This is pretty cool, but my oh my how Canada and Russia shrunk!
(Special thanks to Max Roser, researcher at the University of Oxford, for this map.)
Here is a link to the Our World In Data website if you want to see a larger version or zoom in by region.
It’s pretty clear that Russia meddled in our last presidential election. And the elections of other democracies. Now I’m not for taking the high road. Goodness knows the U.S.A. has meddled in other countries’ elections. And worse (such as government-sanctioned assassinations). That said, I don’t think it’s something we should overlook or excuse either. After all, we are a democracy. If the integrity of the electoral process is compromised, that which underpins the system collapses. So, yes, it’s a big deal, and it’s something we should address in an aggressive manner.
Yet our president isn’t the least bit bothered by Russia’s interference. Which raises the obvious question: Why not?
I think there can be only two possible answers. First, he’s not bothered by it because it worked to his favor. And, as everyone knows, it’s always about what is best for Donald J. Trump. We have a president who puts nothing — absolutely nothing — above his own personal interests. So he may not be bothered by the whole Russia affair because he was helped by it and expects to be helped even more in the future.
The other possible explanation is that the Russians have something on him. That would explain a lot. In effect, Putin could bring him down by the disclosure of information that revealed Mr. Trump did something that even his more ardent supporters would have a hard time excusing.
So which is it? Explanation # 1 or # 2?
I have no idea. Of course, it could be both. And it could be something entirely different. But it’s unlikely.
P.S. If Trump refuses to answer the special counsel’s questions, his refusal would suggest explanation # 2 is the right one.