Washington: Democratic Party leader and former US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin could once again interfere in the upcoming presidential elections in 2024. She also alleged that the Russian leader “hates democracy.”
In an interview with MSNBC last week, Clinton stated that she firmly believes Putin will attempt to disrupt the 2024 US presidential elections, as he has done in the past. ‘The Russians have proven themselves to be quite adept at interfering, and if [Putin] has a chance, he’ll do it again,’ she said.
A Senate investigation revealed that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 US presidential election to harm the prospects of Hillary Clinton and boost the candidacy of Donald Trump. Targeting the Russian President, Clinton further charged that “his modus operandi [is] that he hates democracy. He particularly hates the West, and he especially hates us”.
Clinton said, “I don’t think, despite all the deniers, there is any doubt that he interfered in our election, or that he has interfered in many ways in the internal affairs of other countries, funding political parties, funding political candidates, buying off government officials in different places.”
She further accused the Russian president of “damaging and dividing” the US from the inside and expressed her concern about Putin’s influence. Clinton also called on the American people to stand against Putin, whom she referred to as an ‘authoritarian dictator.’
In 2020, an investigation by the US Senate revealed that Moscow had made a concerted effort to influence the 2016 election in favour of Donald Trump. US intelligence officials determined that Putin interfered in the 2020 election by undermining public confidence in the electoral process.