My, how the tables have turned.
For years on end, the American people have been inundated with allegations and insinuation about Donald Trump’s supposed connections to the Kremlin. One particularly pervasive idea was that Trump was colluding with Vladimir Putin and the Russia government in order to get elected in 2016 – a conspiracy theory that spawned the RussiaGate investigation led by Robert Mueller.
At the end of said probe, Special Counsel Mueller recommended no charges for Trump, which was a real disappointment for a number of Democrats.
Now, just four years later, Russia is seemingly back at it, but their 2020 efforts aren’t aimed solely at a republican contender.
U.S. officials have told Sen. Bernie Sanders that Russia is attempting to help his presidential campaign as part of an effort to interfere with the Democratic contest, according to people familiar with the matter.
Sanders was quick to respond:
“I don’t care, frankly, who [Russian President Vladimir] Putin wants to be president,” Sanders said in a statement. “My message to Putin is clear: Stay out of American elections, and as president I will make sure that you do.
“In 2016, Russia used Internet propaganda to sow division in our country, and my understanding is that they are doing it again in 2020. Some of the ugly stuff on the Internet attributed to our campaign may well not be coming from real supporters.”
President Trump’s campaign is also on the apparent end of a Russian propaganda effort, which provides evidence that the Kremlin isn’t looking to elect a specific candidate but, rather, that Putin and his cronies simply want chaos.
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