Former Clinton campaign aid Adam Parkhomenko launched a Twitter tirade Friday in which he bragged about the 2016 Clinton campaign and alleged Russian collusion with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Not collusion with Donald Trump, but rather with her Democrat (Socialist) rival, Mr. Sanders.
Mr. Parkhomenko was one of Hillary Clinton’s campaign assistants recruited for her “Resistance” super PAC. He initially worked as her State Political Director in 2008, then as Director of Grassroots Engagement before relocating to the Democratic National Committee.
Twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reportedly takes aim at Senator Sanders in her book “What happened”, which reportedly explores the many reasons why she lost the election in November.
Senator Sanders angered many of his supporters last summer when he chose to endorse Mrs. Clinton. Even after he was arguably robbed of a bid for the presidency by surreptitious DNC activity involving her and then DNC chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
In her book, Mrs. Clinton argues:
“He [Bernie Sanders] isn’t a democrat – that’s not a smear, that’s what he says. He didn’t get into the race to make sure a Democrat got into the White House, he got in to disrupt the Democratic Party. I am proud to be a Democrat and I wish Bernie was too.”
Mr. Sanders, in fairness did describe himself as a “Democratic Socialist,” but responded to her insults by asking if anyone really believed any of her “ridiculous stories”.
Even CNN withheld support for Mrs. Clinton’s comments about the Vermont Senator. Political contributor Brianna Keilar accused the former First Lady of struggling to take responsibility, claiming that she entered the presidential bid with self-created weaknesses. She also suggested that Mr. Sanders had no choice but to criticize the former Secretary of State over the leaked emails and private server scandal.
Her campaign aide Mr. Parkhomenko was ridiculed for tweeting: “You seem to ignore the Russia support online for Bernie during the primaries. The guy is hiding something. Not sure I want to know what”, implying that Russian agents had deliberately run an online smear campaign against Hillary Clinton and actively backed Bernie Sanders.
Democrats and the Clinton camp have continued to push the Russian collusion and interference allegation for almost a year since the 2016 election. In December, Mrs. Clinton gave a gratitude speech to her campaign donors criticizing “Russian meddling” and blaming Vladimir Putin for her defeat.
She believed that President Putin personally disliked her because of comments she made about the 2011 Russian legislative election, which ended in mass protests. Mrs. Clinton, then Secretary of State, suggested Mr. Putin had rigged the elections in both Russia and the United States. She also claimed that Mr. Putin launched cyber attacks on the American democratic system, which damaged her candidacy and threatened U.S. national security.
Last July, online whistleblower WikiLeaks began publishing leaked emails that appeared to show corrupt activity within the Democratic National Committee and among segments of the mainstream media. The messages suggested the party’s leadership had conspired to sabotage Senator Sanders’ presidential campaign. Former DNC Chair Debbie Wassermann Schulz was subsequently forced to resign.
Following the initial releases, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said he had seen no evidence to connect Russia to the hacked email server. He also stated that the leaked John Podesta emails did not come from Russian sources.
After almost a year of investigations and accusations, there has been no evidence of Russian interference with U.S. voting booths, voting machines or the minds of American voters.