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Was Trump dropping hefty hints on hacking?

He continues to hedge on Russia meddling in our democratic process. Why?

President Donald Trump addresses the Pledge to America's

President Donald Trump addresses the Pledge to America's Workers event at the White House in Washington, D.C. Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Brendan Smialowski

Many are infuriated that President Donald Trump continues to hedge on Russia hacking into our democratic process. This despite overwhelming evidence and unanimous reports from American intelligence. But does he know something we all don’t?

Even when grudgingly reading statements acknowledging Russian meddling, Trump can’t help blurting “but it could be other people also.” Such as? Back in 2016, Trump said the real hacker “could be a guy from New Jersey” or “someone sitting on his bed that weighs 400 pounds.”

Who could the president possibly have in mind? Oh my God — of course. It’s Chris Christie!

Would a man known for chasing a protester down a Jersey Shore street brandishing an ice cream cone, or whose underlings shut down lanes of the George Washington Bridge in a petty effort to get back at a Democratic official who dared not support his candidacy for governor, do such a dastardly thing?

Let’s examine the evidence.

Who was dying to be in Trump’s Cabinet, only to be denied? Who led the chant of “Lock her up!” about Hillary Clinton at the GOP National Convention? Who is a bullying suck-up, morbidly obese and lives in the Garden State? Bingo!

Because if it’s not Russia’s Vladimir Putin, we’d better get to the bottom of this mess soon. The Department of Homeland Security recently announced that Russia was targeting America’s power grid, poisoning it with malware. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said recently that cyberthreats against the United States are “blinking red.”

So why isn’t Trump reading Putin (or Christie, or whomever) the riot act? Hmm . . .

The rumor persists that Christie wants payback for his loyalty to Trump. With senior staff leaving the White House at dizzying rates, Politico recently suggested that Christie is “putting himself in a prime position to land a plum job in the administration.” He seems to feel that Trump owes him.

But could the perpetrator really be Christie? Nah, he wouldn’t (would?) do such a thing, which means the real hacker still might be out there. So if you happen to know of another 400-pound man sitting on his bed in New Jersey while wreaking havoc on our democracy, please alert officials ASAP.

Thanks!

Playwright Mike Vogel blogs at newyorkgritty.net.

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