Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who briefly became an iconic political figure when she was tapped to be the Republican Party’s vice presidential nominee in 2008, is weighing in on Twitter about the CIA’s official assessment that Russia hacked into the Democratic National Committee in order to help Donald Trump win the 2016 election.
Russia’s getting out of hand? So says the defeated. Not to worry…; remember I can keep an eye on them from here. https://t.co/jQBCDV5O3W
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) December 12, 2016
Palin’s tweet seems to be consistent with Trump’s own spin on the CIA’s report, which is that it’s “ridiculous” and “just another excuse.” That said, it contradicts the conclusion of the head of Palin’s own former ticket, Sen. John McCain, who has joined Republicans like Sen. Lindsey Graham in acknowledging that Russia deliberately interfered in America’s presidential election.
“I don’t know what to make of it because it’s clear the Russians interfered,” said McCain on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “Whether they intended to interfere to the degree that they were trying to elect a certain candidate, I think that’s a subject of investigation. But facts are stubborn things. They did hack into this campaign.”
Although McCain stopped short of agreeing with the CIA that Russia acted in order to help Trump, the notion that Putin wished to see a far-right nationalist elected in America is hardly far-fetched. Russia has lent various support to politicians with that right-wing ideological stripe from Germany, France, and the United Kingdom, as The Atlantic reported in October. A comprehensive list of connections between Team Trump and Putin’s Russia was compiled by Time Magazine in August.