Putin doesn’t want to read Hillary Clinton’s damn memoir (he already read her emails, after all)
On Tuesday, “What Happened” — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s personal (and painfully depressing) recounting of the tragic 2016 presidential election — officially hit bookstores and millions of people have had their noses crammed into their tablets ever since. But don’t expect to see Vladimir Putin’s thinning dome peeking out over the top of the cover any time soon: on Wednesday, the Russian news agency TASS confirmed that Vlad has absolutely no plans to read it.
When asked about Clinton’s political tell-all, and whether her accusations that the Russian president has a personal vendetta against her were true, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov gave a very short answer: “No.” According to TASS:
“The Russian presidential spokesman pointed out that he had heard about the book. In response to a question as to whether the Russian president had a wish to get acquainted with the memoir, Peskov answered in the negative.”
On the other side of the world, Donald Trump couldn’t help himself from sending a thinly veiled subtweet about the book at just about the same time it dropped. To be fair, much of the book is about #45, and Clinton did say how he made her skin crawl. (Same.) She also calls him a “clear and present danger to the country and the world” — a statement she reiterated on Tuesday while appearing on the “Pod Save America” podcast, adding that, “I think Trump, left to his own devices, unchecked, would become even more authoritarian than he has tried to be.”
While Trump has almost certainly already received the full bullet points of all the shade Clinton throws his way in her memoir, I will actually believe it if the president says that he hasn’t read the book. Because he has neither the attention span nor the comprehension level to read anything that doesn’t have pictures.
As for Putin: I’m sure his spokesperson is being honest that he has no interest in reading the book. After all, he has already pored through Hillary’s emails. Who reads the Cliffs Notes when you’ve already torn through the unedited first draft with a highlighter?