During the 2012 election, Barack Obama and the entire Democratic Party mocked Mitt Romney for expressing concerns about Russia.
Then Russia annexed Crimea, killed dissident journalists, committed human rights violations during the Sochi Winter Olympics, and hacked the DNC.
Now Democrats are prepared to bomb the Kremlin, literally. One top Democrat realized the error of his ways and issued a mea culpa.
Brian Fallon, a Hillary Clinton campaign spokesman, admitted Romney was right all along.
From The Blaze:
Brian Fallon, a former spokesman for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign, took to Twitter on Wednesday to admit that Democrats “erred” in 2012 when they mocked then-Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for calling Russia the United States’ “number one geopolitical foe.”
During his presidential campaign, Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, said during a March 2012 interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that Russia “is without question our number one geopolitical foe.”
Russia “always stands up for the world’s worst actors,” Romney said, citing the country’s support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who “is murdering his own people.”
Romney also blasted former President Barack Obama for his comment to then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he’d have more “flexibility” after the election.
“Russia is not a friendly character on the world stage and for this president to be looking for greater flexibility where he doesn’t have to answer to the American people in his relations with Russia is very, very troubling, very alarming,” Romney said. “I am very, very concerned.”
Democrats, including Obama, dismissed Romney’s characterization of Russia as an adversary throughout the 2012 election cycle.
Romney, who calls Russia our “No. 1 geopolitical foe,” doesn’t seem to realize it’s the 21st century. #RomneyNotReady http://t.co/xcvhOAFS
During an October 2012 debate, Obama mocked Romney, arguing that “the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because, you know, the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.”
“I know you haven’t been in a position to actually execute foreign policy, but every time you’ve offered an opinion, you’ve been wrong,” Obama said.
A mere four years later, in the aftermath of Clinton’s loss to President Donald Trump and the finding of the American intelligence community that Russia sought to influence the 2016 election, many Democrats began to come around to Romney’s point of view. Fallon, who is now a CNN commentator, appears to be one of them.
In a tweet referencing a recent debate between Fox News’ Tucker Carlson and Max Boot, a former Romney adviser, about Russian President Vladimir Putin, Fallon [said]:
“We Dems erred in ’12 by mocking Boot/Romney Russia worry.”
Obama was particularly defiant in his mockery of Romney regarding Russia. The debate clip was played over and over, and contributed to his defeat in 2012.
Now Romney has the last laugh.
If the Democrats had heeded his warning, perhaps they would’ve been less cavalier about email security.
Then again, Hillary Clinton might be president today, so events worked out the way they needed to.