Ever since the CIA released its report saying that Russia did, indeed, interfere with our election to get Trump to win, questions have been swirling (including why Republicans are treating this like partisan politics when they should be screaming for investigations). One major question is, why on EARTH would Putin do this? The obvious answer is that he likes Cheetolini and he likes his policies, and he may think that he can easily make a pawn of him.
However, a former ambassador to Russia has a far more frightening reason. He wholly believes that Putin did this not only because he’s in love with Trump, but because he wanted to get revenge on Hillary Clinton.
That’s right, Putin’s sense of vengeance may have pushed him to work to elevate Trump and destroy Hillary. Michael McFaul, who served as U.S. ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, says:
“Let’s remember that Vladimir Putin thinks [Clinton] interfered in his election — the parliamentary election in December 2011 — and has said as much publicly, and I’ve heard him talk about it privately.”
In 2011, Putin was slammed with the biggest protests Russia had seen since the fall of the Soviet Union after his party won landslide elections all up and down the board. Russians were livid, and began alleging election fraud while taking to the streets to call for fair elections, and an end to the autocracy that Vladimir Putin is running there.
Hillary, who was our Secretary of State at the time, sided with the protesters, saying that Russia “deserved free, fair, transparent elections.” Doing so pissed the hell out of Putin, because why have free, fair and transparent elections when those will ensure he’s kicked out of power? He accused her of sending signals to his opposition.
The idea that a foreign power would interfere in our elections out of revenge is startling, to say the least. McFaul, Democrats, and several Republicans, are calling for an investigation into whether Trump was legitimately elected. It’s an investigation we badly need.
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