An influential and bombastic Russian lawmaker, widely viewed as an ally of President Vladimir Putin, says Americans should vote for Donald Trump to avoid nuclear war.
“Americans voting for a president on Nov. 8 must realize that they are voting for peace on Planet Earth if they vote for Trump,” Vladimir Zhirinovsky told Reuters. “But if they vote for Hillary, it’s war. It will be a short movie. There will be Hiroshimas and Nagasakis everywhere.”
Zhirinovsky is the head of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, the third largest group in the country’s parliament, or duma. He is a close ally of Putin and viewed as something of a spokesman for the Kremlin.
“Victory for Trump would be a gift to humanity,” Zhirinovsky said. “But if Hillary Clinton wins it will be the last U.S. president ever.”
The ‘Donald Trump of Russia’
Putin has used Zhirinovsky  to make statements that are too radical or controversial for a sitting leader in the past, Reuters reported. Zhirinovsky is a nationalist who has been labeled the “Donald Trump of Russia” by some reporters because he likes to compare himself to Trump.
Zhirinovsky fears that Hillary Clinton will start a nuclear war if she is elected.
“She craves power,” Zhirinovsky said. “Her view is that Hillary is the most important person on the planet, that America is an exceptional country. That’s dangerous. She could start a nuclear war.”
Zhirinovsky also thinks that Trump would be a peacemaker as president.
“Trump will have a brilliant chance to make relations more peaceful,” he said, adding that Trump even could win a Nobel peace prize. “He’s the only one who can do this.”
Relations between the U.S. and Russia are already poor, Zhirinovsky said.
“He (Trump) won’t care about Syria, Libya and Iraq and why on earth should America interfere in these countries?” Zhirinovsky added. “And Ukraine. Who needs Ukraine?”
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