Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala D. Harris said Sunday that she thinks Russian interference could cause Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden to lose the 2020 election.
Ms. Harris told CNN that Russia will be at the “front of the line” to interfere in the 2020 election.
“Could it cost you the White House?” asked CNN personality Dana Bash about Russian election meddling to Ms. Harris.
“Theoretically, of course,” Ms. Harris answered. “Yes.”
Ms. Harris, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said she and Mr. Biden are ‘realists’ that refuse to ignore Russian aggression. She did not say what information she explicitly relied on to make her assessment.
“We have classic voter suppression, we have what happened in 2016, which is foreign interference, we have a president who is trying to convince the American people not to believe in the integrity of our election system and compromise their belief that their vote might actually count,” Ms. Harris told CNN. “These things are all at play and I am very realistic, Joe is very realistic, that until we can win…that there will be many obstacles that people are intentionally placing in front of Americans’ ability to vote.”
Ms. Harris said she and Mr. Biden would surpass the obstacles and win the 2020 election anyway.
The nation’s top elected Democrat said Sunday that the Russians will have help interfering in 2020 politics from President Trump. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told MSNBC she thought President Trump was complicit in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attempt to undermine American democracy via his rhetoric.
“I don’t know what Putin has on the president politically, personally, or financially; we’ll find out when we see the president’s tax returns,” Mrs. Pelosi told MSNBC on Sunday. “But I do know that he has engaged in these kinds of activities in other countries in order to discredit democracy, in order to discredit our democracy, and that our own president should be an accomplice to that just raises so many questions.”
Mr. Trump responded to recent criticisms from his Democratic opponents in a tweet saying they were engaged in a disinformation campaign.
“The Democrats, together with the corrupt Fake News Media, have launched a massive Disinformation Campaign the likes of which has never been seen before. They will say anything, like their recent lies about me and the Military, and hope that it sticks… But #MAGA gets it!” Mr. Trump tweeted.
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