Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
Fast Forward

Putin Suggests That Jews May Have Been Behind U.S. Election Interference

Vladimir Putin suggested that Jews may have been behind Russia’s documented efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election in an interview with Megyn Kelly Sunday night.

Putin’s comments came as he deflected blame for Russian interference in U.S. politics through social media and possible electronic voting machine hacking. He told Kelly he “couldn’t care less” about the 13 Russian nationals indicted last month for election interference by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into Donald Trump’s campaign.

“Maybe they are not even Russian,” Putin said of the indicted Russians. “Maybe they are Ukrainians. Tatars. Jews. Just with Russian citizenship. Even that needs to be checked.”

Putin’s words sparked a backlash on social media. The Anti-Defamation League’s Jonathan Greenblatt called the comments “deeply disturbing” and compared them to the classic anti-Semitic book “The Protocols Of the Elders of Zion.”

Contact Ari Feldman at [email protected] or on Twitter @aefeldman

Engage

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.