Is the left calling for an all-out war with Russia after President Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin? That is how, to some, they’re coming across, starting with a Politico contributor.
“Putin’s Attack on the U.S. is our Pearl Harbor,” declared a Politico opinion piece in a headline on Monday. “Make no mistake: Hacking the 2016 election was an act of war. It’s time we responded accordingly.”
The U.S. responded accordingly in 1941, declaring war on Japan after more than 2,400 Americans were killed at Pearl Harbor. Japan attacked before they even officially declared war on the U.S.
Now Politico's contributor is using war-like language in demanding action against Russia for their suspected interference in the U.S. election, even though there’s no evidence that any such interference helped Trump win the election. And the Politico contributor is not the only one.
On Tuesday, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) said there’s “no question about it” when asked if Russia’s hacking is an act of war, The Hill reported. He proposed a cyber counterattack on Russia so intense that it would leave the country in ruins.
"A cyber attack that made Russian society valueless. They could have gone into Russian banks, Russian government. Our cyber abilities are such that we could have attacked them with a cyber attack that would have crippled Russia," Cohen said.
The congressman even implied that we need a military coup to take Trump out of office, writing on Twitter, “Where are our military folks? The Commander in Chief is in the hands of our enemy!”
Former Watergate Prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks told MSNBC, “[Trump’s] performance today will live in infamy as much as the Pearl Harbor attack or Kristallnacht.”
Kristallnacht is the 1938 Holocaust atrocity where Nazis murdered close to a hundred Jews, destroyed their homes and synagogues, and put 30,000 Jewish men in concentration camps in Germany.
She also compared Russia’s cyberattack to the “Cuban Missile Crisis, in terms of an attack, or the 9/11 Attack.”
The Politico, Cohen, and Wine-Banks were slammed for their opinions on social media.
Watch Trump’s joint press conference in Putin on Monday:
CORRECTION: This story was corrected from the original version to make it clear that the war-like language from the Politico was written by a Politico contributor, who did not explicitly make a call for Trump to declare World War III.