In a recent interview with MSNBC’s Jen Psaki, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shared her concerns about potential election interference in the lead-up to the 2024 elections, specifically from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Here’s what she said.
The discussion began with Psaki pointing out Putin’s history of interfering in elections in the United States and other countries.
Will It Happen Again?
She asked Clinton, “It’s not something, as you experienced firsthand, is not something we talk about a lot. Do you fear that that is something that could be happening in 2024? Do you think we should be talking about it more?”
Putin Has Interfered
Clinton replied, “I don’t think, despite all of the deniers, there is any doubt that 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.”
Putin Hates Democracy
She characterized Putin as someone who hates democracy, particularly in Western countries like the United States.
“He hates democracy. He particularly hates the West, and he especially hates us. And he has determined that he can do two things simultaneously. He can try to continue to damage and divide us internally, and he’s quite good at it,” she said.
Divide Western Democracies
She stressed that Putin’s tactics aim to damage and divide Western democracies while simultaneously expanding his own reach.
Putin Viewed Clinton as a Threat
According to Clinton, one key aspect of Putin’s interference is his attempt to undermine faith in democratic institutions.
Clinton highlighted that Putin viewed her as a threat during the 2016 election because he did not want her in the White House.
Putin’s Authoritarian Nature
Consequently, she underscored the need to educate the American public about Putin’s authoritarian nature, disregard for human rights, and willingness to use violence against opponents.
Americans Should Reject Authoritarian Leaders
She argued that Americans should reject leaders who exhibit authoritarian tendencies and who seek to undermine democratic values.
Putin Will Interfere in 2024 Elections
Furthermore, Clinton expressed her concerns about Putin’s adaptability regarding election interference. She believes that if given the opportunity, he will attempt to interfere in 2024 future elections.
He’ll Do It Again
“I think that it’s fair to say that you have a tough job. Because you have to talk about what’s happening in the news, but you also have to keep people’s eyes on what’s right behind the horizon. I fear that the Russians will improve themselves to be quite adept at interfering, and if he has a chance, he’ll do it again,” she said.
In addition to discussing election interference, Clinton delved into the psychological aspects of former President Donald Trump’s behavior.
She pointed out that Trump often engages in what psychologists call “projection.”
He’s Already Done It
She added, “So whenever he accuses somebody of doing something, it’s almost guaranteed he’s doing it himself or he’s already done it. Or whenever he denies thinking about doing something – or doing it – it’s almost guaranteed he is thinking about it or has already done it.”
Twitter Users Expressed Their Views
Several social media users shared their thoughts on the incident.
One Twitter user wrote, “She was right before, she is right again.”
The Blame Game
Another user added, “In other words — HILLARY IS GOING TO GREEN-LIGHT MORE CIA INTERFERENCE WITH THE ELECTION AND THEN BLAME PUTIN.”
A third user commented, “This lying lady will say anything to stop the American people from seeing their democracy grow. Time to remove Biden from the office.”
There Is No Russian Interference
A fourth user wrote, “There is no Russian interference in our elections. You’re just trying to convince people if you say it enough times, you hope they will believe it. There wasn’t any when you tried to become president and there wasn’t any in 2020… that was the Democrats interfering in the 2020 election.”
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