WALLACE: Senator Kennedy, who do you believe was responsible for hacking the DNC & Clinton campaign? Russia or Ukraine?
KENNEDY: I don’t know. Nor do you.
W: The entire intel community says it was Russia.
K: Right. But it could be Ukraine. Fiona Hill is entitled to her opinion pic.twitter.com/KQAUkWeJIo
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 24, 2019
So the above was what Senator John Kennedy daid on Fox News about threee days ago.
As you might imagine it resulted in a ton of backlash against him and claims that he was doing Putin’s dirty work.
Now typically that would not make any difference as Republicans are loathe to admit any mistakes.
However Kennedy had a change of heart.
Sen. John Kennedy: “I was wrong. The only evidence I have, and I think it’s overwhelming, is that it was Russia who tried to hack the DNC computer. I’ve seen no indication that Ukraine tried to do it.” https://t.co/Bv2d6p2aHB pic.twitter.com/b7oPL7pKtE
— The Hill (@thehill) November 26, 2019
Courtesy of The Hill:
Appearing on CNN, Kennedy acknowledged that he was “wrong” to say just a day prior that there weren’t definitive answers on who hacked the DNC ahead of the 2016 election. Kennedy claimed he’d misheard a question from Fox News anchor Chris Wallace while appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” causing him to answer incorrectly.
“I was answering one of his questions, and he interjected with a statement and asked me to react to it. What I heard Chris say was only Russia tried to interfere in the election, and I answered the question. That’s not what he said,” Kennedy said on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” noting that Wallace’s question focused on DNC servers.
“Chris is right. I was wrong,” he said. “The only evidence I have, and I think it’s overwhelming, is that it was Russia who tried to hack the DNC computer. I’ve seen no indication that Ukraine tried to do it.”
Now I don’t know if Kennedy is merely caving under pressure on social media and from reporters, or if he sees the writing on the wall and does not want to go down with his president, but either way this about-face is noteworthy and deserves some attention.
Of course it should also be noted that Kennedy made the claims on Fox News, and walked them back on CNN.
As far as Fox News viewers are concerned his words stand because they have no idea what is going on in the world unless Fox News tells them.