How is it that everyone in America is skeptical of Russia’s intentions except the very people who for decades have had the most jaundiced view of the country?
Now we have a pr*sident who openly favors Vladimir Putin at the expense of Ukraine, and they’re actively attempting to cover up our rascally Russian agent’s crimes.
Julia Davis, a Russia media analyst who does a superb job of monitoring Russian broadcasts, has another eye-opening dispatch at The Daily Beast. And it’s a doozy.
In short, the world is laughing at us — and no one is laughing harder than Russia.
Shortly after Giuliani’s return to the U.S., Russian state television started airing video clips of his OAN “documentary.” Giuliani’s efforts on behalf of President Trump are bound to pay propaganda dividends for the Kremlin. https://t.co/a0W4W8PtA0
My latest for @thedailybeast
— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) December 16, 2019
Sometimes a picture doesn’t have to be worth a thousand words. Just a few will do. As Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov returned home from his visit with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office last week, Russian state media was gloating over the spectacle. TV channel Rossiya 1 aired a segment entitled “Puppet Master and ‘Agent’—How to Understand Lavrov’s Meeting With Trump.”
Vesti Nedeli, a Sunday news show on the same network, pointed out that it was Trump, personally, who asked Lavrov to pose standing near as Trump sat at his desk. It’s almost the literal image of a power behind the throne.
Davis notes that Russia is still tickled pink that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hasn’t had a White House meeting with Trump, and writes that Russian TV programs “constantly reiterate that Trump doesn’t care about Ukraine and gave Putin no reasons to even contemplate concessions in the run-up to the recent Normandy Four summit in Paris.”
State-television news shows use every opportunity to demoralize the Ukrainians with a set of talking points based on the U.S. president’s distaste for their beleaguered country. The host of Who’s Against on Rossiya-1, Dmitry Kulikov, along with pro-Kremlin guests, took repeated jabs at the Ukrainian panelist, boasting about the meeting between Trump and Lavrov.
“There are no disagreements or contradictions between Trump and Russia,” argued Valery Korovin, director of the Center for Geopolitical Expertise, appearing on the state-television channel Rossiya-24. Korovin insisted that the Democrats in Congress are the main antagonists in the relationship between Russia and the United States.
Meanwhile, the Russians are apparently enjoying the impeachment spectacle, certain that the proceedings won’t remove their mole from the White House, while also confident that the ordeal is splitting our country apart and driving a wedge between the U.S. and Ukraine.
Then again, being a plaster-skulled, gormless dupe has its disadvantages. The hosts of one Russian television program have a grim prognosis for Trump:
Appearing on Sunday Evening With Vladimir Soloviev, Mikhail Gusman, first deputy director general of ITAR-TASS, Russia’s oldest and largest news agency, predicted: “Sooner or later, the Democrats will come back into power. The next term or the term after that, it doesn’t matter… I have an even more unpleasant forecast for Trump. After the White House, he will face a very unhappy period.”
The host, Vladimir Soloviev, smugly asked: “Should we get another apartment in Rostov ready?” Soloviev’s allusion was to the situation of Viktor Yanukovych, former president of Ukraine, who was forced to flee to Russia in 2014 and settled in the city of Rostov-on-Don.
Of course, as Davis notes, the GOP’s wild and long-debunked conspiracy theory about Ukraine interfering in the 2016 election — a theory that Trump’s Silly Putty brain has eagerly wrapped itself around — play right into Putin’s hands. As Putin famously remarked last month, “Thank God no one is accusing us of interfering in the U.S. elections anymore. Now they’re accusing Ukraine.”
And there you have it. Protecting Trump is the same as protecting Putin and Russia and, in the meantime, throwing Ukraine under the bus.
That’s not a crazy conspiracy theory. It’s what the Russians themselves will tell you.
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