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Putin ally warns Americans: Vote for Trump or face nuclear war

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A Russian lawmaker and close ally of Vladimir Putin sent a message to American voters that they should vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump or be prepared to face a nuclear war.

In an interview with Reuters, Vladimir Zhirinovsky — who is known in some circles as the Russian Donald Trump because of his fiery rhetoric and extreme views — said that Trump is the only person who can defuse mounting tensions between Moscow and Washington.

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“Americans voting for a president on Nov. 8 must realize that they are voting for peace on Planet Earth if they vote for Trump,” Zhirinovsky said. “But if they vote for Hillary it’s war. It will be a short movie. There will be Hiroshimas and Nagasakis everywhere.”

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, said the veteran Russian lawmaker, could very well spark World War III.

In Russia, Zhirinovsky is considered to be something of a clownish figure, Reuters explained, and is known for making outrageous statements in order to draw attention to himself and keep his name in the news.

“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 during the interview, which took place in Zhirinovsky’s huge office on the 10th floor of Russian’s lower house of Parliament, the Duma.

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Russia is playing perhaps its biggest role in U.S. politics since the end of the Cold War in the 2016 election cycle. U.S. officials have blamed the Kremlin and Russian intelligence operatives for a series of hacks of Democratic Party computers and email systems.

Trump, at one campaign appearance, urged Russia to hack Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee’s private communications.

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said in July. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

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Trump warns media ‘treading in very dangerous territory’ for reporting bad poll numbers

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President Donald Trump hurled new warnings at the news media for reporting damaging stories and negative poll numbers.

The president's approval rating was measured at 43 percent by two new surveys by NBC/Wall Street Journal and Fox News, and polls continue to show him losing to various Democratic challengers.

Trump insisted Monday that his "new internal polls" show the strongest support he's had so far, and also complained that unfair media coverage kept his approval ratings low -- and he retweeted those claims with a new threat against the media.

The LameStream Media is far beyond Fake News, they are treading in very dangerous territory! https://t.co/J60JgSFhcx

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Ex-Obama speechwriter humiliates Ted Cruz for whining about NYT’s racism coverage

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