The Democratic Party have once again proven themselves masters of projection: after spending months trying to spin a narrative of a connection between the Trump administration and Russia, the Dems are now in damage control mode thanks to a Kremlin spokesman who revealed Russia’s actual ties to the Hillary Clinton campaign.
The claims center around Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, a diplomat whose name has suddenly become kryptonite for politicians in both parties who are hoping to avoid getting slapped with the “Russian sympathizer” label.
“Well, if you look at some people connected with Hillary Clinton during her campaign, you would probably see that he had lots of meetings of that kind,” Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said in an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. “There are lots of specialists in politology, people working in think tanks advising Hillary or advising people working for Hillary.”
Peskov went on to note that Kislyak’s role was always to foster “bilateral relations” between the U.S. and Russia, regardless of which American political party he was conferring with. As for whether those meetings were intended to influence the 2016 election, Peskov was unequivocal.
“[T]here were no meetings about elections – electoral process,” he said. “So if you look at it with intention to demonize Russia, you would probably say that, yes, he was trying to interfere in Hillary’s activities. But it would be nonsense, because this is not true.”
Putin never publicly declared support for either candidate during the 2016 general election, but Peskov did admit that the Russian president preferred a Trump victory since he was more open to a thawing of U.S.-Russian relations, while Clinton effectively declared Russia a primary threat to U.S. interests.
“Whom would you like better? The one who says that Russia is evil or the one who says that, ‘Yes, we disagree, but let’s talk to understand and to try to find some points of agreement?’” Peskov asked.