In hidden camera footage, liberal CNN contributor Van Jones dismissed the ongoing Russia-Trump investigations as "a big nothing burger" (video below).
The video was published on June 28 by Project Veritas, a conservative group that specializes in hidden camera stings directed at liberals and liberal causes.
The video, which was shot on June 26, shows a person approaching Jones on the street, asking him about what's "going to happen this week with the whole Russia thing."
To which Jones replied: "The Russia thing is just a big nothing burger. There’s nothing there you can do."
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Many Democrats are now publicly stating the same thing, reports The Hill.
In an interview with MSNBC on June 22, Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio spoke on the Russia matter:
We can't just talk about Russia because people back in Ohio aren't really talking that much about Russia, about Putin, about Michael Flynn. They're trying to figure out how they're going to make the mortgage payment, how they're going to pay for their kids to go to college, what their energy bill looks like. And if we don't talk more about their interest than we do about how we're so angry with Donald Trump and everything that's going on, then we're never going to be able to win elections.
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Democratic Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota said most voters in his state don't care about the Russia-Trump investigation. "I did a 22-county tour. … Nobody’s focusing on that," he explained. "That’s not to say that they don’t think Russia and those things are important, [but] it’s certainly not top on their minds."
Democratic Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont explained that his constituents are most concerned with dysfunction in Washington and the Republicans’ plans to repeal Obamacare. "We should be focused relentlessly on economic improvement [and] we should stay away from just piling on the criticism of Trump, whether it’s about Russia, whether it’s about Comey," he said. "Because that has its own independent dynamic, it’s going to happen on its own without us piling on. We’re much better off if we just do the hard work of coming up with an agenda. Talking about Trump and Russia doesn’t create an agenda."
Democratic Rep. Joseph Crowley of New York added: "As much as I think people in Washington tend to focus on the issues of Russia, and the president and the Republicans’ inability to get much of anything accomplished … we need to focus on the local issues."
Democratic Rep. Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania also justified putting the Trump investigations on the back burner. "If you see me treating Russia and criticisms of the president and things like that as a secondary matter, it’s because that’s how my constituents feel about it. I don’t think anybody wants to give a pass to illegal or unethical activity. But in life we all have priorities, and the first priority for my constituents is to their families -- as it should be."
A Harvard-Harris national poll conducted June 19-21 also found a big disconnect between Russiagate and voters around the country.
The co-director of the Harvard-Harris poll, Mark Penn, commented on the results: “While the voters have a keen interest in any Russian election interference, they are concerned that the investigations have become a distraction for the president and Congress that is hurting rather than helping the country.”