So maybe Josh was pulling his chain. But for heavens sake, these are the Russians, and Putin, a known thug and murderer, and who was behind the cyberattack. 17 federal intelligence agencies have concluded Russia was behind the hacking.
Those of you have been following these posts can readily identify the rhetorical tools Trump and his team have been using, in this instance to avoid making a substantive comment about Putin or the Russian hack.
See if you can identify the pandering, prevarication, misdirection, insinuation, false equivalency, and false assumptions. Stay tuned . . .
News Article: CIA concludes Russian hack intended to help Trump
Trump - Fox News Sunday - 12/11/16
"I think it's ridiculous. I think it's just another excuse. I don't believe it. . . . I don't know why. I mean they talked about all sorts of things, I think it's another excuse. We had a massive landslide in the electoral college. . . . No, I don't believe it at all. . . .
"If you look at the story and you take a look at what they said, there's great confusion. Nobody really knows. And hacking is very interesting. Once they hack, if you don't catch them in the act, you're not going to catch them. They don't know if it's Russia or China or somebody sitting in a bed someplace. They have no idea."
Josh Earnest, WH press secretary - 12/14/16
"The Republican nominee himself calling on Russia to hack his opponent, it might be an indication that he was obviously aware and concluded based on whatever facts or sources he had available to him that Russia was involved. The Republican nominee chose a campaign chair who had extensive, personal, lucrative ties to the Kremlin, and it was obvious to those who were covering the race that the hack and leak strategy that had been operationalized was not being applied to the two parties."
Kellyanne Conway - 12/15/16
“That is remarkable, that is breath-taking. I guess he's auditioning to be a political pundit. That is disappointing to hear from the podium of the White House press secretary. Because he essentially stated that the president-elect had knowledge of this, maybe even fanned the flames. It’s incredibly irresponsible and I wonder if his boss, President Obama agrees."
Trump - 12/15/16
"If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House wait so long to act? Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?"
Trump - 12/16/16
"Are we talking about the same cyberattack where it was revealed the head of the DNC illegally gave Hillary the questions to the debate?"