1/ Surely a coincidence that Putin is asked at the 22:30 mark of today’s interview whether the US election result is actually legitimate.
2/ “The legitimacy or illegitimacy of the authorities is first of all up to the Americans themselves”
3/ “[The legitimacy] of the election is an extremely important thing because upon that depends the trust of the people on both sides [of political system] toward their leadership.”
4/ “it’s clear to the whole world and to Americans themselves that the US electoral system has a [big] problem”
5/ Putin then goes on a tangent about flaws in the Electoral College and non-representative nature of the US political system.
6/ But the between the lines message from Putin is clear: @JoeBiden has a legitimacy problem that (cough, cough) Trump is right to be highlighting END

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