Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton appears eager to pre-emptively frame a Republican victory in the 2024 election as the result of Russian meddling.
The 75-year-old Democrat appeared in a Sunday episode of Jen Psaki's MSNBC show, where she once again intimated that the 2016 election was decided by Slavic specters contra the American people, claiming that "the Russians have proved themselves to be quite adept at interfering, and if [Russian President Vladimir Putin] has a chance, he'll do it again."
Clinton suggested months ahead of her landslide 2016 loss that the Democratic National Committee leak, which revealed an organizational effort to ice out her then-rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), had been the work Russian intelligence services. The ostensible success of the contested claim that Russians had a hand in her post-leak embarrassment eventually gave way to a broader Russian interference narrative that ultimately hamstrung former President Donald Trump throughout his four years in office.
Contrary to Clinton's claims and those gleefully advanced by the liberal media, the reports painstakingly produced by special counsels Robert Mueller and John Durham revealed there was no substantive evidence of Russian collusion.
Subsequent analysis revealed that to the extent there was foreign interference, it was likely inconsequential — not including the foreign-sourced Steele dossier collected for the Clinton campaign, which Democrats used to great effect. For instance, the Washington Post, whose journalists were awarded for peddling the discredited "Russia hoax" narrative, admitted that so-called Russian trolls "had no measurable impact in changing minds or influencing voter behavior" ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
The facts have not, however, chastened Clinton or her allies in the liberal media.
In the wake of an ABC News/Washington Post poll indicating that Trump leads President Joe Biden by 10 points in a possible head-to-head race, Psaki told Clinton on the Sunday episode of her show that Putin "has intervened in our election in the past. It's not something, as you experienced firsthand, it's not something that we talk about a lot. Do you fear that that is something that could be happening for 2024, and do you think we should be talking about it more?"
Clinton responded, "I think we should be talking about it more because I don't think that despite all the, you know, deniers there's any doubt he interfered in our election or that he has interfered in many ways in the internal affairs of other countries, funding political parties, funding political candidates, buying off government officials in different places."
"That is his opus [sic], you know his opus [sic] operandi in the sense that he hates democracy. He particularly hates the West and he especially hates us," continued Clinton. "Part of the challenge is to continue to explain to the American public that, you know, the kind of leader Putin is — this authoritarian dictator who literally kills his opposition, kills journalists, poisons people who disagree with him, invades other country, interferes with our election. That is part of the alternative we have to reject in this election."
Beyond rehashing debunked Russiagate themes, Clinton suggested that the choice in the 2024 election is not between Democrats and Republicans but rather between Democrats and "a kind of creeping fascism."
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