One of the many negative consequences of the Russiagate craze was the rehabilitation of U.S. intelligence agencies in the eyes of Liberals and Democrats. A new poll from Fox News shows that they are the group that trusts the CIA and FBI the most, compared to Republicans and Independents.
According to the poll 73 percent of Democrats, 74 percent of Hillary Clinton voters and 74 percent of liberals have confidence in the CIA. When it comes to the FBI, the agency of their patron saint Robert Mueller, its 77 percent across the board.
NBC News did a poll in December 2016 that showed Democrats favored the CIA more than Republicans since they started asking that question in 2002. That was around the time the CIA decided the Russian government interfered in the 2016 election.
During the George W. Bush presidency, the CIA came under scrutiny from Democrats for their black sites and torture programs. Under Obama, the CIA’s extrajudicial drone assassinations and covert operations in Syria and Libya were largely ignored by the same people. After the shocking loss of Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump, the Democrats quickly accepted these intelligence agencies as their ally in the fight against the orange man.
The newest hero for the Democrats to put their hopes in is the CIA "whistleblower" that came out about Trump’s Ukraine phone call. Another intelligence hero for the "resistance" to glom onto while a real whistleblower like Chelsea Manning sits in jail for exposing some of the worst war crimes the US government has committed.
Dave DeCamp is assistant editor at Antiwar.com and a freelance journalist based in Brooklyn NY, focusing on US foreign policy and wars. He is on Twitter at @decampdave.
15 thoughts on “Democrats and Liberals Trust the CIA More Than Republicans”
Well, if Watergate happened today the Republicans would not give a damn, they’d simply call it fake news.
Thanks to Trump now we know it is fake news . To bad Nixon didn’t know that .
It’s not fake news, it was just not taken all the way.
Just like Obama allowed Bush to get away with his crimes of illegal wiretapping, torture and there was no international hunt after Bush for the illegal Iraq war.
And I trust Putin more than he !6 U.S. intelligence agencies
“A new poll from Fox News”
That right there could be a CIA headline. They would not abandon divide and conquer. The last thing they want is unity in the US….
It’s pretty obvious we’ve been under the influence of a covert agency coup for decades now and it’s finally coming to a conclusion.
If they succeed in booting Trump out of office it means the covert agencies can cancel any and all who disagree with their insane world view and barbaric tactics.
Welcome to the world of not knowing who your leaders are from day to day and not being able to criticize the ruling class even to your buddies at work or your neighbor…..
My bet is the drone attacks on US citizens on US soil will begin very soon.
After all, we’re all just one accusation away from being terrorists.
So now progressives trust the CIA and they approve of wars under the banner of humanitarian interventionism. I thought it used to be the opposite .
It may have been briefly so, but historically the opposite has been true.
Historically meaning before 2000 or older. This book dates from 2006, right after when R2P was approved.
and it describes well how many progressives have bought into humanitarian interventionism. It’s like there’s a class of establishment progressives now :)
Do the names Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry Truman, or Lyndon Baines Johnson ring any bells? All their interventions were advertised as “humanitarian” too.
Yes, but I was not thinking about who is selling but who is buying.
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