It will come as no surprise that the senate acquittal of Donald Trump, along with news of the National Security Council being gutted, comes as happy news to Russian TV, who is busy crowing “Trump forever!” and asking “Is America finished?” Oh yes, Trump’s their boy, now so more than ever. Daily Beast:
Pundits on Vladimir Soloviev’s show appeared practically giddy about Trump’s acquittal and the retaliatory onslaught that followed. “Trump pulled out a machine gun and started to purge everyone who ever said a bad word about him,” exclaimed Dmitry Egorchenkov, director of the Institute for Strategic Studies and Forecasts, “because in his mythologized world, he is now a superhero.”
Egorchenkov compared the copy of The Washington Post that Trump held up for the world to see to “the severed head of his dead enemy. He couldn’t show off the head of [Joe] Biden, so he was holding up The Washington Post instead.” (He also held up other papers, including USA Today, but the Post was the grand prize.)
Russian experts previously anticipated that the reset in U.S. relations with Russia would have to wait until Trump’s second term in office. But Egorchenkov opined that in his mind, Trump already won re-election, which is why the new ambassador to the Russian Federation, John J. Sullivan, arrived with a mandate to improve relations with Russia.
Improving relations with Russia is always the game plan with Trump. He skips to Putin’s tune and will attend Victory Day celebrations in Moscow, at Vladimir Putin’s invitation.
Appearing on Sunday Evening With Vladimir Soloviev, politician Sergey Stankevich asserted, “Donald Trump has to come to Moscow in May, no doubt about it. He is obligated to be here.”
Absolutely. It’s a command performance by Dictator Putin to his protege, one certainly doesn’t expect Trump to miss it. What’s tragic about all this, is that people who have watched democracies crumble before their eyes are seeing the same pattern taking place now in America.
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Anne Applebaum remarked last week after a visit to Venezuela, “I observed, from Caracas, the finale of the impeachment trial, Romney’s last stand, the firing of civil servants. All around me, people nodded wearily: Yes, they said, we’ve seen this before… Venezuela is not the U.S., Trump is not a Bolivarian socialist like [the late Hugo] Chavez, of course everything is different,” she said. “But it is amazing how familiar Trump’s behavior seemed to people who had lived through the decline of their own democracy.”
“All of the elements were there,” Applebaum wrote: “The strongman who made people laugh, who seemed authentic, ‘different,’ the appeal to fear and anger, and the hatred of ‘elites.’ Also, the fact that everyone saw what was happening and described it, in real time. Brilliant academics, excellent journalists—they all knew that the dictatorship was expanding, that Chavez’s personal power was growing. But they couldn’t stop it.”
This is sobering, to say the least. To Trump himself, this is all an exercise in fanfare, fame, and most of all television, because he doesn’t see the larger implications. And the GOP is playing deaf, dumb and blind to it all and enabling it. Once again, all roads lead to stopping this on November 3. Get Out The Vote is the only answer to this continually unfolding horror — or we may be just the latest great empire to fall.