Putin to Democrats: Don't Blame Me for Election Loss
At his annual year-end news conference on Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said U.S. Democrats should not blame him for President-elect Donald Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton.
Following the election, many Democrats attributed Clinton's loss to alleged Russian hacking of the election.
“The Democratic Party lost not only the presidential elections, but elections in the Senate and Congress .... Is that also my work?” Putin said, according to the Russian news agency Tass.
He also derided Democrats for the "undemocratic" strategy of calling for vote recounts and trying to get electors to flip.
"The fact that the current ruling party called Democratic has blatantly forgotten the original definition of its name is evident if one takes into consideration unscrupulous use of administrative resource and appeals to electors not to concede to voters’ choice," Putin said.
"Outstanding figures in American history from the ranks of the Democratic Party would likely be turning in their graves. [Franklin D.] Roosevelt certainly would be."
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