Senator Richard Blumenthal took a stand against President Trump this Saturday for remaining silent after Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed Russian minority groups, including Jews, for interfering during the 2016 U.S. election.
“Repulsive Putin remark deserves to be denounced, soundly and promptly, by world leaders. Why is Trump silent? Intolerance is intolerable,” Blumenthal tweeted.
Putin implied while sitting down for an NBC interview that Russian citizens from different ethnic background are the culprits behind the 2016 U.S. election meddling.
“Maybe they are not even Russians, but Ukrainians, Tatars or Jews, but with Russian citizenship, which should also be checked,” Putin explained.
“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,” he continued.
The American Jewish Committee were quick to criticize Putin’s remarks and urged him to clarify his comments.
“President Putin suggesting that Russian Federation minorities, be they Ukrainian, Tatar, or Jewish, were behind U.S. election meddling is eerily reminiscent of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” the group wrote in a statement.
Putin also said to NBC that he “couldn’t care less” if Russians had meddled in the U.S. presidential election.
“So what if they’re Russians?” Putin questioned. “There are 146 million Russians. So what? … I don’t care. I couldn’t care less … They do not represent the interests of the Russian state.”
Special Counsel Robert Mueller back in February laid down charges against 13 Russians and three Russian groups for interfering in the 2016 presidential election.
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