‘Hardball’ Panelist: Putin Did What Gorbachev and Castro Couldn’t with ‘Coup’ of U.S. Gov't

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<p>Appearing as a guest on Wednesday&rsquo;s <em>Hardball</em>, The Root political editor Jason Johnson told his fellow MSNBC panelists that Russian President Vladimir Putin was the biggest winner of 2016 because he succeeded where Mikhail Gorbachev and the late Fidel Castro couldn&rsquo;t in<strong> &ldquo;[taking] over the United States&rdquo; </strong>via a<strong> &ldquo;coup&rdquo; </strong>through <strong>&ldquo;Manchurian candidate&rdquo;</strong> Donald Trump.&nbsp;</p>

<p><strong>&ldquo;Biggest winner? Vladimir Putin. He did it. He did it. He did what Gorbachev couldn&#39;t do, what Castro couldn&#39;t do. He basically took over the United States and got himself a Manchurian candidate and that is something no other Russian leader has been able to do,&rdquo; </strong>Johnson explained.</p>

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