Russia is making no bones about two things: 1. Donald Trump is their man, and 2. Of course they’re interfering in the 2020 election and unabashedly so, because we’re so stupid. Daily Beast:
Appearing on The Evening With Vladimir Soloviev in March 2019, Karen Shakhnazarov, CEO of Mosfilm Studio, noted: “They say Trump is making Russia great. That’s basically accurate… The chaos brought by Trump into the American system of government is weakening the United States… So when they say that Trump is weakening the United States—yes, he is. And that’s why we love him… The more problems they have, the better it is for us.”
Russia can’t wait to see their main guy reelected and this time they’re going about matters more cleverly than before. it will come as no surprise to you that the war we’re fighting is the War on Truth and not at all about policies or ideas.
… Boris Yakemenko, one of the chief architects of the pro-Kremlin youth movement Nashi, asserted that World War III between the United States and Russia is already in progress and is playing out in social media.
This fits with the reported conclusions of the U.S. intelligence community that “the Russians have been preparing—and experimenting—for the 2020 election… They have made more creative use of Facebook and other social media. Rather than impersonating Americans as they did in 2016, Russian operatives are working to get Americans to repeat disinformation.”
The task of getting Americans to repeat the Kremlin’s talking points is an easy errand from the standpoint of the Russian state media. Back in 2017, Margarita Simonyan, editor-in-chief of Russia’s state-controlled broadcaster RT (formerly Russia Today), described Americans as poorly educated and ignorant. Simonyan concluded: “They’ll believe anything!”
The Russian state-operated news agency RIA Novosti recently noted that suspension of disbelief is easy, since “only one in six Americans can find Ukraine on the map, only one in four can find Iran, and about a quarter of American voters aged 24 to 35 are not sure that the Earth is round.”
This is the state of play in 2020 when Russia takes credit for electing the Current Occupant and they’re strutting their stuff about it, as they plan for his reelection. Russia is touting itself as,“the country that ‘organized Brexit’ and ‘elected Trump’— is [therefore] by definition “a global hegemon.” And who helped Russia organize Brexit? The Koch brothers and Cambridge Analytica. Cambridge Analytica also helped Facebook elect Trump. And just in the past few days, Trump has taken action to weaken the intelligence community by nominating the controversial and utterly unqualified Richard Grenell to oversee all 17 agencies — purportedly with an eye to defuse election security. Undoubtedly they’re guffawing over that one in Mother Russia. We need to save ourselves, and stat.