Jon Karl EMBARRASSES Josh Earnest Over Obvious Russian Hack Hypocrisy...
The Obama Administration and most of the left have suddenly decided to take Russia seriously. Better late than never, I guess. In the final weeks of his presidency, Barry is trying to stick it to Putin and the rest of his comrades. Sanctions and such. But in his relentless pursuit against Vlad, Obama has ventured into hypocrite territory. He's familiar with the area.
Hypocrisy for which Press Secretary Josh Earnest got brought to task...
JON KARL, ABC: So when the Chinese hacked OPM in 2015, 21+ million current and former government employees and contractors had their personal data stolen by the Chinese. Why did the White House do nothing publicly in reaction to that hack? Which in some ways, was even more widespread than what we saw here from the Russians?
JOSH EARNEST: These are two cyber incidents that are malicious in nature but materially different.
KARL: 20 million people had their personal data taken... fingerprints, social security numbers, background checks. This was a far-reaching act--
EARNEST: I'm not downplaying the significance of it, I'm just saying that it is different than seeking to interfere in the conduct of a U.S. national election. I can't speak to the steps that have been taken by the United States in response to that Chinese malicious cyber activity--
KARL: But nothing was announced. There was not a single step announced by the White House.
EARNEST: It is true that there was no public announcement about our response, but I can't speak to what response may have been initiated in private.
KARL: But no diplomats expelled, no compounds shut down, no sanctions imposed, correct?
EARNEST: You don't do that stuff secretly.
So what actually happened here can be summarized in just two exchanges. Here, I rescripted for you:
KARL: "Josh, isn't the president doing all of this public expelling of Russian diplomats as a way to signal to the left that he actually believes, for seriously, that Putin hacked the election, ergo Hillary should've won?"
EARNEST: "Yes, Karl, that's exactly why we only treated the Russian 'hacking' seriously, but not actual hacking from the Chinese a few years back. Duh, how stupid do you have to be to ask?"
Of course, Earnest got embarrassed by the hypocrisy being so exposed. Because if hacking was an actual serious problem, if the Obama administration really cared about punishing those people who hacked Americans? Obama would've treated the Chinese with a bit more seriousness. Instead of shrugging his shoulders and resuming his binge watching of Orange is the New Black. Spoiler alert: lots of lesbians.
But now Obama must communicate to his far fringe lackeys that yes, Putin totally usurped Hillary's presidency and put in The Donald instead.
Ergo it's totally fine to disrespect and continue the protesting of the new President. Becuase he's not the "real" president.
Even though no, not really.
Speaking of hypocrisy...