Hemingway: If billionaire Bloomberg can’t buy election, how did Russia influence 2016 with relatively paltry sum

(Fox News video screenshots)

Did now-withdrawn billionaire Democrat presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg’s pitiful performance on Super Tuesday inadvertently debunk the persistent conspiracy theory that Russian operatives affected the outcome of the 2016 presidential election?

The evidence suggests it did.

Speaking Wednesday on Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier,” conservative political commentator Mollie Hemingway noted the striking contrast between the half a billion dollars spent by Bloomberg in the ongoing 2020 race and the paltry couple hundred of thousands of dollars reportedly spent by Russian operatives in 2016.


(Source: Fox News)

We had years where people were saying a couple hundred thousand dollars in barely literate ads from Russians caused Donald Trump to win,” she said.

Here you had a guy who spent nearly a billion dollars, and he went nowhere. It’s a humiliating defeat for Michael Bloomberg.”

Host Bret Baier concurred.

“That is a great point,” he said. “So Russia influenced the election with $200,000, $300,000 in Facebook ads, and Mike Bloomberg couldn’t get more than 50 delegates with $650 million?”

Not only does the conspiracy theory make no sense, but it was formally debunked by then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein during a 2018 press conference in which he announced an indictment against the Russians responsible for the ads.

“Now, there is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity. There is no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election,” he said.

The conspiracy theory has nevertheless persisted, with members of the left continuing to cite it as justification for their unsubstantiated belief that the president is relying on the help of Russia to “cheat” in the ongoing 2020 presidential election.

Case in point:

Note that these unhinged, fact-free theories are being propagated by mainstream figures and media outlets …

Bloomberg isn’t even the only billionaire who lost “bigly” after spending enormous sums of money. Billionaire Tom Steyer did as well.

“Despite spending $150 million on ads in early states and $253 million on his campaign in total, Steyer failed to earn any delegates at all or break more than 4% of the vote in Iowa, New Hampshire, or Nevada,” Business Insider reported after Steyer dropped out late last month.

Couple Bloomberg and Steyer’s failed big-money campaigns for the presidency with Rosenstein’s 2018 conclusion, and it seems indisputable that Trump won the 2016 election not because of cheating but rather because “the American people actually wanted Trump to be president over Hillary,” as some Twitter users have opined.


The answer to the question posed by the latter Twitter user remains unknown, though thankfully for the president and his supporters, it’s under investigation.


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