Russian president Vladimir Putin has criticised the Democratic Party for their reaction following Hillary Clinton’s defeat to Donald Trump in November’s presidential election, describing the party as “sore losers” who need to “know how to lose with dignity.”
In his annual news conference in Russia, Putin denied the prominent left-wing theory that cyber attacks supposedly organised by the Russian government on the Democratic Party were responsible for Hillary Clinton’s landslide defeat.
The hacks, the content of which included emails from Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, led to damaging revelations such as Clinton’s desire for a “world with open borders” and the widespread collusion between her campaign and the mainstream media.
“The current administration and the leadership of the Democratic Party are trying to blame all their failures on external factors,” Putin said.
“This is a party which has clearly forgotten the original meaning of its own name. They are losing on all fronts and looking elsewhere for things to blame. In my view this, how shall I say it, degrades their own dignity. You have to know how to lose with dignity,” he continued.
Putin also praised Trump for his election as president, saying that he “understood the mood of the people and kept going until the end, when nobody believed in him.”
He also confirmed that he would visit President-elect Donald Trump in America should he be invited, and also expects US-Russian relations to “return to normal” in the coming years.