Philly.com- In the wake of a stunning news conference in which Donald Trump kowtowed to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the president is now walking back his pro-Russia remarks and claiming he believes that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
But in my view, the damage is already done, and the focus must now turn to the GOP response.
The Republican Party has spent decades claiming that its attempts to restrict voting rights were all about maintaining the integrity of elections.
But now that the GOP’s standard-bearer has shown himself unwilling to confront Putin over Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, the Republican stance on voting rights has been exposed. If the Republican Party does not strongly condemn Russian interference with our elections — and Trump’s condoning of it — then all their talk about election integrity has been pure hypocrisy.