Interviewed on May 31 at a media and technology conference hosted by Recode, former secretary of state and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton “spoke at length about Russian involvement in the 201 [presidential] contest,” according to a New York Times report. “How did they know what messages to deliver?” Clinton asked. “Who told them? Who were they coordinating with, or colluding with?”
By adding colluding to coordinating, Clinton wasn’t being merely alliterative: She was giving her speculation a sinister cast. To collude is to enter into “a secret agreement for purposes of trickery or fraud”; synonyms for collusion include chicanery, intrigue, and deceit.
And Clinton wasn’t the only person invoking collusion recently. Collusion has appeared in the New York Times more than 50 times in the last week alone – all in connection with the investigations into Russian influence on the Trump campaign and administration. And many participants in the March for Truth, which took place in many U.S. cities on June 3, carried signs asking for an independent commission to investigate collusion between the White House and Russia.
From the Chicago March for Truth, via Josefa C on Twitter.