Hillary Feared Russians Would Poison Her by Trump Handshake

Hillary Feared Russians Would Poison Her by Trump Handshake

September 29, 2022

The 2016 campaign staffers for failed presidential candidate and corrupt Saul Alinsky acolyte Hillary Clinton were so paranoid they thought the Russians would try to poison her via a handshake with her opposing candidate for president, Donald Trump, at one of their debates, according to a book coming out next week.

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman writes in Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America that senior advisers to Clinton actually believed that Trump would engage in some kind of secret plot with the Russians to deliver a poison to her via handshake before the third debate in 2016.

This farce is like something out of the comedy flick The Interview, in which an entertainment show host set to interview a fictional Kim Jong-Un is approached by U.S. intelligence agents and taught to try to poison him during a handshake.

“During preparations for the third debate, Clinton’s team was disrupted by a warning from the husband of Senator Dianne Feinstein, who said he had been told that Russians might try to poison Clinton through a handshake with Trump, to inflict a dramatic health episode during the debate,” writes Haberman, who notes that Hillary herself “did not take it seriously,” but that Ron Klain—now President Joe Biden’s White House chief of staff who was helping Hillary prepare for the debate—“wondered how Trump would poison Clinton but not himself.”

“Her communications director, Jennifer Palmieri, took the prospect seriously enough to check it out; the warning turned out to be mere speculation from a historian with no knowledge of Russian plans,” Haberman adds.

As it turned out, there was no handshake between Hillary and Trump during that third debate.

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