Russian Spokeswoman: US Jews Instrumental in Trump Victory
A RUSSIAN foreign ministry spokeswoman has been accused by her opponents of suggesting Donald Trump’s election victory was part of a “Jewish conspiracy.” She actually didn’t go that far — but did indicate that Jewish support was crucial in allowing Trump to win.
Maria Zakharova (pictured) said Jewish people in New York had told her they had mainly supported the Republican nominee, adding that American Jews were the best guide to US politics.
“I have a lot of friends and acquaintances there, of course I was interested to find out: how are the elections going, what are the American people’s expectations?” she said on a Russian chat show, recalling a visit to New York with an official Russian delegation in September.
“If you want to know what will happen in America, who do you need to talk to? You have to talk to the Jews, of course. It goes without saying,” Ms Zakharova said, drawing applause from the TV studio audience.
Trying to imitate a Jewish accent, she said Jewish people had told her: “‘Marochka, understand this — we’ll donate to Clinton, of course. But we’ll give the Republicans twice that amount.’ Enough said! That settled it for me – the picture was clear.
“If you want to know the future, don’t read the mainstream newspapers — our people in Brighton [Beach] will tell you everything,” she said, referring to a Brooklyn area that is home to a large number of Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union.
Her comments were accused of echoing the theory that rich New York Jews control US politics.
Roman Dobrokhotov, Russian opposition activist, said the spokeswoman had “explained Trump’s victory as a Jewish conspiracy.”
Michael McFaul, the former US ambassador to Moscow, wrote on Facebook: “Wow. And this is the woman who criticises me for not being diplomatic.”
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Source: Guardian and National Vanguard correspondents