Hillary Blames Trump, GOP for Russian Aggression
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton repeatedly suggested that former President Donald Trump and GOP lawmakers were responsible for enabling Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggression against Ukraine.
Clinton’s comments came during an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. The 2016 presidential hopeful accused Trump of “giving aid and comfort” to Putin amid the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine.
She also claimed Republicans were playing into Putin’s ambitions to “undermine democracy.”
“We have to also make sure that within our own country we are calling out those people who are giving aid and comfort to Vladimir Putin, who are talking about what a genius he is, what a smart move it is, who are unfortunately being broadcast by Russian media, not only inside Russia, but in Europe to demonstrate the division within our own country,” Clinton told Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski.
Last week, Trump called Putin a “genius” and “very savvy” for his handling of Ukraine, adding the invasion wouldn’t have happened if he was president.
“This is heartbreaking, but it’s also dangerous, and I think it’s time for what’s left of the Republican Party that has any common sense not just to say, OK, go help defend Ukraine against Putin, but to stand against those people in politics and government, in the media and elsewhere in our own country who are literally giving aid and comfort to an enemy of freedom and democracy,” Clinton added.
“It can’t continue because it plays right into the ambitions of not just Putin, but also President Xi of China to undermine democracy, to literally divide and conquer the West without ever invading us, but by setting us against each other.”
Clinton said that since the “ascent of Trump,” too many Republicans had lost their “spine” with Putin.