A Russian politician has come out in defence of democracy, arguing that the only person who undermined American democracy in recent years was President Obama and not Putin.
In a series of tweets on Friday, the head of the State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs, Alexei Pushkov, argued that U.S. democracy was undermined by the Obama administration and the media – not by a Russian hacking campaign.
The Blaze reports:
In a series of tweets late Friday, Russian Senator Alexey Pushkov criticized the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion about Russian hacking into the 2016 election, while offering criticism of Obama.
“The U.S. democratic process was undermined not by Russia, but by the Obama administration and mass media, which supported Clinton over Trump,” Pushkov tweeted, according to a translation from Russian to English by The Hill.
“The danger to democracy is within U.S. itself,” he added, accusing Obama of being responsible for Republicans’ growing trust of Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The U.S. intelligence community released a report on Friday detailing their conclusion that Russia did, indeed, interfere in the election after developing a “clear preference” to help President-elect Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton.
And while Democrats have clung to the report as the sole reason why Clinton lost, Trump has continually dismissed it, saying definitively after his meeting with intelligence officials on Friday that there is “no evidence” to prove that the election results were successfully manipulated by the Russians.