Clinton Says 2020 Election Doubters Are Doing Putin’s Work & Vows ‘Consequences’ For Russia

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Hillary Clinton says that Americans who have suggested that the 2020 presidential election was not conducted fairly are aiding Russian President Vladimir Putin in his efforts to undermine the US.

The failed presidential candidate seems intent to ensure relations between the US and Russia remains poor, made her comments on Wednesday just as President Biden met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Geneva.

“What we’ve seen over the last four years and particularly since the election is that we have people in our own country who are doing Putin’s work” Clinton claimed.

RT reports: Biden and Putin met in Switzerland on Wednesday to discuss matters including foreign policy, climate change, the Covid-19 pandemic, and cyber security, during a summit both men hope will thaw the chilly relationship between the two countries.

Not everyone wants that relationship thawed, however. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, one of the loudest voices behind the disproven conspiracy theories about Trump-Russia “collusion” and allegations of “hacking” that plagued the aftermath of the 2016 US election, emerged that same day on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to declare anyone who dared to question the results of the 2020 vote to be “doing Putin’s work.”

Calling the Russian leader “the great disruptor,” Clinton – who now holds no political position, whether appointed or elected – began making demands of Moscow, blaming “Vladimir” for “letting cybercriminals attack our infrastructure” and threatening “even more serious consequences” should Russia fail to bend the knee to Biden.

Let us tell you what we are no longer going to abide, and there will be consequences, and don’t test us,” she said Biden would warn Putin, continuing: “Let’s make sure you understand the United States is back, we are not going to be endangered and undermined by people who for whatever combination of reasons look to you because you’re an authoritarian and they in some way like that, or wish they were.”

While she didn’t elaborate on what sort of “consequences” would befall Putin if he didn’t do as he was told, she suggested “lay[ing] down some markers with Putin and then follow[ing] up with them.”

Apparently seeing no irony in one of the highest-profile Russiagate true believers accusing anyone who dares to replicate her behavior four years later of sowing discord, Clinton insisted those who would question the 2020 results were doing so “to sow distrust, to sow divisiveness, to give aid and comfort to those in our country who, for whatever reason, are being not only disruptive but very dangerous.

With Putin expressly hoping that the Geneva summit might put an end to the knee-jerk, blame-placing reactions that emerge from the US whenever someone needs to be blamed for “election interference” or “cyber attacks“, Clinton is picking the most inconvenient time to come rushing to the rescue of American democracy.

Clinton in particular might not be the best person to dictate terms on cyber security, having made use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state under former President Barack Obama and allegedly helping to plan the Russiagate caper from the start. 

A Russian intelligence assessment, declassified by US Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe last year, appeared to show Clinton had approved an adviser’s proposal to “vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by Russian security services” – though Ratcliffe stressed he didn’t know if there was any “exaggeration or fabrication” in the assessment.

Clinton also made a point of blaming Trump for “elevating” a supposedly attention-seeking Putin, perhaps forgetting that it was her own campaign that reportedly made an effort to ensure Trump would be ‘elevated’ during the 2016 primaries, believing he would be easy to beat.