Louisiana’s Senator John Kennedy is certainly one of the chamber’s more colorful Senators. The way the southern folky sayings roll off his tongue in some interviews has some folks grinnin’ like a possum eating fire ants. Aside from his clever quips, however, sometimes Kennedy shows America that his cornbread ain’t quite done in the middle.
Such a time was over the weekend when Kennedy appeared for a Fox News interview with Chris Wallace. On that program, Wallace clearly asked Kennedy whether he believed Russia was responsible for the 2016 hack. Wallace noted that the U.S. intelligence community has overwhelmingly concluded that Russia, and not Ukraine, hacked the DNC server. Kennedy responded that “it could also be Ukraine,” and added that “I don’t know, nor do you, nor do any of us,” whether Ukraine was responsible for the hack.
Somewhere in-between Sunday and Monday, Kennedy must have realized he was barkin’ up the wrong tree and had a come to Jesus moment. When asked about his answer to Wallace on Sunday, Kennedy was singin’ a different tune.
“I was wrong,” Kennedy said in an interview on CNN Monday evening. “The only evidence I have, and I think it’s overwhelming, is that it was Russia to tried to hack the DNC computer.”
The Louisiana Senator claimed that he “misheard” Wallace in the Fox interview. Looking at the video below, one can easily see that Kennedy was trying to pee down America’s leg while telling everyone it was raining.
In the Fox interview, Kennedy was trying to promote the same conspiracy theories that the White House has tried to convince the American people are true, even though they have been clearly debunked. After his answer to Wallace about Ukraine and Crowdstrike, Kennedy continued to take a gratuitous shot at the person who is considered by many to be the premier expert on the subject, Fiona Hill. He tried to write off Hill’s testimony as just an “opinion” and anyone else’s “opinion” was equally as valid.
That is hardly the case. Hill has more knowledge and study on the subject than just about anyone in the world. That isn’t an opinion, that is a fact that only someone with one oar in the water would try to discredit.
This is what Hill had to say:
“Based on questions and statements I have heard, some of you on this committee appear to believe that Russia and its security services did not conduct a campaign against our country and that perhaps, somehow, for some reason, Ukraine did. This is a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves.”
She added –, “I refuse to be part of an effort to legitimize an alternative narrative that the Ukrainian government is a US adversary, and that Ukraine—not Russia—attacked us in 2016.”
When intelligence experts refer to people being unwitting agents of Russia and being the tools that the Russians use to spread their propaganda, they aren’t just referring to Trump or his social media posts. They are referring to those congressional members like Devin Nunes that promote the same theories in the actual hearings. They are also referring to people like Senator Kennedy who up until Monday, was trying to promote the same theories and discredit experts like Fiona Hill.
Of course, good sense is a flower that doesn’t grow in everybody’s garden. Let us hope that the truth mule doesn’t have to kick the Louisiana Senator again. For as any southerner knows, there ain’t no education in the second kick of a mule.