Daily Beast’s Woodruff: Obama Will Get Criticized by GOP for Politicizing Everything No Matter What
WOODRUFF: "I don't think so. I think the defense that Obama and the White House make is that if the president had stepped in and gone after Russian hackers before Election Day, it would have been viewed and perhaps fairly as the president trying to interfere with the election results, as him using his perch at the White House for explicitly political ends. Remember, Obama will get criticized by Republicans for politicizing everything no matter what. For instance, the fact that he's put sanctions on Russia is already being argued by folks like Kellyanne that that's poor politics. Those criticisms would have been ten times louder and more pointed if Obama had stepped in before Election Day and suggested that Russian hackers were trying to tip the scales in Donald Trump's favor. I think that's almost certainly the reason the president has waited until this point to move forward with these sanctions and really push this hacking issue. That's a large part of it."