Just a few minutes after President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin emerged from their closed-door meeting Monday, and before their news conference, a caller from Connecticut connected to C-SPAN's “Washington Journal.”
“I'll try not to sound too awful, but I want to thank the Russians for interfering with our election to stop Hillary Clinton from becoming president,” said the caller.
That's right — a caller on a U.S. television show thanking a foreign adversary for influencing the democratic process.
The caller seemed to be a big Trump supporter and went on to say that Clinton “has got illusions of grandeur, and so has her husband.”
But hidden in her unhappiness with Clinton as a candidate was a surprising assertion: The caller also seemed convinced that Russia did, in fact, interfere with the election — something Trump has attempted to deny at every turn.
“I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be [Russia],” Trump said during his news conference with Putin on Monday. “I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.”
That's a line Trump has kept since Russian interference in the election was first revealed. But the C-SPAN caller — who clearly hated the idea of a Hillary Clinton presidency — seemed to take it as a positive for the candidate she supported. She didn't just excuse foreign intervention in the election; she openly applauded it.
When asked to clarify whether she thought Russian election interference gave the presidency to Trump, the caller responded: “Yes, because the Russians interfered. I mean, what would we do with Hillary in that White House?”