Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) told CNN on Tuesday that the 2016 Russian interference campaign in the U.S. presidential election was equivalent to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
Discussing the possibility of the House Intelligence Committee issuing two reports on Russian interference (one Democrat and one Republican), the Connecticut representative made the comparison.
“The Russian attack on our election system, on the very core of our democracy, is up there with Pearl Harbor,” he said. “The seriousness of that attack really makes it incumbent upon Congress to figure out a way to speak with one voice about what really happened.”
Himes takes the attack so seriously, in fact, that he toyed with the idea of an Oprah presidency to deal with such issues, directly after comparing it to Pearl Harbor.