Hillary Clinton believes Russian President Vladimir Putin will be eager to interfere again in the 2024 US presidential elections.
During an appearance Sunday on “Inside with Jen Psaki,” the former secretary of state said she is convinced Putin interfered in past elections and is sure he was ready to sow discord in next year’s election cycle.
Asked if people should be concerned about possible political interference from the Kremlin, Clinton told Psaki: “The Russians have proven that they are very good at interfering and if (Putin) has one chance he will do it again. »
In 2020, a Senate investigation found that Russia led aggressive efforts to elect Donald Trump during his 2016 campaign against Clinton.
The following year, U.S. intelligence officials determined that Putin interfered in the 2020 election by “disparaging President Biden’s candidacy and the Democratic Party, supporting Trump, undermining public confidence in the electoral process, and exacerbating sociopolitical divisions in the United States.”
Clinton said she was confident Moscow would use the same tactics in Trump’s rematch against Biden in 2024.
“His modus operandi (is) that he hates democracy,” she explained. “He particularly hates the West, and he particularly hates us. »
Clinton said she had worried about Putin’s influence for years and accused the Russian leader of a strategy to “damage and divide” the United States from within.
The former New York senator also criticized Putin for his “barbaric invasion of Ukraine” and accused the Russian leader of plotting to “expand his influence” and “restore the Russian empire.”
Calling on Americans to take a stand against the “authoritarian dictator” and his “apologists and enablers,” Clinton told Psaki: “We have to reject a kind of creeping fascism of people who are really willing to abandon their thinking, their votes. budding dictators.
Putin spoke out on U.S. affairs earlier this month at an economic forum in Eastern Europe, where he characterized Trump’s current legal troubles as political persecution. The 2024 Republican presidential candidate currently faces 91 charges in four separate cases.
Accusing the Biden administration of corruption, Putin said investigations into Trump had revealed “the rottenness of the American political system, which cannot claim to teach democracy to others.”