Trump Supporters Really Don’t Care About the Russian Indictments. Do You?

Large segments of our population have been brainwashed into believing that crimes are not really crimes.

As the old saying goes, they don’t know what they don’t know.

The hardcore followers of Donald Trump–the ones who consume nothing but right-wing media, including social media–really do think the indictments of twelve Russian operatives for meddling in the 2016 presidential election is just so much fake news, just another effort by the “deep state” to discredit the 45th President. They don’t give a damn about the evidence or the facts; Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein might as well have been talking about climate change.

Once again, we are bearing witness to America’s ideological segregation–a segregation rigidly enforced by the right:

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s new indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence officials for interfering in the 2016 presidential election contains no accusations they worked in concert with Trump campaign officials — but that doesn’t mean future indictments won’t.

During a news conference held to announce the indictment, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein stressed that Mueller’s investigation isn’t over. Nonetheless, Republicans and Trump officials responded to the latest indictment by disingenuously acting as though Trump had been exonerated.

The Republican Party’s Twitter account pretended the latest indictment will be the last one.

“As @realDonaldTrump has been saying all along: No collusion,” they wrote.

But without naming names, Mueller’s indictment indicates that a longtime Trump adviser, Roger Stone, was in touch with a newly-indicted Russian hacker who went by the online pseudonym Guccifer 2.0 during the summer of 2016. That revelation confirms earlier reporting about Stone’s contacts with Russian hackers…

Fox News — the same network Trump explicitly promoted during a news conference in the U.K. hours earlier — was [also] spinning the indictment as a win for Trump.

“I think it does help Trump,” Fox News contributor Charlie Hurt said on Outnumbered Overtime. “When he takes that seriously, and he says ‘I’m going to go to Putin and ask him questions about it,’ it shows how serious he is about something that’s serious.”

Let’s not underestimate the horror of it all. Large segments of our population have been brainwashed into believing that crimes are not really crimes, that foreign interference in an American election isn’t really a thing. Large segments of our population will cheer on command for the firing of Rosenstein:

House conservatives are preparing a new push to oust Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, according to three conservative Capitol Hill sources — putting the finishing touches on an impeachment filing even as Rosenstein announced the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for interfering in the 2016 election.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, in fact, had the impeachment document on the floor of the House at the very moment that Rosenstein spoke to reporters and TV cameras Friday.

Conservative GOP lawmakers have been plotting to remove Rosenstein for weeks, accusing him of slow-walking their probe of FBI agents they’ve accused of bias against President Donald Trump.

Democrats contend Republicans’ fixation on Rosenstein is really an effort to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller, who reports to Rosenstein and has been making inroads in his investigation of the Russian election interference plot. Mueller’s probe has entangled members of Trump’s inner circle and Trump has increasingly assailed it as a politically motivated “witch hunt” as it’s presented greater danger to him and his allies.

Conservative sources say they could file the impeachment document as soon as Monday, as Meadows and Freedom Caucus founder Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) look to build Republican support in the House. One source cautioned, however, that the timing was still fluid.

The day will come when Trump is out of office. However, those who backed Trump will still be around, embracing the disinformation fed to them by right-wing media outlets and casting votes based on such disinformation. Americans who believe in facts, truth, logic and honesty in our political system will have to fight even harder against those folks then they had to fight against Trump himself.

D.R. Tucker

D. R. Tucker is a Massachusetts-based journalist who has served as the weekend contributor for the Washington Monthly since May 2014. He has also written for the Huffington Post, the Washington Spectator, the Metrowest Daily News, investigative journalist Brad Friedman's Brad Blog and environmental journalist Peter Sinclair's Climate Crocks.