Hillary Clinton, a two-time unsuccessful Democratic presidential candidate, has once again resorted to spreading false accusations against President Donald Trump. Since her defeat in the 2016 election, Clinton has consistently engaged in baseless claims of illicit connections and collusion between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
This time, she has revived her unproven smear that Trump is a “puppet” of Putin, after he quoted a statement from the Russian president during a recent campaign rally. However, Clinton’s actions have only highlighted her hypocrisy, as she has limited the ability of social media users to respond to her derogatory attack against her former political opponent.
Biased coverage by The Washington Post of a Trump campaign rally in New Hampshire further emphasized this incident, reporting that the 45th President of the United States “approvingly quoted” Putin’s critical remarks about the numerous criminal indictments brought against Trump by Democrat-aligned prosecutors at both the federal and state levels.
“It shows the rottenness of the American political system, which cannot pretend to teach others about democracy,” Trump quoted Putin as saying.
He then added, more broadly of the world, “They’re all laughing at us.”
The article published by the Post, which criticized President Trump for his positive remarks about Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his alleged use of Hitler-like rhetoric against illegal immigrants, was subsequently shared on the X platform by Clinton.
However, the reply feature of the post was disabled to prevent users from expressing any dissenting opinions.
The X post merely contained a link to the article and a one-word insult directed at Trump – “Puppet.”
According to The Independent, this “puppet” insult was previously used by Clinton against her rival during the final presidential debate leading up to the 2016 election.
It was during that debate, while discussing the perceived threat to America posed by the Russian president, that then-candidate Trump made the following statement about his Democratic opponent:
“Putin, from everything I see, has no respect for this person.”
Clinton swiftly fired back, “Well, that’s because he’d rather have a puppet as president of the United States.”
Trump interrupted to refute the allegation and redirect it towards his opponent.
Nevertheless, Hillary proceeded to struggle with a clear set of prearranged talking points that associated Trump with Putin.
A few of her assertions were partially accurate but exaggerated, whereas the remainder were outright falsehoods.
“It’s pretty clear you won’t admit the Russians have engaged in cyberattacks against the United States of America, that you encouraged espionage against our people, that you are willing to spout the Putin line, sign up for his wish list, break up NATO, do whatever he wants to do, and that you continue to get help from him because he has a very clear favorite in this race,” Clinton said.
“So I think that this is such an unprecedented situation,” she added.
“We’ve never had a foreign government trying to interfere in our election.
“We have 17 intelligence agencies, civilian and military, who have all concluded that these espionage attacks, these cyber attacks come from the highest levels of the Kremlin, and they are designed to influence our election.
“I find that deeply disturbing.”