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Russia conspiracy theories are back! MSNBC asks Bolton if Trump is ‘too afraid’ to take on Putin because he helped get him elected

Russia conspiracy theories are back! MSNBC asks Bolton if Trump is ‘too afraid’ to take on Putin because he helped get him elected
MSNBC is still doing its best to spread the theory that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election, thanks to an anonymous report from the New York Times claiming the nation paid militants to attack US troops in Afghanistan.

“Do you think that the president is afraid to make Putin mad because maybe Putin did help him win the election and he doesn't want to make him mad for 2020?” Chuck Todd asked of John Bolton in a Meet the Press interview on Sunday.

The question threw many for a loop on social media as the Democrats’ claims that Trump conspired with Russia to somehow ‘steal’ the presidency had seemed to be put to bed following an attempt to impeach the president that went nowhere, despite months of hearings presenting second or third-hand information about the matter. 

Though Bolton says he will not vote for Trump in November, he avoided the bait laid by Todd and said there is “no evidence” that the president colluded with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

When Bolton pushed back against the narrative, Todd tried to distance himself and clarified multiple times he was not talking about “collusion.” He quickly moved on without explaining what exactly he was referring to, if he was not talking about “collusion.” 

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The question — and seeming resurgence of the Russia/Trump collusion conspiracy theory — was inspired by a recent report from the New York Times claiming through anonymous sources that Russia has paid militants in Afghanistan to attack US troops. 

Trump has waved off the report from the “fake news” outlet and claimed he has been tougher on Russia than any other administration.

Critics have meanwhile used the report to claim, as Todd does, that the president is influenced by Putin and too hesitant to publicly go against him. 

Todd’s question was blasted as “disgraceful” on social media, with many shocked to see the anchor making such a bold presumption despite no direct evidence to support it.

“Chuck Todd can't let the Democrats' bogus Russia narrative end!”tweeted GOP rapid response director Steve Guest. 

“It’s almost as if there wasn’t a Mueller investigation with this kind of narrative still being pushed,” the Hill reporter Joe Concha added

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