Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton may have come to a realization: She’s not going to beat Republican nominee Donald J. Trump in November, so she’s come up with a whacky conspiracy to blame it on: Russian President Vladmir Putin.
As reported by Breitbart News, Clinton herself recently claimed that Putin was orchestrating a series of hacks against her campaign and the Democratic National Committee because he is trying to help Trump win.
Asked about various reports that have suggested Russian hackers were attempting to break into voter registration and other related systems in the U.S. during an interview with ABC’s David Muir, Clinton said “there is no doubt in my mind” that “there is something going on” with Putin. She further hinted that the Kremlin was planning to hack the November election.
“Every American should be concerned about Russia doing anything to try to tilt and influence our election,” she continued, claiming to cite U.S. intelligence as proof that Moscow was behind the DNC hack, at least. “Voters should be concerned about this.”
She went on to theorize that Putin has essentially admitted he is trying to influence the outcome of the U.S. election by hacking into our voting systems. She said she found it “troubling” but “revealing” that when Putin was asked about it recently during a press interview he did not actually deny it, saying that it was a good thing the information got out. She added that her past dealings with Putin led her to take that as “an admission.”
But Putin did deny that his government had anything to do with the hacks. In an interview with Bloomberg News, he said specifically he didn’t “know anything about it” and that “on a state level,” his government has never done anything like that.
Clinton then tried to tie Trump to Putin and in a close, personal way, saying the Russian leader prefers her GOP rival. She cited “close relationships” with those in Trump’s inner circle, “all the way up to Putin himself.”
For his part, Trump has said he respects the Russian leader, but his campaign has adamantly denied that the billionaire business mogul has any dealings with the Russian government at the present time. In 2008, though, the Washington Post reported that Trump’s son, Donald Jr., told a real estate conference that Russians “make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets.”
Still, there is no proof that a) Russia is trying to throw the U.S. elections against Clinton; b) that Putin favors Trump over Clinton; or c) that the Democratic candidate’s goofy conspiracy theory is premised in reality.
It is more likely the product of a desperate and compromised presidential candidate who sees herself losing in November.
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