On Tuesday, Jared Kushner, White House adviser and son-in-law to President Donald Trump, suggested that Russian meddling in American elections was nothing more than the purchase of a few Facebook ads.
It was a characterization of events that at least one Fox News host didn’t find acceptable.
Shepard Smith, describing Kushner’s comments during a “Time 100” speaking engagement that he was part of on Tuesday, showed a clip on his Fox News program. In that clip, Kushner suggested that the investigation into his father-in-law’s campaign’s actions, related to Russia meddling, actually did more damage to the nation than did the attempts at interference themselves.
“[Y]ou look at what Russia did, buying Facebook ads and trying to sow dissent, it’s a terrible thing but the investigations and all of the speculation that has happened the last two years has had a much harsher impact than a couple of Facebook ads,” Kushner said.
Smith, while speaking on his program on Fox News, laid out a myriad of reasons why that description was misleading.
“Jared Kushner’s diminishment of Russian interference is both disingenuous and deceptive,” Smith explained to viewers. “The attack on our democracy involved much more than the purchase of a few Facebook ads.”
Smith went on to explain the many ways that Russia interfered with our elections in 2016, painting in no uncertain terms the extreme lengths the Kremlin went to in order to disrupt our exercise in democracy — and further detailed the ways Trump’s inner-circle wasn’t so innocent in the affair.
“From the Mueller report we now know Russians made contact with multiple members of the Trump campaign, including Jared Kushner, attempting to change American policies and promote Russian objectives,” Smith said.
He added that Russians received polling data from the Trump campaign, that Trump’s companies discussed business ventures with Moscow well-into the election season, that Russia sought to discuss policy goals with Trump’s people, and that Kushner, along with Donald Trump Jr., agreed to meet with a Russian lawyer with ties to that government in order to discuss “getting dirt” on Trump’s political opponent, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. These were among many other issues that special counsel Robert Mueller found in his eponymous report.
Russia “invaded our nation, in both the cyber and physical worlds,” Smith added.
He lambasted Trump’s son-in-law’s characterization that the Kremlin’s campaign of interference was a simple issue of well-placed advertisements on a social media site.
“On the matter of Russian interference, the Facebook ads Jared Kushner referenced were but a sliver of Russia’s attack on America,” Smith said.
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