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As I have said elsewhere, the Russians simply wanted to disrupt the effectiveness of Clinton as President.

They didn't support Trump so much as saw him as a useful vehicle to throw mud at Clinton and the US political process. Similarly with Sanders, his role was to undermine Clinton and the Russians were willing to help him all the way. Especially after the primaries where online troll campaigns to suggest that her victory was tainted were intended to damp down enthusiasm from Sanders supporters for Clinton's Presidency attampt.

Classic "enemy of my enemy is my friend". I don't think Putin expected Trump to win. Rather, given how the loss has led to the US digging up the drains on the methods used, he'd rather Trump lost but allowed the GOP to win the rest of DC and tie her up like they tied up Obama. The US would have had 8 years of emails and Benghazi, giving the russians carte blanche in the rest of the world. And that's what the russians really wanted.

For the russians, Trump's has been a Pyrrhic victory

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun Feb 25th, 2018 at 05:39:56 PM EST
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