According to a new poll from Scott Rasmussen, only 34% of American voters are aware of the fact that Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee paid for the Steel dossier during the 2016 election.
That is a phenomenal figure. And the reason it’s so phenomenal is that this was a huge revelation. This dossier, which spurred 1,000 conspiracy theories, arguably set the course for the Russia investigation, and certainly formed the basis for at least one set of foreign surveillance warrants…is nothing more than opposition research trash! And only 34% of voters know that?
Let’s put it this way: If it were discovered that the entire Hillary Clinton email scandal had been based around a memo written by Rudy Giuliani or Steve Bannon, how many Americans would now be aware of that? 95%? On the low end? The media would have trumpeted that up one side of The New York Times and down the other side of CNN for a year straight. Funny how that same media never thought it was particularly newsworthy to report that Christopher Steele’s infamous dossier was the product of Clinton cash. So very funny.
Given that this is apparently such a secret, we were surprised to read the other poll result, which is that 64% of voters think the FBI knew the dossier was phony when they used it to secure those warrants against Carter Page. How you would even know that much with the way the media has spun this story, we’re not sure. But that’s at least evidence that some truth gets through even when the powers-that-be do everything they can to obstruct it.
Of course, this is all water under the bridge for the Democrats. Post-Mueller, they’re trying to pretend that this whole Russian Collusion story was just a bad dream. Now they only want to talk tax returns, obstruction of justice, and the many evils of William Barr. Collusion? Who ever said anything about collusion? Oh, that was just Trump’s propaganda. We never said he was in league with the Russians, how preposterous!
That the Russian Backlash has not yet hit the Democrats in the polls is astounding to us, but we expect it’s the same factor that explains the 34% figure above. If the media paints a picture, most Americans are going to buy it, no matter how idiotic it is. Trump’s 2016 victory is proof that the media’s picture can be overcome, but the fact that Democrats are not constantly having to defend their participation in this hoax is proof that it’s still a huge mountain to climb.