Saturday was the first of April, making it “April Fools Day.” Russia, not normally known for being humorous, played a hilarious joke on the Democratic party amid all of the controversy.
The Russian Foreign Ministry posted an audio file on its Facebook page showcasing their new switchboard message when someone calls the agency.
The audio message begins with, “You have reached the Russian Embassy. Your call is very important to us.”
“To arrange a call from a Russian diplomat to your political opponent, press 1,” the recording says in both English and Russian.
Callers are then instructed to “press 2” if they want to use “the services of Russian hackers.”
If callers want to speak with someone surrounding “election interference,” they are instructed to “press 3.”
A majority of people understand this is a joke meant to provide levity to the situation, but that didn’t stop The Associated Press from reporting that the recording was in fact meant to be a joke.
The allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election are very serious. While we do have proof that Russia was, in part, trying to hack our elections to favor one candidate over another, it’s still a strong reach to prove their attempts had any major impact.
Most do not dispute that Russian allegations are very serious and that we should investigate them thoroughly to ensure our country is protected from all foreign agents.
But polling shows that almost 60 percent of Americans believe that “Russian attempts” to influence the election using cyber-attacks “had no effect” on the outcome of the election.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday spoke publicly about many – primarily the Democratic party – in the United States criticizing Russia for tampering with the election.
Putin called the accusations of election interference “endless and groundless,” according to a report by CBS News.
“Do we want to completely cut relations? Putin said. “Do we want to bring the situation to what it was during the Cuban Missile Crisis of the 1960’s?”