Democratic presidential nominee has made escalating tensions between the U.S. and Russia a key part of her campaign platform—and the Russians have noticed. A longtime Russian lawmaker has joined the growing number of prominent voices in the country saying that a Clinton election means war is imminent.
Vladimir Zhirinovsky, described by Reuters as “a flamboyant veteran lawmaker known for his fiery rhetoric,” told the news outlet that Americans concerned about nuclear war with Russia should vote for Donald Trump in November.
The lawmaker, a staunch backer of Kremlin policy, said that a Clinton election will bring about WWIII.
“Americans voting for a president on Nov. 8 must realize that they are voting for peace on Planet Earth if they vote for Trump. But if they vote for Hillary it’s war. It will be a short movie. There will be Hiroshimas and Nagasakis everywhere,” Zhirinovsky said.
Clinton’s camp has repeatedly criticized Trump for supporting stronger diplomacy between the U.S. and Russia, charging that the GOP candidate would allow Vladimir Putin to disregard U.S. policy positions and even accusing him of enlisting Russian help to hack the Democratic Party.
Putin and Trump have both complimented one another in public remarks. On the other hand, the Russian leader, like Zhirinovsky, says Clinton will force his country into a war with the U.S.
Zhirinovsky noted that Clinton’s attitude toward Russia has been combative for years, a trend that would only intensify if she’s elected.
“Relations between Russia and the United States can’t get any worse. The only way they can get worse is if a war starts,” he said.
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