A Big 12 football rivalry somehow entered the discussion Monday morning during a high-profile congressional meeting on Capitol Hill.
After FBI director James Comey confirmed that the FBI is indeed investigating alleged collusion between the campaign of president Donald Trump and Russia, Mike Conaway, a Representative from Texas, brought up the Texas-Texas Tech rivalry when talking about Russian president Vladimir Putin and how he may or may not feel about Hillary Clinton compared to Trump.
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Get all that? Me neither. Here’s a transcript via the Dallas Morning News:
Comey: Putin hated Secretary Clinton so much that the flipside of that coin was he had a clear preference for the person running against the person he hated so much.
Conaway: That might work on Saturday afternoon when my wife’s Red Raiders are playing the Texas Longhorns. She really likes the Red Raiders. But all the rest of the time — the logic is that because he really didn’t like candidate Clinton, it automatically [meant he] liked Trump. That assessment is based on what?
Comey: It’s based on more than that. But part of it is — we’re not getting into the details of it here — but part of it is the logic. Whoever the Red Raiders are playing, you want the Red Raiders to win. By definition, you want their opponent to lose.
Conaway: I know, but this says that you wanted both of them — you wanted her to lose, you wanted him to win.
Comey: It’s a two-person event.
Conaway: Right, right. I’ve got you. So I’m just wondering when you decided you wanted him to win.
Comey: Logically when he wanted her to lose, he wanted.
Conaway: No I’m not talking about him — Putin. I got that.
If you support Texas Tech, you’re likely to want one of its rivals — Texas in this case — to lose, right? And you especially want the opponent to lose when the two are going head-to-head like Trump and Clinton did in the election. This is a football blog so we’ll spare you any further political analysis, but I’m not entirely sure Conaway’s analogy makes a whole lot of sense.
Nonetheless, Texas Tech made sure to make its stance known.
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