MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Talks About Thing Trump Said After New Russian Intel Report That Sent a 'Shiver Down Her Spine'
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow went off the rails on Friday night, following President-elect Donald Trump's release of a statement about his earlier meeting with leaders of the U.S. intelligence community regarding Russian cyberattacks on Democrats.
Before it was over, an exasperated Maddow called Trump a “blatant liar” and said his statement sent a “shiver down her spine.”
As reported by The New York Times, Trump called the meeting “constructive.”
“I had a constructive meeting and conversation with the leaders of the Intelligence Community this afternoon. I have tremendous respect for the work and service done by the men and women of this community to our great nation.
While Russia, China, other countries, outside groups and people are consistently trying to break through the cyber infrastructure of our governmental institutions, businesses and organizations including the Democrat National Committee, there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election including the fact that there was no tampering whatsoever with voting machines. There were attempts to hack the Republican National Committee, but the RNC had strong hacking defenses and the hackers were unsuccessful.
Whether it is our government, organizations, associations or businesses we need to aggressively combat and stop cyberattacks. I will appoint a team to give me a plan within 90 days of taking office. The methods, tools and tactics we use to keep America safe should not be a public discussion that will benefit those who seek to do us harm. Two weeks from today I will take the oath of office and America’s safety and security will be my number one priority.”
Appears to be a reasonable response. So which part “weirded out” Maddow and sent a “shiver down her spine”?
“...there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election...”
Of that statement, Maddow said Trump “blatantly, overtly, bluntly, simply lied.”
She must believe that President Obama is a blatant liar, as well.
A White House statement — two weeks after the election — said that regardless of the hack, the results of the election “accurately reflect the will of the American people.”
"The Kremlin probably expected that publicity surrounding the disclosures that followed the Russian government-directed compromises of emails from U.S. persons and institutions, including from U.S. political organizations, would raise questions about the integrity of the election process that could have undermined the legitimacy of the president-elect.
Nevertheless, we stand behind our election results, which accurately reflect the will of the American people."
In addition, James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, said during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday that the U.S. intelligence community has no way of determining what impact — if any — the cyberattack had on the election.
Apparently, Clapper and the heads of America's other intelligence agencies failed to check with Rachel Maddow.