Not after the 2016 election, not after the 2018 midterms, and certainly not now, well into the 2020 primary season.
Which is why it should be no great surprise that, as The Washington Post first reported Friday, US officials warned Bernie Sanders that Russia is “attempting to help” his presidential campaign.
The Post is slim on details, other than saying that both Sanders and President Trump were briefed on Russia’s efforts.
The news follows reports Thursday that intelligence officials recently briefed Congress about Russian interference aimed at helping reelect Donald Trump.
“I don’t care, frankly, who [Russian President Vladimir] Putin wants to be president,” Sanders said in a statement to the Post.
But the distinction between Russia’s support for Trump and Sanders then, as now, is that Russia wanted only Trump to win.
But it does speak to what experts say is Russia’s ultimate goal, which is less about Sanders and more about promoting chaos. »