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    US Netizens Take Ex-Senator's Joke About 'Russian Help' in Election Too Far

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    Scott Wagner, a former Pennsylvania senator who is the GOP's candidate for state governor against incumbent Democrat Tom Wolf, was lambasted by the humorless left for joking that the Russian government would help him win in the November election.

    The Republican candidate for governor of Pennsylvania joked with supporters that the Russian government would help him win in the November election. 

    "By the way, the Russians are going to help me with Tom Wolf," Scott Wagner said to an audience in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania in a tape provided by the Pennsylvania Democratic Party to Huffington Post. "If I have to use Paul Manafort, I will," he added, referring to Donald Trump's former campaign manager, who faces money laundering and tax evasion charges resulting from the FBI probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election. 

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    A Wagner campaign spokesman said that the Republican nominee was "obviously joking when he made those comments."

    Plenty of people, however, apparently took the joke too seriously, calling it a "disgrace" and for the candidate to be boycotted.

    Last month, Special Counsel Mueller accused 12 Russian intelligence officers of interfering in the 2016 vote.

    Charges include creating fake online accounts, conspiring to hack organizations involved in administering elections, hacking Democrats and using malware to steal personal data. The Kremlin called the indictments a "shameful farce," while the White House argued that they showed no evidence of collusion.

    This came amid an ongoing FBI inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and the Trump campaign's collusion with Russia. Moscow has been accused of hacking Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton's emails and trying to sway the vote in favor of Republican candidate Donald Trump. Both Trump and the Kremlin have repeatedly denied the allegations, claiming that no evidence of collusion has been provided so far.


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