@HylianSwordsman woah woah, you went waaaaaaay back there. First let me say something real quick, I don't doubt that russia is trying to hack us, and I don't doubt that we are trying to do the same to them. I'm pretty sure this has been the case for ages but that's besides the point. Oh and here's another point for tulsi since you brought it up. She had a bill on congress for having a paper trail with our voting machines. Just gonna put that out there real quick. I think you're misunderstanding me still. I'm not saying Russia is an ally, but I'm not gonna sit down and get caught up emotionally on what wasn't there and what was there. The troll farms that russia did had less than 3k people see. It wasn't enough to sway any elections, is it a problem? sure but in the case of Russia gate it wasn't a thing. I'm just saying 1 thing and 1 thing only. Russia gate is not a thing, and its using American's fear and dislike of Russia against them.
I'm not out here saying Russia is good and great or anything of the sort, I'm saying looking at all the evidence provided, anyone saying Russia hacked our elections doesn't have a rock to stand on. If you said they tried to influence or tried to hack I'd believe you but their impact was miniscule at best this time around. I'm trying to approach this from an objective angle and that requires evidence. If you keep bringing me evidence you claim to be the big deal but its fake constantly would you believe it? That's the same with me and Russia Gate, that's why I say what I say.
And with the guy on Venezuela... I'm not even gonna bother at all. Anyone thinking the USA is trying to help Venezuela while strangling their economy with sanctions and constantly threatening their leader who has free and fair elections isn't looking at the facts, or is just repeating establishment talking points. I don't know about you, but I watched videos of boots on the ground in venezuela, its funny how its a completely different picture from what america describes and how the majority of the country was against this coup. I'm just gonna leave that there and that's the last time I'm responding to you quoting me on this topic. You have it in your head that Maduro is an evil man, a dictator when he is in fact not.
So I'm not sure what you think Russia gate is that you think it didn't happen? If you're saying we lack evidence that Trump only won the electoral college because Russia changed some votes in three states, then yeah, we lack that evidence, thank God, because that would be terrifying. But you can't just dismiss the troll farms by saying it was 3,000 people. Those 3k worked round the clock, it was all they did, and they focused on swing states, so yeah, they could have reached the 10,000 or so voters in Michigan needed to swing that, the 20,000 or so in Wisconsin to swing that, and the 40,000 or so in PA needed to swing that. Add a few thousand to each state to be exact, and each troll would have to convince about 27 people to swing the election in those states. I think they probably got to a lot more than that. Again, it doesn't mean that Hillary only lost because of that, like I said, she should have crushed Trump to a fine powder given who he was and she would have if she weren't so uniquely toxic. The point here is just that Russia is doing it, it definitely could make a difference in a close election, and that should be enough for you to care about it. On principle, you should care about it, because even if it didn't swing an election, a candidate taking office with a weaker mandate than they otherwise would have earned is bad for our country. You're letting the fact that it was Clinton that was affected cloud your judgement here. Russia's interference is bad news.
Now if when you say "Russiagate didn't happen" you mean that there's NO COLLUSION, well maybe, but then why would Trump try so hard to cover it up? He let out this recent transcript on purpose because he thought he had nothing to hide, showing he's just that corrupt, but also showing that when he thinks he's in the right, he won't hide. In all likelihood, if he didn't try to work directly with Russia to promise them favors in exchange for their help winning the election, it's probably because he failed to, but did try. And he definitely is the type to try to get other countries to help him win elections, because he fucking confessed to asking Ukraine and released, willingly and on purpose, a written memo on a phone call of him doing so. This is a dude who thinks that's so okay he'll give you written proof of it. So whatever he did with Russia that he tried so hard to hide had to have been bad enough that even he knew it'd be bad to have it out there in the public eye. I don't think people are always rational, but they do have reasons for their behavior, and Occam's Razor says if Trump is acting like he's trying to hide something, it's probably because he has something to hide. I'm not getting emotionally caught up in it, I just don't see any reason to fight against that idea. You're not some intellectual bastion because you insist Trump is innocent until proven guilty.