Fox Host Calls For Retaliatory Cyber Attack On Russian Elections: They Don’t Fear Us And That Has To Change

“They’ve already proven — last week in testimony with all our intelligence chiefs out there, they said there’s already indications they’re messing with 2018 midterm elections. Whether it’s fake news through social media, through using these bots, whatever it is. Nobody knows more than about cyber technology than us. They have an election coming up. Why don’t we get involved in their election? Why don’t we flick the lights? The only thing they understand is direct confrontation. They don’t fear us and they don’t respect us. That has to change.” – Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade, speaking on this morning’s show.

  • Jefe5084

    brian, you never can find your big boy pants, can you?

  • Gerry Fisher

    Soooo…leave our defenses down and just attack back? Really? You didn’t do very well in school, did you?

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      Why do you think he’s on FAUXSnooze?

  • SkokieGuy / May attempt snark

    You mean like maybe using the cyber bombs that Obama had placed in Russia’s technological infrastructure in response to Russian attempts to influence the U.S. election that he left behind for the Trump administration to decide if they wished to implement? Those bombs?

    But that would undermine Trump’s childish narrative that Obama did nothing in response to the Russian hacking (that doesn’t exist, but still his fault for not doing anything even though it does and he did).

    Or maybe the low-hanging fruit of implementing the FUCKING LAW passed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority implementing further sanctions?

    • Uncle Mark

      I thought some of those bombs were also set up to delete links to Putin’s and certain oligarchs’ bank accounts

      • SkokieGuy / May attempt snark

        Snark or real? If so, you’ve heard more than I have.

        • Uncle Mark

          Real. I read back in 2016 that Obama was working intelligence orgs to hit Putin & Friends right in their bank accounts, where it will really hurt them…or at least hold the threat of this over their heads. I read something about this software being put in place to be activated, when necessary.

          • SkokieGuy / May attempt snark

            I’m surprised a rogue (and pissed off after being denigrated by Trump) intelligence agency employee doesn’t implement it. Ooopsies!

  • Stephen Elliot Phillips

    How about we spend our time and $ securing our hackable voting machines and back them up with printable receipts, or paper ballots??

    • Gustav2

      The only way to stop a bad guy with a cyber gun is a good guy with a cyber gun.

    • CanuckDon

      We still fill out paper ballots here in Canada. Now I’m very glad we’re still old school.

    • Nic Peterson

      While we are at it, why not impose the sanctions. With gusto. That should make the lights flicker a bit. If Uncle Vladi can’t keep the lights lit, who knows what could happen.

  • Tulle Christensen

    20th century — Cold War
    21st century — Cyber War

    • BobSF_94117

      22nd century — Vigorous Rock Throwing

      • Bad Tom

        Might be 222nd Century. We’ll have to evolve thumbs again.

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  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    Shorter Brian…hey Donnie.. I’m talking to you.

  • #DJTK5F

    So? Privatize! Private enterprise. Let the market decide. Caveat emptor! Man and woman the cyber-barricades. Have a cyber-draft. Recruit the best people. Pardon Edward Snowden so he can tell the U.S. what he told Russia.

    Is Snowden still alive even?

  • FlKeysKevin

    It’s as if he’s blissfully unaware that Russia does not have meaningful elections or that cyber warfare takes time to set up. It’s a bit more than mean girl bullying on Facebook.

  • hdtex
    • Mark Née Fuzz

      Why thank you. Oh, you meant…. never mind.

  • Kevin Andrews

    Does anyone care what these Rupert Murdoch owned and operated professional liars and propagandist have to say on any topic?
    Long past time to remove these lying bastards from the AmeriKKKan experience.

  • Galvestonian

    Well, for once, I agree with Faux News but how do we know that they’re not already doing something ?

  • Jerry Kott

    These dicks are all reminding me of the ass who beats his wife and when arrested with documentation he claims “she made me do it “

  • Cackalaquiano

    Sure, maybe we can knock Putin down to getting only 87% of the vote.

  • Mark Née Fuzz

    Kind of pointless when directed at a system where the opposition has been thrown in jail and oft time ends up dead.

    • Chris Baker

      I think the Russian election has already been decided. They hack their own elections.

  • Silver Badger

    “They don’t fear us and they don’t respect us.” Gosh, I don’t remember President Obama having that problem. Perhaps if we acted respectfully, we would receive more respect. Rule by fear is usually pretty violent. We really don’t want that on the world stage.

    • Uncle Mark

      Actually, FAUX spent 8 years fawning over Putin’s “commanding” leadership, while referring to Obama as being the “mom-jeans wearing, feckless” leader. (Of course, that’s when they weren’t contradicting themselves by also calling Obama a “tyrant.”)

  • CanuckDon

    Tables are turning here with Fox now giving its viewers the thumbs down on Russia and also not making the FBI the bad guys. Those same viewers were thinking it was okay if Russia interfered to help Trump.

    • JCF

      Yeah, Broken Clock Moment? Not sure. It’s too unexpected!

  • Bambino

    I think he is trying too hard to skip over the Russiagate coverage his network works very hard to avoid.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    The Giggling Couch Tumors always have such intelligent and poignant things to say.

    • Judas Peckerwood

      I’m totally stealing “Giggling Couch Tumors”.

  • Jerry Kott

    What this nation should do is send T45 and his kids to spend the rest of their lives living in Russia. It would be torture for him because ,with them living in Russia, Putin would have NO use of T45 and his uselessness and irrelevance would eat him alive.

  • BeaverTales

    It would have sounded so much better if Obama had said it 2 years ago.

  • pj

    he wont even impose the sanctions.

  • killreligion

    Ha ha ha. He thinks they have real elections. He should ask Navalney. (Sp?)

  • Hank

    Ask ANY Dictator, if they care about what the REAL Election results are. The outcome, will be what those in charge want it to be!!! Russia, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Botswana, Venezuela…..

  • j.martindale

    I hate agreeing with Faux, but I think that this isn’t a terrible idea, if done in conjunction with things meant to protect our own elections.

    • JCF

      Yes, IF extended the “flick the lights” past Russia’s essentially meaningless elections. As SoCalGal said, hack their BANK ACCOUNTS. That will get their attention!

  • Bj Lincoln

    Is anyone looking for a way to stop the Russians? Fighting a cyber-war will not stop them but a large team of awesome nerds could figure out how to stop them. At this point we are already limited to what we can access. Making it difficult for others to attack/access our part doesn’t seem like to far a stretch.

  • Karl Dubhe

    How cute, they think the Russian elections are going to be ‘honest’. Ha! Putin will win, by a believable margin. If the opposition protests too loudly, they’ll be shot.

  • Bad Tom

    Why don’t we stop letting Fox News set the national agenda?

    I’m all for DOING SOMETHING about the Russian interference in our elections. But, Fox News should just BUTT OUT. They could well be compromised by Russia themselves!

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    So they’re admitting Russians have been fucking with elections. Notice they don’t take the next step in saying that the Russian interference disqualifies Dump

  • olandp

    Why would Russia fear us? They own us.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Allow a rejoinder or two…

    “They have an election coming up. Why don’t we get involved in their election?” — Uh, what makes you think you’re not already doing that? Also, Pot, Kettle, Black.

    “Why don’t we flick the lights?” — Ooooh, flickering lights, what are you? 12? The was rhetorical.

    “The only thing they understand is direct confrontation.” — True, but you have a president who wets his pants over a tweet so direct confrontation? not likely.

    “They don’t fear us and they don’t respect us.” — Fear and Respect should never go hand in hand. Respect is commanded by deeds/words built on integrity, principles, etc., none of which you or the current administration have. Gaining respect through creating fear is not respect at all, it’s cowardice.

    “That has to change.” — It will, once you, the GOP and the current administration are gone.

  • Frostbite

    Lol. Putin fear Trump? Hahahahaahah.

  • Mike

    Brilliant idea, injecting a bit of criminality into Russia’s otherwise scrupulously honest elections. Ha!

    Another home run for the Fox and Friends guy who’s not Steve Doocy. What’s next, maybe a suggestion that we order about a dozen pineapple and anchovy pizzas to be delivered to the Kremlin. That’ll show ’em who’s boss.

  • JWC

    dear Faux news the US(not Faux) knows a lot about cyber technology but so do the Russian, Chinese,and Koreans In that league the US is just a player

  • Ben in Oakland

    What an idiot. We can’t interfere in their elections, because no one will ever think that putincan lose an election which he has already fixed.

  • Halou

    Don’t play a tit-for-tat game of “retaliation” designed merely to reflect what they did to us and not going a step beyond that. Russia has already prepared itself for such a reaction, most likely doing so before even going ahead with their 2016 antics.

    What is needed is an asymmetrical response, real shock and awe stuff to let them know that they cannot act with impunity when it comes to undermining core western values and institutions.

  • The_Wretched

    It’s quaint that he thinks Russia has elections.

    • Gianni

      What’s in a name? Every vote tallied is a vote for Putin, until he hits the 99% mark. Then the few remaining are just divvied up among the other contenders.

  • SoCalGal20

    If you’re going to do cyberattack hack their banking system.

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  • andrew

    Sounds like something we may be doing or should be doing.

  • GreatLakeSailor

    Been there, done that. Long term, didn’t work out so well.

  • Lindoro Almaviva

    Oh, Brian, if only anyone could have seen that and been able to sound the alarm, right?

  • William

    Russia isn’t nearly was wired into the web as the US. Switch off air traffic control in Moscow and next the floodgates on our dams open and a few nuclear reactors go haywire.

  • Barry William Teske

    Oh and look!
    Spoken like someone who is afraid the dots will connect to Fox.

    Anybody else smell a setup?

  • Gianni

    Is this a crumb of conscience on display at FUX News? Righteous outrage, perhaps? Too hard to believe. It doesn’t compute.

  • How biblical.

  • Davester

    Eehhh, kind of pointless when their elections are even more of a farce than ours are. There’s only a handful of seats in the “duma” or whatever it’s called…that oppose Putin. Russia is a de facto totalitarian state.

  • Friday

    Yeah, just don’t go after the troll houses and botnets, says Fox. That’s where they get half their propaganda to spread.

  • witch

    Honestly, he doesn’t think we don’t already spy on them too

  • EdA

    Dear Mr. Kilmeade,

    The votes for the next Russian election have already been counted. The only questions are exactly what margin BFF Putin will win by and which opposition leader will be left around to have his name put on the ballot.

    For descendants of the John Birch Society, you guys sure are flexible about what and whom you’ll support, even if you remain steadfast in what you oppose.

  • e jerry powell

    Seriously? SERIOUSLY?

  • wds

    “Nobody knows more than about cyber technology than us.” OK then, why are they able to run rings around our cyber technology? H**l, we can’t even protect our own voting machines …SMH