The former Democrat Party standard bearer reiterated her vexation that Putin interfered in the 2016 election, and fretted he’s being underestimated this time around.
“The Russians have proved themselves to be quite adept at interfering and if he has a chance, he’ll do it again,” Clinton surmised on MSNBC’s “Inside with Jen Psaki” on Sunday.
“I don’t think despite all of the deniers, there’s any doubt that he interfered in our election,” she said. “Part of the reason he worked so hard against me is because he didn’t think that he wanted me in the White House.”
In the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, cyber security experts uncovered a breach of Democratic National Committee emails tied to Russian-based actors.
Russia is also believed to have established a troll farm to amplify anger and discord on social media around the 2016 election, among other influence campaigns.
Former President Donald Trump has vehemently denied any assertion that his campaign directly coordinated with Russia before his victory.
Ironically, many Republicans later accused Big Tech companies of interfering in the 2020 election under the pretense of countering Russia.
Multiple social media companies throttled a bombshell October 2020 story from The Post about Hunter Biden’s laptop that raised concerns about then-candidate Joe Biden.
Despite accusations of the laptop material being fraudulent, numerous news outlets have since authenticated large swaths of that hard drive.
In the time since both the 2016 and 2020 elections, Russia has found itself increasingly isolated and battered by crippling Western sanctions over its bloody incursion of neighboring Ukraine.
Putin has an International Criminal Court warrant out for his arrest that has seemingly kept him from attending international confabs like the Group of 20 summit earlier this month, or the BRICS summit last month, when he opted for a remote address instead.
Both Putin and Trump have at times exchanged kind words. The Russian president, who stands accused of brutally murdering a number of his rivals and then playing dumb about it, recently blasted the prosecution of Trump as emblematic “rottenness of the American political system.”
“Putin is this authoritarian dictator who literally kills his opposition, kills journalists, poisons people who disagree with him, invades another country, [and] interferes with our election,” Clinton argued.
She warned there is a “creeping fascism” and “wannabe dictators” looming over the US political horizon. Clinton didn’t provide any names.
Her former nemesis, Trump is staring down the barrel of 91 criminal counts spanning four different indictments. He has roundly denied wrongdoing and also vowed not to pardon himself.
“I don’t believe him on anything,’ Clinton quipped about his vow not to self-pardon.
At one point during the wide-ranging interview, Clinton weighed in on House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) tribulations as he grapples with a rambunctious wafer-thin Republican majority.
She posited that McCarthy’s announced impeachment inquiry of Biden is emblematic of him caving to his hard-right flank.
“Sadly, the Speaker of the House is too weak to stand up against the most rabid block of his members who don’t care what the truth or the facts are,” she said. “They want a political problem that they can try to use for their own benefit.”
McCarthy is trying to rally his caucus to avert a government shutdown, but enough defectors have mustered the votes to torpedo every one of his attempts so far.
Congress has until Sept. 30 at 11:59 p.m. to craft a funding resolution — or else there will be a government shutdown.
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