Hillary Clinton is warning Russia is already "adept" at election meddling — and could do it again in the 2024 White House contest.
In an interview on "Inside with Jen Psaki," the former secretary of state said Moscow's election interference should be discussed more — and asserted Russian President Vladimir Putin's motive for meddling is his hatred for both America and democracy.
"I fear that the Russians have proved themselves to be quite adept at interfering, and if he has a chance, he'll do it again," said Clinton, who lost a 2016 presidential bid to Donald Trump.
In the interview with Psaki, Clinton claimed Putin got involved in that election because he didn't want her in office.
"We have to reject authoritarianism, we have to reject a kind of creeping fascism almost of people who are really ready to turn over their thinking, their votes to wannabe dictators, and we can't allow that to proceed," she said.
Clinton has appeared to have given up on seeking a political office since the loss to Trump. Her most recent trip to the White Hose was in early September to attending the Praemium Imperiale award ceremony — awarded by the Japan Art Association for lifetime achievements in the arts, the Washington Examiner reported.
In the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, cyber security experts uncovered a breach of Democratic National Committee emails tied to Russian-based actors, the Washington Post reported at the time.
Russia is also believed to have created a troll farm to amplify social media discord around the 2016 election, the BBC reported at the time.
Trump has denied any campaign involvement with Russia ahead of his 2016 victory.
"Putin is this authoritarian dictator who literally kills his opposition, kills journalists, poisons people who disagree with him, invades another country, [and] interferes with our election," Clinton argued on Sunday, while warning of a "creeping fascism" and "wannabe dictators" looming over the U.S. political horizon.
Clinton didn't provide any names, the New York Post noted.
But of Trump's current four indictments — both his denial of any wrongdoing and promise to not to pardon himself — Clinton remarked: "I don't believe him on anything."
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Fran Beyer is a writer with Newsmax and covers national politics.
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