Miles Park for NPR:
Sen. James Lankford is worried about election apathy.
Not that people will stop caring about politics, but as the weeks and months pass after the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report on Russian interference, the Oklahoma Republican said he worries there won’t be the same urgency to safeguard American democracy.
The 2018 midterms went by without a major cybersecurity breach, but the issue isn’t solved, Lankford warned.
“If it continues to go well, people become apathetic about it, and they say this is not a problem,” Lankford told NPR. “There will always be a problem. Every single NATO country has had election interference from the Russians. Every single one. If we ignore that, it’s to our peril.”
Mueller’s report, and the fallout from the investigation, has elicited enough fodder to fill years’ worth of cable news panel discussions, but what it hasn’t led to — so far — is legislation aimed at plugging the holes Russia exposed in democracy.