Without offering any evidence, Obama’s former National Security Adviser Susan Rice suggested that Russia might be involved in funding the protests taking place throughout the country.
“I would bet based on my experience, I’m not reading the intelligence these days but Based on my experience, this is right out of the Russian playbook as well. But we can’t allow the the extremists, the foreign actors, to distract from the real problems we have in this country.”
Rice later added “I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that they are funding it in some way, shape or form.”
Absolutely Incredible: Obama's Former NSA Susan Rice on CNN talking about the protests and domestic strife
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Violent protests and looting have erupted in multiple U.S. cities over the death of Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, in Minneapolis. Video footage showed Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly 10 minutes prior to his death. Chauvin was arrested Friday and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Looting and rioting has ensued across the U.S. in the wake of Floyd’s tragic death. At least three people have been fatally shot during protests in Oakland, Indianapolis and Detroit.
Rice also pushed the unfounded theory that white supremacists and right-wing groups are behind some of the social discord.
“To designate antifa a terrorist organization, fine, but let’s also focus on the right-wing terrorists supremacists he called in the past very fine people. We have a problem here, Wolf,” she said.
That idea gained traction on Saturday, when government officials in Minnesota asserted that right-wing groups were responsible for most of the violence in Minneapolis.
“We are now confronting white supremacists, members of organized crime, out of state instigators, and possibly even foreign actors to destroy and destabilize our city and our region,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said on Saturday.