Democrats and the White House are now saying Vladimir Putin’s Russia “interfered” with the 2016 election to help President-elect Donald Trump, insisting Russia represents a major threat to the United States. But in 2012, this year’s losing political party mocked then GOP nominee Mitt Romney for saying Russia presented the “greatest geopolitical threat” to the country.
When Romney made his statement in 2012, Democrats pounced, including President Barack Obama. During a debate, Obama said, “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.”
The Democratic Party tweeted from their official account, “Romney, who calls Russia our ‘No. 1 geopolitical foe,’ doesn’t seem to realize it’s the 21st century. #RomneyNotReady.”
— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) October 22, 2012
The video embedded in the tweet featured former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright saying, “The statements that Governor Romney makes show little understanding of what is actually going on in the 21st century.”
“He is not up to date,” Albright continued, “and that is a very dangerous aspect. That’s just an example of his 20th century approach to 21st century issues.”
President Obama went so far as to say Romney and Republicans “want to take us back to an era of blustering and blundering that cost America so dearly. After all, you don’t call Russia our number one enemy – not Al-Qaida, Russia, unless you’re still stuck in a Cold War mind warp.”