August 19, 2016

Paul Manafort may be gone, but that's not a leading indicator that his candidate will change much about how he's running his campaign. After all, when you're an "unwitting puppet" of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the strings can always be pulled.

Robby Mook, Clinton's campaign manager, sent out this statement earlier today along with the video above.

"Paul Manafort’s resignation is a clear admission that the disturbing connections between Donald Trump's team and pro-Kremlin elements in Russia and Ukraine are untenable. But this is not the end of the story. It’s just the beginning," Mook wrote.

"You can get rid of Manafort, but that doesn't end the odd bromance Trump has with Putin. Trump still has to answer serious questions hovering over his campaign given his propensity to parrot Putin’s talking points, the roster of advisers like Carter Page and Mike Flynn with deep ties to Russia, the recent Russian government hacking and disclosure of Democratic Party records, and reports that Breitbart published articles advocating pro-Kremlin positions on Ukraine."

"It's also time for Donald Trump to come clean on his own business dealings with Russian interests, given recent news reports about his web of deep financial connections to business groups with Kremlin ties.”

Which of course, he won't.

Is this the weirdest election ever? Who ever thought we'd be pointing at the Republican candidate for President of the United States and wondering how deeply he's tied to Russia?

80 days left of this. We're all going to need each other to get through it.

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