At Fox & Friends, Thursday, operation Trump-Russia is a nothingburger was in high gear. Joining the usuals on the couch was colorful show regular Mark Steyn.
The focus specifically was on Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. For his part, Steyn was in overdrive playing down her importance, arguing that since she apparently overstayed a U.S. visa for half a year during the previous administration, that this was evidence she was not a threatening figure.
“They let this person stay in the country, overstay for six month,” he said. “The Democrats are saying, ‘oh she’s Putin’s best buddy, she’s like some crack KGB honeytrap,'” Steyn chortled.
Co-host Ainsley Earhardt then stepped up to the plate with some fresh whataboutism.
“Word now the DNC could be investigated because they did the same things and had connections with Ukraine,” she volunteered.
Republican in recent days have made fair hay of a Politico report from January detailing Ukrainian efforts to interfere in the U.S. election on behalf of Hillary Clinton. One big difference, however, highlighted by Politifact, was the following nugget from the original report.
“Russia’s effort was personally directed by Russian President Vladimir Putin (and) involved the country’s military and foreign intelligence services,” the article said. “There’s little evidence of such a top-down effort by Ukraine.”
No matter — Steyn happily took the assist.
“The official body of the Democratic party is meeting on Ukrainian territory in the Embassy in Washington to get the goods on U.S. citizens and they actually took Paul Manafort out of the campaign with their collusion. Their collusion had real results.”
He then went on to dismiss both Rob Goldstone as a “goofball, washed up music publicist’ and his client, Aras Agalarov as a “z list oligarch”
And that’s why we always hit unmute when we see Steyn’s ginger haired mane on our screens!
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