Hillary Clinton expects Russian President Vladimir Putin to seek to interfere in the US presidential election again in 2024.
Appearing on “Inside with Jen Psaki” on Sunday, the former secretary of state said she was convinced Putin had interfered in past elections and was sure he was ready to sow discord in next year’s election cycle.
Asked whether people should be concerned about possible Kremlin political interference, Clinton told Psaki: “The Russians have proven themselves quite adept at interfering, and if so.” [Putin] has a chance, he will do it again.”
In 2020 a Senate investigation found that Russia made an aggressive attempt to elect Donald Trump during his race against Clinton in 2016.
Next year, US intelligence officials investigated Putin interfered in the 2020 election by “denigrating the candidacy of President Biden and the Democratic Party, supporting Trump, undermining public trust 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 approach [is] that he hates democracy,” she explained. “He especially hates the West, and he especially hates us.”
Clinton said she has worried about Putin’s influence for years and accused the Russian leader of a strategy designed to “damage and divide” the United States from within.
The former senator from New York also criticized Putin for his “barbaric invasion of Ukraine” and accused the Russian ruler of plotting to “expand his reach” and “restore the Russian empire.”
Calling on Americans to stand up to the “authoritarian dictator” and his “apologists and enablers,” Clinton told Psaki: “We must reject a kind of creeping fascism from people who are truly willing to give up their minds and their voices.” “Would-be dictators.”
Putin commented on US affairs Earlier this month at an economic forum in Eastern Europe, where he described Trump’s current legal troubles as political persecution. The front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination is currently facing 91 charges in four different cases.
Putin accused the Biden administration of corruption and said the Trump investigation had “revealed the rot of the American political system, which cannot pretend to teach democracy to others.”