Even if true, that would be damning. What, you don't care about criminal behavior by your citizens as long as you can't be directly blamed for it.MOSCOW-Russian President Vladimir Putin says he doesn't care about alleged Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election because the actions weren't connected to his government.
As if that has any bearing on the question of the Russian government's responsibility, outside the mind of a committed racist.In an interview with American broadcaster NBC News that aired Saturday, Putin also suggested that some of the 13 Russian nationals indicted by the United States may not be ethnically Russian.
Note both his defining who is a real Russian based on ethnicity as opposed to citizenship, and the traditional scapegoating of the Jews (as well as other ethnic minorities and political opponents) for the misconduct of his associates."Maybe they are not even Russians, but Ukrainians, Tartars or Jews, but with Russian citizenship, which should also be checked," he said.
Yes, how dare we not want to give the robbers the keys to our house?Putin responded brusquely when interviewer Megyn Kelly asked if he condoned the interference that was alleged in last month's U.S. indictment by special counsel Robert Mueller.
"It's all the same to me. To me it absolutely makes no difference because they do not represent the government," Putin answered, according to the Russian-language interview transcript posted Saturday by the Kremlin.
Putin said Russia has neither the tools nor the will to meddle in elections. He repeatedly complained during the interview that Washington has brushed off Russian initiatives to work together on cybersecurity issues.
I'm surprised that he would publicly preach his own country's weakness like that. But it wouldn't be Putin propaganda without getting some Whataboutism in there."But the U.S. refuses to work like this and instead throws 13 Russians to the media," he said, going on to list the possible ethnicities that would make the suspects "not even Russian."
"Maybe they have dual citizenship or a green card; maybe the U.S. paid them for this. How can you know that? I do not know, either," the Russian leader said.
Putin claimed that the United States interferes in Russian elections "all the time" but that it was "impossible for us" to do the same.
Tell that to the people of the Ukraine and Syria."First, we have principles whereby we do not allow others to interfere in our domestic affairs and do not get into the affairs of others....
So we're supposed to believe that the Russian government can't do this (despite their widely-known cyber-warfare capabilities), but that private individuals or organizations within Russia could? Or are we supposed to think that it was really a U.S. false flag attack, in collusion with those evil Jews?Secondly, we don't have this quantity of tools," he said.
The NBC News interview was conducted in two parts, on March 1 and March 2. Kelly noted that Putin made the remark about not having the tools to disrupt the U.S. election shortly after he announced that Russia had developed major new nuclear weapons.
"This isn't missiles. This is an absolutely different sphere of activity," Putin responded.
Of course, the Neo-Nazi Trump base will just eat this up. I've been wondering for a while when they'd get around to scapegoating the Jews. Mark my words, when this is all over their narrative will be "Trump would have been a great President if it wasn't all ruined by the Jews." Especially since they'll have a highly-placed and notoriously corrupt Jewish member of the administration (Kushner) to be the face of the scapegoating campaign.
Anyway, this confirms my own view that Putinism, like the Trumpism that is its tool, is basically Nazism/fascism with a new coat of paint.