Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi have called for a probe into Russian President Vladimir Putin’s role in the Capitol riot.
During an interview on Monday the pair got together to discuss their favourite conspiracy theories.
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The House speaker joined the failed 2016 presidential candidate for an interview on Clinton’s podcast, ‘You and Me Both’, where they discussed the chaos in Washington, DC earlier this month, concluding that Putin must have personally ordered the unrest.
Clinton said she would be interested in seeing Trump’s phone records to see whether he was on the phone to Putin while the Capitol was under siege.
RT reports: At one point during the conversation, Clinton argued that President Donald Trump “has other agendas” – though hastened to add that “I don’t think we yet know” what those are – wondering aloud about “who pulls his strings.”
“I would love to see his phone records to see whether he was talking to Putin the day the insurgents invaded our Capitol,” Clinton said, asking Pelosi: “Do you think we need a 9/11-type commission to investigate and report everything they can pull together and explain what happened?”
Pelosi responded in the affirmative, saying that when it comes to Trump, “all roads lead to Putin.”
“I don’t know what Putin has on him politically, financially or personally, but what happened last week was a gift to Putin. Because Putin wants to undermine democracy in our country and throughout the world,” Pelosi added confidently, despite being fuzzy on the details.
“These people, unbeknownst to them, they are Putin puppets. They were doing Putin’s business when they [stormed the Capitol], at the incitement of an insurrection by the president of the United States. So yes, we should have a 9/11 commission, and there is strong support in the Congress to do that.“
The remarks, made entirely free of evidence, soon triggered a wave of mockery online, with journalist Aaron Mate labeling Clinton and Pelosi’s creative theorizing as “BlueAnon” – presumably the Democratic Party’s version of the eccentric QAnon conspiracy theory popular among many conservatives. He also asked why more than two years of investigation into Trump’s alleged Russia ties were “insufficient,” as they turned up no proof for any such conspiracy.
“These people are the *last* ones with any moral standing to rant about conspiracy theories & disinformation,” wrote journalist Glenn Greenwald, adding:
“Remember when Mueller spent 18 months and millions of dollars armed with a team of prosecutors and subpoena power, then closed his investigation after arresting *zero* Americans for conspiring with Russia? Let’s do it again!“
Others weighed in to ask whether Twitter’s policies against conspiracy theories and “dangerous disinformation” – harshly enforced for the QAnon community – would apply to Clinton and Pelosi’s baseless musings, joking that they are likely to “sow discord” in the US political scene.