On New Year’s Eve President Elect Trump was asked about a report that Russia was behind a hack of John Podesta’s emails to sway the election in favor of Mr. Trump. John Podesta was campaign manager for Hilary Clinton.
Mr. Trump has reason to want this to go away, and even though evidence is overwhelming, he disputes this. On New Year’s Eve he proclaimed that he knew “things that other people don’t know” about the hacking, and that the information would be revealed today or tomorrow. We don’t know what that will be, but we got a clue from his press secretary Sean Spicer. You can (no kidding) read this on the web page Red State but Sean said this on CNN:
It’s not a question of necessarily revealing. He’s going to talk about his conclusions and where he thinks things stand. He’s not going to reveal anything that was privileged or was shared with him classified. I think he can share with people his conclusions of the report and his understanding of the situation and make sure people understand there’s a lot of questions out there.
Got that? Trump’s press secretary has already told us that he won’t keep his promise but, once again, will give us his opinion.
Sadly there is a pattern here. Trump promises to reveal plans in the future and then hopes we’ll forget. Last September he promised he had a plan to destroy ISIS but refused to disclose it. Strangely, we haven’t heard anything about it since.
After his election many of us grew uneasy over possible conflicts of interest. Later in the month he promised to hold a press conference on December 15th to announce his plans to avoid any conflict. On December 12th his campaign announced that the press conference was postponed until sometime this month. Nothing since.
Simply put, he’s hoping we’re not keeping track. He hopes we won’t hold him accountable to his own words. He hopes we don’t care if he tells the truth. But we do.
Trump won the election based on people who “wanted a change” so badly that they don’t care what he does. They just want a different path.
But we are different. We’re going to spend the next four years holding him accountable to what he says. We read the newspapers, we watch the news, and we remember.