2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton lashed out at Donald Trump Friday characterizing her former rival as “Putin’s Puppet” following new reports that Russia is attempting to interfere in the upcoming presidential election.
“Putin’s Puppet is at it again, taking Russian help for himself. He knows he can’t win without it. And we can’t let it happen,” Clinton wrote on Twitter in response to an NBC report that the acting Department of National Intelligence chief was replaced over an intelligence briefing delivered to lawmakers regarding Russia’s efforts.
Putin’s Puppet is at it again, taking Russian help for himself.
He knows he can’t win without it. And we can’t let it happen. https://t.co/10Z2YIipOI
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 21, 2020
Despite no evidence to support the idea that Russia was the cause for Clinton’s embarrassing defeat, the former secretary of state has placed blame on the U.S. adversary anyway, because she believes the country couldn’t have chosen Trump over her on their own volition.
The New York Times reported Thursday that intelligence officials briefed Capitol Hill on Russia’s revamped efforts to interfere in U.S. elections this year to support Trump, reigniting the grand Russian collusion conspiracy theory that has since been discredited following a two-year special counsel investigation with unlimited resources.
While the briefing’s focus was reportedly on the Russian government attempting to prop up Trump, officials also revealed to lawmakers that the Kremlin has been doing the same for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-identifying socialist with powerful momentum as the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination and a polarizing figure within the party.
Friday’s tweet from Clinton is by no means the first time the former Secretary of State has fanned the flames on conspiracy this election cycle. Last fall, Clinton accused Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard who is still in the Democratic nomination contest of being a Russian asset.
In January, Gabbard’s campaign filed a defamation lawsuit against Clinton over the charges.