Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton says President Donald Trump must have "guided" Russian efforts to help swing the 2016 presidential election in his favor.
The former secretary of state spoke at a tech conference in Silicon Valley on May 31 and said she believes Trump "colluded" with Russia during election, the Daily Mail reported. She also said that several fake news articles about her which circulated throughout social media during the election swung "low information voters" onto Trump's side.
Clinton cited "Pizzagate" as one of the fake news articles. The conspiracy claimed that Clinton ran a child sex-trafficking network in the basement of a Washington, D.C., pizza restaurant.
Clinton also spoke about the alleged Russian interference.
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"The Russians in my opinion -- and based on intelligence and counterintelligence people I have spoken to -- could not have known best how to weaponize that information unless they had been guided by a specific group of people. By Americans," Clinton said.
"How did they know what messages to deliver?" Clinton asked. "Who told them? Who were they colluding with?"
When asked who could have done the guiding, Clinton made a bold claim.
"Yes, I am leaning Trump. It is pretty hard not to," she said.
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Clinton said Russia helped spread fake news about her and that there were "1,000 Russian agents involved in delivering those messages."
"Some people were sucked in. Some people stayed home. Some people voted Trump," Clinton said. "You had counties that had voted for Obama and were not particularly keen about voting for Trump, but worried that I was going to jail, worried that I was, you know, running a child trafficking operation in the basement of a pizzeria.
"The kind of things that were in WikiLeaks -- you laugh, but people were obsessing over this stuff. Obsessing over it.
"And you put yourself in the position of a low-information voter, and all of a sudden your Facebook feed, your Twitter account is saying, 'Oh my gosh, Hillary Clinton is running a child trafficking operation in Washington with John Podesta!'
"Well, you don't believe it, but this has been such an unbelievable election. You kinda go, 'Oh, maybe I'd better look into that.'"
Clinton called on Facebook to do more about the fake news circulating throughout their network. "They've got to curate the news more effectively," Clinton said. "They've got to help prevent fake news from creating a new reality."
Trump appeared unfazed by Clinton's accusations. He took to Twitter later that day to respond.
"Crooked Hillary Clinton now blames everybody but herself, refuses to say she was a terrible candidate," the president tweeted. "Hits Facebook & even Dems & DNC."