Courtesy of WaPo:

U.S. officials have told Sen. Bernie Sanders that Russia is attempting to help his presidential campaign as part of an effort to interfere with the Democratic contest, according to people familiar with the matter.

President Trump and lawmakers on Capitol Hill also have been informed about the Russian assistance to the Vermont senator, those people said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence.

It is not clear what form that Russian assistance has taken. U.S. prosecutors found a Russian effort in 2016 to use social media to boost Sanders’s campaign against Hillary Clinton, part of a broader effort to hurt Clinton, sow dissension in the American electorate and ultimately help elect Donald Trump.

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The disclosure of Russian assistance to Sanders follows a briefing to lawmakers last week in which a senior intelligence official said that Russia wants to see Trump reelected, viewing his administration as more favorable to the Kremlin’s interests, according to people who were briefed on the comments.

In that closed hearing for the House Intelligence Committee, lawmakers were also told that Sanders had been informed about Russia’s interference. The prospect of two rival campaigns both receiving help from Moscow appears to reflect what intelligence officials have previously described as Russia’s broader interest in sowing division in the United States and uncertainty about the validity of American elections.

I think it’s pretty clear at this time that Putin is convinced that Trump has the best chance of beating Bernie Sanders in the general, and I think that is likely accurate. 

However, I would also suggest that a Sanders win in the general would not disappoint Putin all that much either.

I’m not saying that Bernie is pro-Putin, there is no evidence to suggest that, however if Russia is counting on America remaining as partisan and conflicted as it is today, then Sanders is the obvious second choice. 

A Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, or Amy Klobachur would be able to inspire Americans to come together and bring back some sense of unity, not for everybody mind you, but for enough people to start making things run smoothly again. 

Bernie Sanders is an agent of chaos, and will only bring disharmony and conflict to the government that he attempts to establish. 

That works in the Kremlin’s favor as well, not quite as well as having a puppet in the White House, but enough to give them a glide path in their plan to replace America as the new superpower in the world.