WATCH: Stephen Colbert calls Vladimir Putin's personal involvement in Podesta email hack "kinda flattering"

"It's hand-crafted — it's an artisanal hack," the "Late Show" host said of Putin's vendetta against Hillary Clinton


Brendan Gauthier
December 16, 2016 8:30PM (UTC)

"Late Show" host Stephen Colbert on Thursday opened his monologue talking about Vladimir Putin's personal vendetta against Hillary Clinton.

Sources told CNN that the former secretary of State — during a "thank you party" for her donors at The Plaza Hotel in New York on Thursday — "said Putin held a grudge against her stemming from Clinton's comments about Russia's 2011 parliamentary elections. Clinton issued a sharp critique of Russia's parliamentary elections as secretary of state, suggesting that the elections were not free and fair. Putin then blamed Clinton for protests that broke out afterward."

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According to Clinton, this "grudge" led Putin to interfere in the U.S. election.

"Kinda flattering he wanted to do it himself, don't you think?" Colbert said. "It's hand-crafted — it's an artisanal hack."

"So Putin hacked the election because of a grudge against Hillary? That is so lame," he added. "There are so many better reasons to get revenge on America: economic sanctions, NATO expansion, Sean Connery's accent in 'The Hunt for Red October.'"

According to Politico, some of those reasons stem from U.S. interventionism:

As secretary of state, Clinton played into Putin’s long-held anxieties about the U.S. — all of which were echoes of the American policies launched during her husband’s presidency, and the boozy Bill-and-Boris show of the 1990s.

One was Putin’s belief that America blithely staged military interventions around the world with little regard for international — or at least Russian — opinion. Hillary Clinton had been a supporter of the 2003 Iraq War and Obama’s 2011 intervention in Libya. Putin opposed both those campaigns — and, as a paranoid autocrat, particularly resented Washington’s record of regime-change policies. It didn’t help that the Clinton name already reminded Russian officials of the 1990s U.S.-led NATO interventions in the Balkans, which many hardliners considered to be outrageous Western aggression against their Slavic brothers.


Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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