American democracy is “limping on both feet,” a senior Russian lawmaker said Thursday – a day after a violent mob loyal to President Trump stormed the US Capitol in a last-ditch effort to overturn the election.
Konstantin Kosachyov, chairman of the Russian upper house’s foreign affairs committee, said the chaos that unfolded in Washington, DC, showed that the US had no right to lecture other countries on democracy, Agence France-Presse reported.
“The losing side has more than enough grounds to accuse the winner of falsifications — it is clear that American democracy is limping on both feet,” Kosachyov wrote on Facebook.
“The celebration of democracy has ended. It has, unfortunately, hit rock bottom, and I say this without a hint of gloating,” he added. “America no longer charts the course and so has lost all right to set it. And, even more so, to impose it on others.”
Russian state media showed images of rioters breaking down barricades and swarming the building, as security forces fired tear gas and law enforcement officers drew guns inside.
Ashli Babbitt, a US Air Force vet and Trump supporter from California, was shot dead by Capitol Police a day after she tweeted how “nothing will stop us” and “the storm is here.”
Moscow has long bristled at criticism from the US about the state of Russian democracy under strongman Vladimir Putin, accusing Washington of hypocrisy and condescension.
With Russians celebrating Orthodox Christmas on Thursday there was no immediate reaction from the Kremlin or Foreign Ministry, but pro-Kremlin lawmakers jumped on the violent unrest.
“The United States certainly cannot now impose electoral standards on other countries and claim to be the world’s ‘beacon of democracy,’” Leonid Slutsky, the foreign affairs chief in the lower house, told local news outets.
He said Washington was suffering after having promoted “color revolutions” around the globe, including anti-Moscow uprisings in Ukraine and Georgia and the recent protests in Belarus.
“The boomerang of the color revolutions is turning back on the United States,” Slutsky said. “All this threatens to turn into a crisis in the American system of power.”
Anton Gorelkin, a lawmaker on the lower house telecommunications committee, praised Twitter and Facebook for suspending Trump’s accounts, according to AFP.
“Social networks must work under strict rules within a legal framework. Because absolute freedom of information is becoming a weapon in the hands of extremists,” he said in a post on his Telegram channel.