By Duncan Smith
Though Russian collusion truthers like Rep. Eric ‘Farthead’ Swalwell and his Democratic California colleague Rep. Adam Schiff continue to hawk the lie that President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin cheated Hillary out of the White House in 2016, U.S. intelligence officials are warning that it’s China, not Russia, that’s the bigger 2020 election threat.
And frankly, that makes perfect sense.
The last person President Xi Jinping wants to see reelected is Donald Trump, who has used the awesome power of the United States and our No. 1 economy to force Beijing to make a lot of trade concessions — which were, of course, essentially blasted out of the water thanks to China’s coronavirus incompetence.
Fox News has the story:
Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe told Fox News that China poses 'a greater national security threat' to the United States 'than any other nation,' detailing a web of threats that includes 'election influence and interference.'
Intelligence officials say they are increasingly concerned about interference in the U.S. election by China, adding to existing concerns about meddling by Russia that have been around since 2016, as well as the threat of meddling from Iran.
“China poses a greater national security threat to the U.S. than any other nation – economically, militarily and technologically. That includes threats of election influence and interference,' Ratcliffe told Fox News in a statement.
While Russia was widely seen as favoring now-President Trump and generally seeking to sow chaos in America during the 2016 election, the difference with China is it is seen to be seeking a Trump loss in November. Yet congressional Democrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who ever since 2016 have issued dire warnings about Russian meddling, have not been quite so vocal about China's potential to interfere in the 2020 election.
Pelosi, D-Calif., last week said the threats of interference from Russia and China are 'not equivalent,' while urging the intelligence community to put out more information about Russian efforts, saying Moscow is 'actively 24/7 interfering in our election.'
Ratcliffe said the threat from China is actually significant, and he is 'committing the IC resources needed to fully understand the threat posed by China and provide U.S. policymakers with the best intelligence to counter China's broad and deep malign activities.'
'China is concerned that President Trump's reelection would lead to a continuation of policies that they perceive to be 'anti-China,'' Ratcliffe explained, noting that the intelligence community has briefed 'hundreds of members of Congress' to raise their concerns about China 'and its increased efforts to impact the U.S. policy climate in its favor.'
Also, downplaying China keeps the heat off Beijing as it meddles in our election — something the Democrats welcome because they don’t want Trump reelected, either.
There is a political entity in the U.S. that is more diabolical than the Democrat Party. What a bunch of America-haters.
As for China, Trump will have to continue dealing with them after he wins reelection.
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