So I have two questions: Is that message simple enough for the American people to grasp, and will it fit on the side of a Daytona 500 race car? Because I don’t really see the mainstream media connecting the dots for people who still don’t understand that Trump is just a glutinous sack of gooey id that Putin has wheedled and bribed into obeisance. I can almost see Chuck Todd on Meet the Press now: “Yes, the Republican Party would hand Western liberal democracy over to bad-faith foreign actors who are currently committing outrageous war crimes against their neighbor, but look what Whole Foods is charging for asparagus water. How does this affect Democrats’ chances of holding the House in November?”
In case anyone is still unsure about Putin’s hopes and dreams for America, Russia media analyst Julia Davis has helpfully laid it out for us. In a recent Daily Beast column, Davis notes that Putin’s mouthpieces in Russian state media are all but salivating over the prospect of a second Trump administration.
Last week, American intelligence officials reportedly assessed that Russian President Vladimir Putin may use the Biden administration’s support for Ukraine as a pretext to order a new campaign to interfere in U.S. elections. Though AP reported that “it is not yet clear which candidates Russia might try to promote or what methods it might use,” Russian state media seem to be in agreement that former U.S. President Donald Trump remains Moscow’s candidate of choice.
Hmm. Well, I don’t know much, but I know at least one thing: If Halfwit Hitler wants Donald Trump back in office to, among other things, pull the U.S. out of NATO, maybe Americans of every political stripe should work to prevent that from ever happening. Sadly, only Democrats appear ready and willing to resist Putin’s loftiest ambitions.
In March, Russian state TV host Evgeny Popov said the time had come “to again help our partner Trump to become president.” Well, Putin’s propagandists haven't changed their mind about that, but they have added a new wrinkle.
“We’re trying to feel our way, figuring out the first steps. What can we do in 2023, 2024?,” Russian “Americanist” Malek Dudakov, a political scientist specializing in the U.S., said. He suggested that Russia’s interference in the upcoming elections is still in its early stages, and that more will be accomplished after the war is over and frosty relations between the U.S. and Russia start to warm up. “When things thaw out and the presidential race for 2024 is firmly on the agenda, there’ll be moments we can use,” he added. “The most banal approach I can think of is to invite Trump—before he announces he’s running for President—to some future summit in liberated Mariupol.”
Really? That’s your plan, Russia? Well, you probably shouldn’t have shelled the Mariupol Hooters then.
Dmitry Drobnitsky, an omnipresent “Americanist” on Soloviev’s show, suggested that Tulsi Gabbard should be invited along with Trump. Dudakov agreed: “Tulsi Gabbard would also be great. Maybe Trump will take her as his vice-president?” Gabbard has recently become a fixture of state television for her pro-Russian talking points, and has even been described as a “Russian agent” by the Kremlin’s propaganda machine.
Ah, yes, Tulsi Gabbard. The “Russian agent” Democrats almost universally rejected when she ran for president in 2020. Why is it that we send Putin’s comrades packing while Republicans send them to Washington?
In fact, Dudakov went much further, suggesting that Russia needs to capitalize on America’s widening political divisions in order to weaken our resolve against their aggression.
“With Europe, economic wars should take priority,” Dudakov said. “With America, we should be working to amplify the divisions and—in light of our limited abilities—to deepen the polarization of American society. … The main elections are further ahead and preparations for those are already underway.”
He went on: “There is a horrific polarization of society in the United States, very serious conflicts between the Democrats and Republicans that keep expanding. You’ve already mentioned that America is a dying empire—and most empires weren’t conquered, they were destroyed from within. The same fate likely awaits America in the near decade. That’s why, when all the processes are thawed, Russia might get the chance to play on that.”
So the same guy who wants to destroy our country “from within” also wants Donald Trump to win back the presidency in 2024—and Moscow Mitch McConnell is totally on board with that if Trump wins the GOP primary, which he likely will if he chooses to run.
Maybe, just maybe, if you care about democracy and freedom here and abroad, you should stop fantasizing about Donald Trump’s return. And maybe we all should take concrete steps to prevent it from ever happening.
Just a thought.
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