No, Russia Didn’t Just Admit to Stealing 2016 Election

No, Russia Didn’t Just Admit to Stealing 2016 Election
Russian Duma member Vyacheslav Nikonov, according to U.S. media, admitted Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, but even The Hill admits he was just mocking the U.S. intelligence community.

(TRUNEWS) Liberals in the mainstream media are doing what they always do—twisting the words of others—in another vain attempt to push the Russia conspiracy theory, this time suggesting a Russian politician admitted his government stole the 2016 election.

One might consider it a situation of “lost in translation” were it not for the fact the politician made it clear he was mocking the U.S. intelligence community. The quote came from Duma member Vyacheslav Nikonov, the grandson of Stalin-era Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov during an interview on the Russian equivalent of a Sunday-morning political program.

According to Julia Davis, purveyor of the Russia Lies website—the media’s sole source for the comment—he said:

The American intelligence missed it when Russian intelligence stole the president of the United States.

And, almost immediately, the media ran with their newest “smoking gun” signaling collusion between President Donald Trump and the Russian government. But, before they could even utter the first syllable of “impeachment,” The Hill newspaper popped their balloon:

The focus of the episode was the decline of U.S. power in the world. In that context, said University of Virginia professor Allen Lynch via email, Nikonov was less stating the extent of Russia's involvement in the 2016 election, and more mocking the resulting chaos as emblematic of U.S. weakness.

“His point in making the remark was that if the U.S. can’t protect the integrity of its own electoral system, then how powerful can it really be?” wrote Lynch.

Though the U.S. intelligence community has unequivocally stated that Russian intelligence agencies hacked the Democratic National Committee and other political targets during the 2016 presidential campaign, Russian President Vladimir Putin has roundly denied the claim.

Nikonov’s political career has been buoyed by Putin’s influence, and it’s highly unlikely he would betray that with what the media tried to portray as a “stunning admission,” even if it were true.

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