SRSLY: Russia Accuses US Of Election Meddling

Business Insider reports:

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Tuesday accused the US of a “direct interference in our electoral process and internal affairs” following the State Department’s criticism of Russia’s decision to bar opposition leader Alexey Navalny from running in the upcoming presidential election against Vladimir Putin.

“This State Department statement, which I’m sure will be repeated, is a direct interference in our electoral process and internal affairs,” Zakharova wrote Tuesday on Facebook.

In a statement shared with Business Insider on Tuesday night, a State Department spokesperson expressed concern over the Russian government’s “ongoing crackdown against independent voices, from journalists to civil society activists and opposition politicians.”

  • Sam_Handwich

    #fail

  • crewman

    The upcoming “election” where Putin had the only viable candidate besides himself banned, as he always does; they are always either banned or murdered. That election? Why would the US bother. Elections are so far beyond rigged in Russia, even Republicans here don’t dream that large.

    • Tread

      Just wait.

    • Rambie

      Oh, they dream that large, they’re slowing undermining our democracy to do just that.

    • Snarky

      “…even Republicans here don’t dream that large.”

      I’m afraid that was due to a failure of imagination on their part, not ambition. And that they now see a Russia-backed candidate can win the far-right vote. Which is only entirely backwards from what it historically has been here.

    • JCF

      Last night, Joy Reid (filling in for Rachel) Freudian slipped (as she admitted) “is Trump trying to become President for Life?” [she meant Putin]

      I totally did not notice the slip.

    • prixator

      election selection

  • bkmn

    Karma, you are way past due to meet Vlad Putin.

    • David Walker

      Karma believes in the old Gershwin tune, “I’m bidin’ my time.”

  • GayOldLady

    #HaHaHa

    • Joe in PA

      Hey GOL…hubs is home! Got home last night, he is so relieved. He’s doing pretty good, pain level is WAY down…just taking tylenol. So, yay.

      • Gustav2
      • Hooray! I’m really glad for you both!

        https://media.giphy.com/media/YTbZzCkRQCEJa/giphy.gif

        • Joe in PA

          🙂 Thanks. He’s not moving quite like that…hell, I’M not moving quite like that. 🙂

      • GayOldLady

        I’m so glad to hear that. I hope he’s back to himself quickly. I’ve thought of him everyday since the day you told us he was in the hospital. Give him my best wishes.

        • Joe in PA

          Thanks. Not eating for almost a week…he GAINED 5 lbs. WTH? That sugar water they had dripping in to him I guess. The really good news is that he feels good enough to cook (he made omelets this am). Or maybe he doesn’t feel bad enough to eat MY cooking. 🙂 I’m good either way. :0

          • GayOldLady

            I don’t know about your house, but in my house my wife is the better cook. But, just the fact that he feels like cooking is a good sign. Do they have him on a special diet?

          • Joe in PA

            Yeah, the special diet is (wait for it), a low fiber diet. (I think that probably contributed to the problem in the first place). 🙂

  • Joe in PA
  • Will Parkinson

    Suuuuuuuuure.

  • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]
    • David Walker

      That’s ol’ Turd Blossom, ain’t it? Heckuva job, Turdy.

    • Ranger One

      Common propaganda move.

    • Todd20036

      prijection

  • gaycuckhubby

    Putin and Trump have the same M.O. If they are caught doing something they deflect and accuse someone else of doing the exact same thing. That’s how you know when they’re guilty.

  • Chuck in NYC

    Sarah Huckabee Sandersova.

    • KCMC

      Ouch. Made me Snort borscht up my nose!

    • JCF

      Actually, she’d be Sarah Mikhaileva Sanders. [Russian patronym, created from from your father’s first name]

  • Bambino

    I see the Russians are jumping on the #MeToo wagon.

  • margaretpoa

    Well clearly somebody in the State Department is going to have to go.

    • Joe in PA

      Is there anyone left? 🙁

  • Natty Enquirer

    Shame on the State Department for flooding Russian Twitter with those thousands of bots!

  • Karl Dubhe 2

    Fuck Russia.

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    The plot calling the meddle black.

    • KCMC

      Golden wordage.

  • billbear1961

    Lifted from a poster on Political Wire:

    America in retreat…“Trump’s policy of the last 12 months is a radical departure from every president since WWII. Trump is weak on NATO, Russia, trade, climate, diplomacy. The U.S. is declining as a global leader.“ – Nicholas Burns, Under Secretary of State in GW Bush administration.

    http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-fg-trump-us-influence-20171226-story.html

    • Gustav2

      Did you use your legs when you lifted that?

      • billbear1961

        Yes, I didn’t want to hurt my back, Liebchen.

        🙂

        • Lumpy Gaga

          “I’mma stay right here. Feel free to stick it in.”

          • billbear1961

            😮

          • Lumpy Gaga

            That’s what I said!

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      • Tread

        You don’t say anything about holding legs.

    • Rambie

      When the US Dollar is no longer used for trading crude oil we’re going to be in for another recession.

      • billbear1961

        MUCH more–much worse–than a recession, Rambie.

        • Rambie

          I was trying to be optimistic.

      • Karl Dubhe 2

        If that happens, crude oil will not be traded any longer; and something will have replaced it. It’s possible that that something will back the US Dollar as Oil has.

        But, yah, likely we’ll all get fucked by that. When it happens.

    • billbear1961
      • wds

        Was that film as bad as I remember it?

    • Gerry Fisher

      Conservative extremists have been jonsing to recreate 1920s America (pre-FDR), with no acknowledgement of what happened between 1929 and 1945 (oy!), or what happened from 1945 through the early 80s (so *this* is what a middle class and interstate highway system look like!).

  • David Walker

    Meddling in their elections? If only we w/could. We’d never hear about it, of course, but wouldn’t it be hysterical if Navalny received an overwhelming number of write-ins? Boris and Natasha would be secretly amused.

  • GayOldLady

    Will Trump respond? And if he does, what will he say? “I believe Putin, he’s a good man”? This is a world turned inside out and DJT must be made to pay for the damage he’s done to our country.

    • margaretpoa

      “There are good people on both sides and if you want to see where interference is covfefe from, IT’S CROOKED HILLARY!”

    • David Walker

      He will apologize, of course. He has disgraced the US in so many other ways, why not apologize to a dictator/boss, too? And I’ll bet Rex has been told to find out who sent that message…and get rid of her/him.

    • Gustav2

      Will Trump respond?

      Yes, by cutting money to the UN and the State Dept.

      Oh wait…

    • R W C

      He’ll take credit for it as agreed in his recent chit-chat with Vlad.

  • Smokey

    “a satire on the stupidity of royalty and the particularly Russian terror of displeasing one’s superior”
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ELld1VrEuTQ

    • Natty Enquirer

      Certainly nothing to sneeze at.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    NOW do you MAGAts see what we look like on the world stage??

  • Halou
  • R W C

    What took them so long?

  • Halou

    In other news, the dictator of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, has officially endorsed Putin’s candidacy in the Russian “election”. But Kazakhstan isn’t interfering in Russia’s internal affairs because reasons.

  • OdieDenCO

    someone calling you an idiot does not interfere in your Idiocracy.

  • billbear1961
  • JaniceInToronto

    I’m beginning to wonder if anything Mueller finds will actually apply directly to the ShitGibbon. You guys may have to live with this for 3 more years. Imagine the carnage you’re going to have to wade through. I’m just not convinced anything of real consequence will happen to President Rotting Smegma.

    • margaretpoa

      Agreed to a point. A Democratic tsunami election will change the equation though. He’s empirically guilty of other violations, even without Russia. The emoluments clause for example.

      • billbear1961

        And OBSTRUCTION.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Alas, will there actually be a Democratic tsunami? If some of what I continue to see in chat rooms and comment threads is any indicator, the puritans of the left (we all know who they are) seem determined to push the narrative of 2016 all over again. If the lesson of that election has not been learned, I cannot say I am confident in a tsunami, let alone a ripple, occurring.

        • Karl Dubhe 2

          I’m damn sure that some of those comments are from foreigners, and not good ones like you or I. 🙂

          Or ones who enjoy their despotism with a Russian twist.

    • Treant

      I’m convinced that the Orange Julius will be untouched and “innocent” in Mueller’s eyes. After which Mueller will retire to a tropical island we didn’t know he owned…

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      While I have doubts about federal charges, I think the NY attorney general might have some juicy crap once Don is out of office. Also, w/o being President, no foreign leaders will need to go to his hotels and Putin won’t need him any more. And I honestly don’t see him being able to go back to TV after this.

    • billbear1961

      Janice, at the very “least,” that bastard is guilty of OBSTRUCTION, repeated efforts at obstruction of justice, AND he’s violating the Emoluments Clause (which, according to one federal judge, CONGRESS must hold him accountable for. They WILL only if we FORCE them to, by means of massive and relentless PROTESTS).

  • beariac

    Not this one again.
    https://youtu.be/qiaovwAAWXk

  • Rex

    Haha, we couldn’t even meddle in our own election.

  • KCMC

    Way OT: support the troops. Fit uc ginger airman broadcasting from S Korea on chaturbate, dog tags (and all) swinging.
    “Looking to bang Freedom” Airbouneairman95
    0 degrees, day 5 of head cold from hell.

  • Andymac3

    You have to admit, Putin’s government troll game is first class, and when you have nothing to lose, everything else is a win.

  • jimbo65

    Really? Seriously? I don’t know what to make of this. Wondering if it’s some sort of Kabuki theatre going on.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Oh, it’s definitely Kabuki, bad, Russian Kabuki.

  • JWC

    Oh yes Truly the injured party here

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    While it is completely laughable, the fact remains it is plausible, why? Because the U.S. DOES have a history of fucking with other nations elections. Point being, the Pot is definitely calling the Kettle Black in this instance.

    • Karl Dubhe 2

      The rusted Pot, is calling the Kettle Black. 🙂

      Russia’s special. Just ask Chekov.

    • BobSF_94117

      She is accusing the U.S. of voicing, publicly, concerns over the Russian election process. We are publicly calling for opposition voices not to be suppressed.

      What’s “plausible” got to do with anything? They’re not accusing us of illegal or clandestine interference.

  • mikeinftl

    Up is down.

  • Karl Dubhe 2

    To be fair, we* have been ‘interfering’ in Russia’s government choices since 1917.

    But there were/are good reasons for doing that, and those reasons still exist.

    Russia hasn’t been a ‘good’ neighbour in quite some time, if ever they were.

    *Yah, that includes Canada too. 🙂

  • Keith D Plane

    and she said that with a straight face?

    • JCF

      Well, I HOPE she’s not a lesbian! ;-X

  • Friday

    So, all your hacking and botting and trolling and disinforming and back door funds, election deals for emoluments violations and foreign policy goals, and RT propaganda disguised as something else… isn’t ‘election interference’ ….but commenting openly on *you* refusing to let the only serious challenger run is somehow ‘interfering’ in your sham of a democratic process? Riiiight.

  • Tempus Fuggit

    a State Department spokesperson expressed concern over the Russian government’s “ongoing crackdown against independent voices, from journalists to civil society activists and opposition politicians.”

    Sorry, which government’s been earning those critiques lately? I’m finding it a little hard to keep track.
    Also, vheere are moose and squirrrrel?

  • Gianni

    Gee, I feel bad for them. Such a pity. Why would a government encourage or support or institute interference in another country’s election proceedings? Start by asking your own government that question. If you’re lucky, you might still be alive a month from now.