Are voters who support Hillary Clinton in the presidential election putting the United States in danger of a nuclear war? Russian lawmaker Vladimir Zhirinovsky thinks so. He said this week that if Donald Trump does not become president, Americans can expect wars and bombings, Reuters reported Thursday.
Zhirinovsky, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, told Reuters Trump was the only one who could defuse the tension between the United States and Russia after the White House accused Russia of cyber attacks against Democratic lawmakers, including Clinton's supporters. "Relations between Russia and the United States can't get any worse. The only way they can get worse is if a war starts," he said.
Although viewed as a joke to many Russian people, Zhirinovsky is a political insider who has held a seat in the Russia State DUMA for over two decades. His strong values of the Kremlin Liberal Democratic Party of Russia has actually been used to float radical opinions and test out the public reaction.
He once suggested that the mostly Muslim southern part of Russia be blocked off with a barbed wire fencing, similar to Trump's idea for a wall between the United States and Mexico.
"Americans voting for a president on Nov. 8 must realize that they are voting for peace on Planet Earth if they vote for Trump. But if they vote for Hillary it's war. It will be a short movie. There will be Hiroshimas and Nagasakis everywhere," Zhirinovsky said.
Zhirinovsky said he is confident in Trump’s potential as a leader and believes he can even win a Nobel Peace Prize. "Trump will have a brilliant chance to make relations more peaceful ... He's the only one who can do this,” he said.
WikiLeaks released more private documents from Clinton's campaign this week. The Obama administration has accused Putin of being behind the leaks, but he has said Russia is not involved and has made no effort to influence the presidential election.
Trump is a big Putin fan and has said he is a better leader than President Barack Obama. “Certainly in that system, he’s been a leader, far more than our president has been,” he said in September.