Fact Check: Beto O’Rourke Falsely Claims Putin ‘Invaded our Democracy’ in 2016

Breitbart | 6/26/2019 | Joshua Caplan
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Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) bizarrely claimed during the first 2020 Democrat presidential debate in Miami, Florida, that Russian president Vladimir Putin “attacked and invaded our democracy” during the 2016 election — an assertion at odds with the Mueller Report and made without any supporting evidence.

A partial transcript is as follows:

LESTER - HOLT - Voters - Country - Questions

LESTER HOLT: We asked voters from across the country to submit their questions for the candidates. Let me read one now. This comes from John in New York, who submitted this question. He asks: “Does the United States have a responsibility to protect in the case of genocide or crimes against humanity. Do we have a responsibility to intervene to protect people from their governments even when atrocities don’t event core American interests?” I’d like to direct that question to Congressman O’Rourke.

BETO O’ROURKE: The answer is yes. But that action should also be undertaken with allies and partners and friends. When the United States presents a united front, we have a much better chance at achieving our foreign policy and preventing the kind of genocide that we saw in Rwanda.

Administration - President - Trump - Allies - Alliances

But unfortunately, under this administration, President Trump has alienated our allies and alliances. He’s diminished our standing in the world and he’s made us weaker as a country, less able to confront challenges, whether it’s Iran, North Korea, or Vladimir Putin and Russia, who attacked and invaded our democracy in 2016, and who President...
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