Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the ultra-nationalist ally of President Vladimir Putin, has told Reuters that Americans need to vote for Donald Trump unless they want a nuclear war with Russia. Electing Hillary Clinton would ensure that Russia would be provoked into starting World War 3 with the United States, Zhirinovsky said.
“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,” said Zhirinovsky. “Relations between Russia and the United States can’t get any worse. The only way they can get worse is if a war starts.”
Zhirinovsky was recently given a top state award from Putin, who regularly uses Zhirinovsky and his clownish, outlandish statements, as a measuring stick to gauge public opinion on radical policies. Zhirinovsky’s Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, a pro-Kremlin political group, came in third last month during Russia’s parliamentary election.
“Victory for Trump would be a gift to humanity. But if Hillary Clinton wins it will be the last U.S. president ever,” Zhirinovsky said. “She craves power. Her view is that Hillary is the most important person on the planet, that America is an exceptional country, as Barack Obama said, that’s dangerous. She could start a nuclear war.”
For his part, Putin has insisted that Russia is not involved in the efforts to influence the current U.S. presidential election.
Nevertheless, the U.S. government has officially gone on record as saying that it believes that Russia is behind the hacked state emails currently being fed to Wikileaks, which alt-right Trump supporters are cheering on. Rumors abound that an incriminating — but fake — scandal will be dropped immediately before election day, and that by the time it’s repudiated, it will be too late for Clinton.
And Trump seems willing to play along. At a rally this past Monday, he unwittingly spouted off Russian propaganda sourced directly from Sputnik, a Russian-funded website. Trump read aloud a misconstrued email in attempt to indict Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal with regards to Benghazi.
Not to be outdone, Zhirinovsky, for his part, recently added the following about Clinton herself: “Most Americans should choose Trump because men have been leading for millions of year. You can’t take the risk of having one of the richest, most powerful countries led by a woman president.”