During a four hour press conference, Vladimir Putin inadvertently confirms election collusion, sort of. However, that collusion was NOT with President Trump or the 2016 Trump campaign. Though he “technically” denied any such collusion, his statement alludes to collusion in a very different manner than has been covered thus far.
Speaking at his annual marathon news conference, Putin reaffirmed his denial of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
“All of it was invented by people who oppose President Trump to undermine his legitimacy,” he said. “I’m puzzled by that. People who do it are inflicting damage to the domestic political situation, incapacitating the president and showing a lack of respect to voters who cast their ballots for him.” [emphasis added tot point out key statements]
Back in Dec. 2016, I came across an Op-Ed piece that literally laid out the scenario that Vladimir Putin just expressed. In Putin Is Laughing At American Dump Trumpers author Matt Howe wrote:
“The story of Russian election mischief is not new. The story originally broke back in October. Back then, the worry was that Putin’s agents would directly hack voting machines. The goal, as the intelligence experts explained, wasn’t necessarily to change the outcome of the election, but rather to change enough votes to “undermine confidence in the electoral process”. Remember that, it’ll be on the final exam.”
The original accusations were that Russia, namely Vladimir Putin, was trying to hack voting machines. Then it was determined that even the Russians couldn’t hack voting machines which were not connect to the internet. Enter WikiLeaks, the DNC/Podesta email “hacks” and revelations that Hillary Clinton and the DNC stole the Primary from Bernie Sanders. “The Russians” were already accused of attempting to “hack” the election, so they must have hacked the emails and fed them to WikiLeaks. An accusation that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange vehemently denies. Of course, the validity and the contents of the emails were never called into question.
US Intelligence agencies have said that Russia did in fact try to hack voting machines. There have since been revelations of Russian-affiliated Facebook election ads, so the denials of Vladimir Putin do ring hollow. In his statement, Putin alludes to “people who oppose President Trump” having “invented” the collusion narrative. Who picked up the “undermine the election” baton and ran with it?
Who opposes President Trump? Hillary Clinton? Democrats in general? The majority of the News media? Having planted the seed with failed attempts election meddling, Russia and Putin gave Trump opponents a narrative.
Enter the Fusion GPS “Trump Dossier” with Democrat fingerprints all over it. A “Dirty Dossier” largely debunked as Russian Propaganda that was used to “influence the election” in Hillary Clinton’s favor. Including the fingerprints of some closely related to the Mueller collusion investigation. Consider Hillary Clinton’s history with Russia; Uranium One, the “Russian Reset,” Bill Clinton’s exorbitant speaking fees and Clinton Foundation “donations” to name a few.
Who better to pick up the Russian narrative and run with it, but the person who “should have won” by all normal political calculations? One of those “people who oppose President Trump” that Putin claim “invented” the story. After all, Mrs. Clinton had a long standing working relationship with Russia. The political novice, Donald Trump, was the wild card who was rocking the proverbial boat with his unconventional candidacy. Undermining the legitimacy of the election was a win-win for Russia regardless of who actually won.
In a sense, though he denied any collusion with the Trump campaign, Vladimir Putin essentially acknowledged that those who continue the Trump-Russia Collusion narrative are succeeding where his attempted direct intervention failed. Damaging US domestic politics and incapacitating the newly elected President.
After nearly a year of investigation, no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion has yet been revealed. Despite having many Pro-Clinton investigators looking into it, some of whom were also involved in Hillary Clinton’s exoneration in her email scandal. However, over that same period of time multiple revelations have come out linking the DNC and Clinton campaign to Russia.
One might argue that Putin was basically saying that “useful idiots” in America are doing his work for him. The term “useful idiots” is attributed to Vladimir Lenin, though many question it’s validity. Author Mona Charen commented, “Lenin is widely credited with the prediction that liberals and other weak-minded souls in the West could be relied upon to be ‘useful idiots’ as far as the Soviet Union was concerned.” According to her, “Though Lenin may never have actually uttered the phrase, it was consistent with his cynical style. And … liberals managed, time after time during the Cold War, to live down to this sour prediction.”
Perhaps, Vladimir Putin is inadvertently admitting to employing the same strategy today. While it may not be conscious or deliberate collusion, the continuation of the Trump-Russia Collusion narrative, absent proof, benefits Putin and Russian interests. Though, President Trump seems to be succeeding in many ways regardless.