Putin: Dems 'need to learn to lose with dignity’

Putin: Dems 'need to learn to lose with dignity’
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Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Friday dismissed a question about whether his nation interfered with the U.S. presidential election, instead ripping Democratic leaders for blaming their loss on Russia.

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“Democrats are losing on every front and looking for people to blame everywhere,” Putin said during his annual press conference in Moscow, according to The Washington Post. “They need to learn to lose with dignity.”

Putin pointed to Republican wins in Congress and asked, “Did we do that, too?”

He credited President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpO’Malley tells Dems not to fear Trump Right way and wrong way Five things to know about the elephant trophies controversy MORE’s win to his ability to understand “the mood of the people.”

The Russian leader also suggested the election interference “unveiled true information” about the Democratic Party, which was proved by the ousting of Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

“The most important thing is the gist of the information that hackers provided to the public,” he said, according to Agence France Presse

“What is the best evidence that the hackers unveiled true information?” he asked. “That after the hackers showed how public opinion is manipulated inside the Democratic Party … the chief of the Democratic National Committee quit.”

Putin said that instead of apologizing after the email leaks, “they started to shout about who initiated the hack attacks.

“Does that really matter?”

Putin and Russian officials have denied allegations that they purposely interfered with the presidential election to help Trump win.

A spokesman for Putin called the allegations “absurd,” according to a report by a Russian news agency on Thursday.

"It is absolutely absurd — all those tales about cyberattacks by Russians, absolute tales,” Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, said.