While some may view the Democrats' takeover of the US House of Representatives as a win over Republicans generally or US President Donald Trump personally, former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul seemed to see it as related to his biggest fixation: Russian President Vladimir Putin. Apparently, the former ambassador was so overwhelmed with emotion that he even began tweeting in Russian.
"Victory! Regards to VVP," he wrote after the midterms, referring to the Russian president by his initials, a form commonly used by Russian opposition groups.
Победа! Привет ВВП.— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) 7 ноября 2018 г.
Another post, responding to MSNBC Director Jesse Rodriguez's prediction of the Democrats' imminent takeover over of the House, simply said "Yes!" in Russian.
Given his personal history, it's little wonder that McFaul had his five minutes of fame after the election of Trump in 2016, when talk about alleged Russian meddling in the election was at its peak. However, during the midterm campaign in 2018, the Russian issue was for most part nonexistent — arguably, a signal of Democrats' realization that US citizens had grown tired of hearing the same talk over and over again with no real evidence. But some people, like the former ambassador, apparently, just don't know when to stop.
Therefore, it was little surprise that English-speaking Twitter users took the diplomat's tweets with an almost palpable frustration.
"Already drunk?" one commenter asked. "Say what now?" responded another.
Already drunk?— Stanislav Byshok (@SByshok) 7 ноября 2018 г.
Say what now??— Marie Davis (@Mariesatwit) 7 ноября 2018 г.
Others, however, came up with their own conspiracy theories, claiming that the omnipresent Putin actually intended for the Congress to end up split, as it would create even more chaos and division within the US.
"Divided house (country) is VVP goal. He has won," another comment read.
Divided house (coutry) is VVP goal. He has won.— Al Robin (@albernash) 7 ноября 2018 г.
Seriously? Lol. I guess he would be rooting for dems to have even more chaos in US internal politics, no?— Nikita (@CoffeeNiki) 7 ноября 2018 г.