Hillary Clinton took a major swipe at President Donald Trump on Twitter Monday morning by reminding the world that during a debate with the now-President in the throes of the 2016 presidential campaign, she warned that Trump was a "puppet" of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
During their third debate in October 2016, Clinton and Trump sparred over Trump's suspected subservience to Putin.
"Putin from everything I see has no respect for this person," Trump growled. Clinton replied, "that's because he'd rather have a puppet as president."
Trump insisted, "puppet, no puppet, you're the puppet."
"The Russians have engaged in cyber attacks against the United States of America that you encouraged; that you encouraged espionage against our people; that you are willing to spout the Putin line, sign up for his wishlist, break up NATO... and that you continue to get help from him because he has a very clear favorite in this race."
Hindsight is 20/20. We were warned.
"Like I said: A puppet," she tweeted.
Like I said: A puppet. https://t.co/BeBfYMJcic— Hillary Clinton (@Hillary Clinton)1547481404.0
The nearly 66 million Americans who listened are all for her right now.
@HillaryClinton I fucking love you— Kathy Griffin (@Kathy Griffin)1547482911.0
@HillaryClinton You were so right. I listened to you. Too bad many did not.— Vote Dem for the Planet (@Vote Dem for the Planet)1547483092.0
@HillaryClinton I was listening, Madame President. I believed you then and do so now. #ImpeachTheMF— Andrew Mendelson (@Andrew Mendelson)1547485789.0
@HillaryClinton Damn right and we won’t ever let them forget it!! 🔥🔥🔥#MadamPresident— Propane Jane™ (@Propane Jane™)1547483209.0
By this point in the campaign, both candidates were receiving daily security briefings.
And the Trump-Russia connection had already made headlines.
@joshtpm Keep in mind this is after each of them had begun receiving presidential intelligence briefings.— W. Mark Felt (@W. Mark Felt)1547312377.0
@joshtpm It's been so damn public for so long. Connecting the dots was treated like some weird conspiracy theory.— Matthew Hubbard (@Matthew Hubbard)1547310951.0
@joshtpm We saw him on stage flaunting his ability to dodge taxes. We heard him boast of sexual assault. We knew he… https://t.co/FNNOfYbK5Q— Alicia Cruz (@Alicia Cruz)1547313364.0
@HillaryClinton And Republicans knew. Folks. Read it. Read every word @GOPLeader @SpeakerRyan @SteveScalise… https://t.co/LusDJZElS2— ☇RiotWomenn☇ (@☇RiotWomenn☇)1547483375.0
But, ya know, Clinton was a "flawed" candidate.
@HillaryClinton You are absolutely right, and I was so wrong about you.— David Weissman (@David Weissman)1547483187.0
@tweet4all2c @davidmweissman Except she is the only one repeatedly called “not perfect” or “flawed” when she’s prob… https://t.co/0c4dxC7PYa— Mary (@Mary)1547483706.0
@HillaryClinton But misogyny https://t.co/wBcOoDfBK3— suzy greenberg (@suzy greenberg)1547481453.0
Lest we forget:
@RudyGiuliani July 27, 2016 Donald Trump says at news conference «Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able t… https://t.co/8yZbNoW0kH— Morten Øverbye (@Morten Øverbye)1547490082.0
Below is a clip from the same debate in which Clinton lays out precisely what we have come to learn since Trump was elected.
"We've never had a foreign government trying to interfere in our election," Clinton said. "We have 17 intelligence agencies - civilian and military - all concluded that these espionage/cyber attacks come from the highest levels of the Kremlin and they are designed to influence our election. I find that deeply disturbing."
Trump, whose denial holds to this day, said Clinton had "no idea whether it's Russia, China, or anybody else. She has no idea. Our country has no idea. I doubt it, I doubt it."
In hindsight, this clip from one of the Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton debates is pretty telling. https://t.co/VeWHfsZWoT— Rob Tornoe (@Rob Tornoe)1487163276.0
But her emails.