While the focus of the majority of reports on President Trump's press conference was on his calling out the mainstream media for reporting fake news, he also made a huge point which largely went un-reported, other than in direct transcripts, because it did not fit the MSM's anti-Russia narrative. Trump said that "There's no upside" to going to war with Russia, or any other nuclear power, stating "nuclear holocaust would be like no other. They're a very powerful nuclear country, and so are we. If we have a good relationship with Russia — believe me — that's a good thing, not a bad thing."
Trump believes, as many Americans do, that finding common ground, common goals, and working towards an amicable relationship with Russia, who happens to be a nuclear power like the U.S., would take us a step further from the "cold war" mentality that has encompassed relations with Russia during Barack Obama's term.
In late December senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, After Trump won the election, took a trip and visited Ukrainian soldiers, where they encouraged more conflict with Russia, and they did so publicly, we have the video!
Before showing their outright push for war, by publicly slamming Russian President Vladimir Putin, stating outright "Our fight is not with the Russian people but with Putin," a quick refresher on events from 2014.
Immediately following that ouster, Russia moved to protect the Russian population of Crimea, which the mainstream media continues to call an "annexation," and to which the U.S. under Obama issued sanctions against Russia for, calling it Russian aggression, but the demographic breakdown of Crimea lends credence to Putin's claims that they were protecting the majority ethnic Russian population in Crimea.
According to the 2014 Ukrainian population census, 65.3% of the population of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea are ethnic Russians, 15.7% are ethnic Ukrainians and 12.2% are Crimean Tatars. In Sevastopol, 71.6% are ethnic Russians and 22.4% are ethnic Ukrainians.77% of Crimea's and 94% of Sevastopol's population are native speakers of Russian. (Source)
On March 16, 2014, a referendum was held on the status of Crimea, where 83.1 percent of Crimea voters turned out to decide if they wanted to join Russia as a federal subject, or if they wanted to restore the 1992 Crimean constitution and Crimea's status as a part of Ukraine.
The official result from the Autonomous Republic of Crimea was a 96.77 percent vote for integration of the region into the Russian Federation.(Sources-here and here)
According to Forbes, a year later, the local population of Crimea are still happy with their choice.
The U.S and European Union may want to save Crimeans from themselves. But the Crimeans are happy right where they are.
One year after the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula in the Black Sea, poll after poll shows that the locals there -- be they Ukrainians, ethnic Russians or Tatars are mostly all in agreement: life with Russia is better than life with Ukraine.
Little has changed over the last 12 months. Despite huge efforts on the part of Kiev, Brussels, Washington and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the bulk of humanity living on the Black Sea peninsula believe the referendum to secede from Ukraine was legit. At some point, the West will have to recognize Crimea's right to self rule. Unless we are all to believe that the locals polled by Gallup and GfK were done so with FSB bogey men standing by with guns in their hands.
In June 2014, a Gallup poll with the Broadcasting Board of Governors asked Crimeans if the results in the March 16, 2014 referendum to secede reflected the views of the people. A total of 82.8% of Crimeans said yes. When broken down by ethnicity, 93.6% of ethnic Russians said they believed the vote to secede was legitimate, while 68.4% of Ukrainians felt so. Moreover, when asked if joining Russia will ultimately make life better for them and their family, 73.9% said yes while 5.5% said no.
It is now 2017 and despite Crimea being perfectly happy with their choice, the U.S. mainstream media continues to push the narrative that Crimea is being "occupied" by Russia, without bothering to acknowledge that the people of Crimea do not consider themselves "occupied," but consider themselves part of Russia and are content with their choice in 2014.
Enter the warmongers, Senators' John McCain and Lindsey Graham, on December 31, 2016, after the U.S. presidential election, where they took a trip to Ukraine to visit with Ukrainian forces, amidst attempts by the EU to negotiate a ceasefire between Russia and Ukraine, where they are seen in the video below, encouraging the Ukrainian soldiers to fight Russia.
Senator Lindsey Graham:
"I admire the fact that you will fight for your homeland."
"Your fight is our fight, 2017 will be the year of offense."
"All of us will go back to Washington and we will push the case against Russia. Enough of a Russian aggression. It is time for them to pay a heavier price."
"Our fight is not with the Russian people but with Putin. Our promise to you is to take your cause to Washington, inform the American people of your bravery and make the case against Putin to the world."
Senator John McCain:
"I believe you will win. I am convinced you will win and we will do everything we can to provide you with what you need to win. We have succeeded not because of equipment but because of your courage.
So I thank you and the world is watching and the world is watching because we cannot allow Vladimir Putin to succeed here because if he succeeds here, he will succeed in other countries."
WATCH below as these two men, who never met a war they didn't like, actively attempt to drag the U.S. into a full out war with Russia:
THROUGH THE EYES OF RUSSIA
Love or hate him, take a step back and look at this through the eyes of Russia and Putin for a minute.
Obama admits he "brokered a transition of power," when supporting the ouster of a duly elected Ukrainian president, to have one inserted that was friendly to the U.S. and hostile to Russia and ethnic Russians, which is what the majority of Crimea was populated with.
Donald Trump wins the U.S. presidential election, makes it very clear throughout that he would rather find common ground and get along with another nuclear power rather than dragging us further into a cold war, which could lead to a nuclear holocaust, a point he recently highlighted during his press conference.
Yet there is the John McCain and Lindsey Graham deliberately antagonizing and pushing for more war between Ukraine and Russia, which just happened to occur right before those same Ukrainian forces restarted the civil war.
Through the eyes of Russia, as reported by Russian news, which everyone knows is state run, so we know it is exactly how Putin sees these events, here is how they describe it:
Now I am not saying the reason Ukrainians went on an offensive is because two Americans egged them on, but it is indeed clear that the two very high profile American Senators went to a foreign country and encouraged them to restart their frozen civil war. Despicable!
Via Anti-War, we get the kicker here: Graham is also said to be pushing a draft resolution aiming to impose a new round of sanctions against Russia for "trying to interfere with our election."
Russia has been accused of interfering in the U.S. elections with claims that they were behind the email hacks of the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign, where the DNC was exposed as actively working for Clinton against Bernie Sanders in the primary, MSM collusion with the Clinton campaign was exposed, among a number of other interesting leaks.
Compare that to the U.S. actively supporting the ouster of a duly elected President in Ukraine for no other reason than he was pro-Russian, causing countless deaths, bringing about a civil war, while handing over $5 billion dollars to Ukraine.
Lets say for a minute Russia was behind the hacks of the DNC and the Clinton campaign.... how many people died as a result of those hacks? Compare that to how many people died from the U.S. "interference" in Russia's business, and what McCain and Graham just did, and we would have to agree in this instance that their actions are "despicable!"
I submit that the global community would see much more peace if both John McCain and Lindsey Graham tendered their resignations.
Stefan Stanford video below: What do Lindsey Graham, John McCain, Maxine Waters and Elton John all have in common? They've all been 'punked' by Russian phone pranksters Vovan and Lexus. Newly released 'punking' of Senator John McCain within this video. Next time John McCain talks about 'intelligence', ask him about why he'd get punked by two Russians!