Hillary Clinton, the former Democratic presidential candidate, launched an attack on Donald Trump on Wednesday, accusing him of winning the 2016 general election by colluding with “1,000 Russian agents” to fill Facebook with “lies.” She said she believed that Trump conspired with the Russians to interfere in the election and that his campaign “guided” the Russians to “weaponize information” against her.
Clinton made the unsubstantiated assertion that Trump colluded with “1,000 Russian agents” to spread “fake news” about her during a question and answer session at the 2017 Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verde, San Francisco, California.
According to Clinton, it was not her fault that she lost the election to Donald Trump. She lost the election because the Russians and certain “forces in this country” conspired to deprive her of election victory.
“I take responsibility for every decision I made but that is not why I lost.”
She accused the Russians of hacking her campaign and “weaponizing information” through dissemination of “fake news” reports.
She claimed that her campaign has data that demonstrates how “weaponized information” was used to influence the 2016 general election. According to Clinton, “low information voters” were easily swayed by the deluge of fake news on Facebook. She claimed that many Americans voted against her because they believed the fake news they saw on their Facebook feeds and Twitter accounts.
According to the former U.S. Secretary of State, “1,000 Russian agents” worked to fill Facebook with “lies” and most of the news about her on Facebook during the election campaign period was “fake.” While talking about the “lies” peddled on Facebook that helped to turn some voters against her, Clinton recalled the “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory that claimed that she and other prominent figures in the Democratic Party were involved in child sex-trafficking. She said the fake news story influenced “low information voters.”
“Put yourself in the position of a low-information voter,” she said, “and all of a sudden your Facebook feed, your Twitter account is saying, ‘Oh my gosh, Hillary Clinton is running a child trafficking operation in Washington with John Podesta!”
“[People] were worried that I was going to jail, worried that I was running a child trafficking operation in the basement of a pizzeria.”
— nzherald (@nzherald) June 1, 2017
Clinton then went on to allege that the Trump campaign “guided” the Russians about how best to use fake news information to turn voters against her. She said she was certain that Trump aides assisted the Russians because the Russians could not have known by themselves how to use the information to turn voters against her. She alleged that some people who had an insight into American voters guided the Russians about how and when to release fake news reports. She insisted that those people must have been Americans.
“The Russians in my opinion could not have known best how to weaponize that information unless they had been guided by a specific group of people. By Americans,” Clinton argued, according to the Daily Mail.
When asked who she believed guided the Russians, she said, “I am leaning Trump. It is pretty hard not to.”
— Mel Lin (@M3ll1n) June 1, 2017
She said, specifically, that “1,000 Russian agents [were] involved” in helping Trump campaign to deliver the fake news messages that swayed voters. But she did not cite a source to back up her claim.
Clinton alleged that WikiLeaks colluded with the Russians. She claimed that WikiLeaks rushed to publish hacked John Podesta emails in an effort to distract public attention from the Access Hollywood tape in which Trump was recorded bragging about “grabby women by the p***y.”
Clinton’s latest allegations echoed a previous allegation she made decades ago that she and her husband Bill were the victims of what she described as a “vast right-wing conspiracy.”
“It was a vast right-wing conspiracy. Now it is a vast Russian conspiracy – turns out we were right.”
Crooked Hillary Clinton now blames everybody but herself, refuses to say she was a terrible candidate. Hits Facebook & even Dems & DNC.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 1, 2017
People in covfefe houses shouldn't throw covfefe. https://t.co/M7oK5Z6qwF
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 1, 2017
Clinton’s comments at the conference provoked a response from Trump who took to Twitter late on Wednesday to attack Clinton.
“Crooked Hillary Clinton now blames everybody but herself, refuses to say she was a terrible candidate,” Trump tweeted.
Clinton responded by referencing Trump’s famous Twitter coinage, “Covfefe.”
“People in covfefe houses shouldn’t throw covfefe,” she tweeted in response.
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