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Michael Tracey
Hillary Clinton is more personally responsible for the fraudulent Trump/Russia narrative than is generally appreciated. Recall these deranged talking points, which later became ubiquitous: introduced by campaign manager Robby Mook on ABC, August 21, 2016
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Michael Tracey Mar 30
Replying to @mtracey
Remember, this was around the time Hillary was being more-or-less overtly endorsed by former senior “intelligence” chiefs like Mike Morell, Michael Hayden, John McLaughlin, etc. as well as neocons like Robert Kagan, David Frum, Max Boot, and Paul Wolfowitz
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Michael Tracey Mar 30
Replying to @mtracey
Of course, Hillary also funded the Steele Dossier (then concealed it for 1.5 years) which was later surreptitiously shared with Clinton-friendly reporters like David Corn. The fraudulent Dossier was then cited by the FBI as its basis for acquiring a FISA warrant on Carter Page
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Michael Tracey Mar 30
Replying to @mtracey
Infamously, Hillary cranked the conspiratorial lunacy into high gear when she accused Trump of being Putin's "puppet" at the third debate on October 19. This false notion (that Trump was compromised) fueled the next 2.5 years of hysterical media coverage and Democratic theatrics
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Michael Tracey Mar 30
Replying to @mtracey
Then within 24 hours of her loss (according to the book "Shattered," the definitive inside account of her campaign) Team Hillary decided that "Russia" would be the explanatory narrative they'd push, and most of the media fell in line without applying even basic critical scrutiny
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Michael Tracey Mar 30
Replying to @mtracey
And so, the events set into motion by Hillary's craven conspiracy-mongering dominated US politics for nearly 3 years -- doing irreparable damage to the body politic, and ultimately empowering Trump. The depravities inflicted on the country by the Clintons never seem to stop
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Stephen McIntyre Mar 30
Replying to @mtracey
Mook put Russia conspiracy meme into play as early as July 25 (on Sunday talk shows.) He referred to special source. This may well be first veiled reference to Steele memoranda (which are attested to be in circulation at that time according to a WSJ reporter.)
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Michael Tracey Mar 30
Replying to @ClimateAudit
Link to the July 25 example?
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Stephen McIntyre Mar 30
Replying to @mtracey
will look up and revert in a few minutes. I made a chronology a while ago.
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Undercover Huber Mar 30
Replying to @mtracey @ClimateAudit
Mook was being briefed personally on the Steele dossier. He originally allocated the funding to Perkins Coie as well
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Michael Tracey Mar 30
Do you have any links elaborating on this?
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Undercover Huber Mar 31
Replying to @mtracey @ClimateAudit
Here you go: 1: Mook being briefed on the dossier (sources: Majority HPSCI Report; Jane Mayer, New Yorker) 2: Mook allocating the funding for Perkins Coie (Anderson Cooper CNN interview with Mook)
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Aviva Mar 31
This corner of twitter deserves the Pulitzer.
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Daniel Whiteman Mar 30
Replying to @mtracey
Wasn't the Hillary campaign in '08 originally responsible for Birther-ism too? It's hardly surprising.
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Jozef T'Challomy Mar 30
Indeed. That campaign also “won the national popular vote” in the primaries, yet never seemed too miffed about that. Huh.
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Gugge⏳ Mar 30
Replying to @mtracey
Yes. This illustration pretty much sums it up.
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Naveed Mar 30
Replying to @mtracey
The funny part is DNC destroyed the servers before FBI could look at it.
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🇺🇸MAGAme🇺🇸 Mar 31
Replying to @NhasanNaveed @mtracey
Yep. They did not want the truth to get out - or whatever else was on the servers to be seen.
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Michael Saveland Mar 30
Replying to @mtracey
Exactly, those talking points were specifically designed to make sure Hilary’s staff/DNC staff wouldn’t lose their jobs incase she lost the election. No need for a postmortem shake up if the loss is Russia’s fault.
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NameRedacted (Not Harold Finch OR Impersonator) Mar 31
Plus, you keep angry donors at bay. She blew a war chest of $1.2 BILLION. That would require LOTS of angry donors.
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Tom Kattman Mar 30
Replying to @mtracey @Barnes_Law
I’m so glad she told us in advance that not accepting the results of an election would be “horrifying.” Oh, wait, that was only if *she* won. 🤦🏻‍♂️
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Tom Kattman Mar 30
Replying to @mtracey @Barnes_Law
Speaking of which, people have been passing around this old tweet of mine this week so apparently it’s still felt to be relevant.
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