A close friend to Russia’s president Vladimir Putin, has advised Americans to vote wisely in their November 8 presidential election. The controversial Russian lawmaker named Vladimir Zhirinovsky, says Donald Trump is the right candidate, adding that a win for Mrs Hillary Clinton will be considered an open invitation to World War III.
Image: Vladimir Zhirinovsky
Zhirinovsky says the growing tension between Russia and the US can only calm down if Trump is elected President of the United States of America.
Worthy of note is the fact that Mr Zhirinovsky, a veteran politician who has participated in five presidential elections, is known in Russia as an outspoken and fame-seeking rascal.
The 70-year-old is neither loved nor respected among his countrymen. Therefore, his voice is not that of the Kremlin.
Zhirinovsky is the founder and long-standing leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia.
However, according to a report from Daily Mail, “he [Zhirinovsky] is also viewed as a faithful servant of the Kremlin who is sometimes used to float radical opinions to test public reaction”.
“Relations between Russia and the United States can’t get any worse. The only way they can get worse is if a war starts,” said Mr Zhirinovsky.
“Americans voting for a president must realize they are voting for peace on planet Earth if they vote for Trump. But if they vote for Hillary, it’s war. There will be Hiroshimas and Nagasakis everywhere.
He continued: “Victory for Trump would be a gift to humanity. But if Hillary Clinton wins she will be the last US president ever.”
Mr Zhirinovsky referred to Mrs Clinton as unfit for the US presidency, making reference to the alleged lies she told while in office as Secretary of State.
“He [Trump] won’t care about Syria, Libya and Iraq, and why on earth should America interfere in these countries? Trump will have a brilliant chance to make relations more peaceful. He’s the only one who can do this,” said Mr Zhirinovsky, who added that it won’t be a surprise of Mr Trump wins a Nobel peace prize.
“She craves power. Her view is that Hillary is the most important person on the planet, that America is an exceptional country,” said Zhirinovsky. “That’s dangerous. She could start a nuclear war.”
Zhirinovsky is often viewed as something of a clown. He’s also seen as Russia’s public assessment tool, most useful in confrontational statements against nations and world bodies.
His campaign slogan during Russia’s 2012 campaign was “Vote Zhirinovsky, or things will get worse”.
The presidential aspirant was lucky enough to secure fourth position with a total 6.22% of the votes, behind Prokhorov, who received 7.94%. At least, No one said he’s the most hated Russian ever.
In 2002, Zhirinovsky met Trump in New York and their relationship has since blossomed to a point that he once said he wants a DNA test to see if he is related to US Republic candidate.
Britannica says Zhirinovsky’s personal history is vague, unknown, or disputed. He left his hometown at age 18 to attend Moscow State University, where he studied Turkish and other languages.
After graduating about 1969, he went to work as a translator in Turkey, but he was expelled under murky circumstances eight months later.