Russian media expert Julia Davis frighteningly described the way Russian state media is reacting to President Donald Trump’s acquittal by Senate Republicans, and it looks like Trump will be even deeper in Vladimir Putin’s pocket.
Trump was acquitted in a rigged impeachment trial. But while being acquitted does not mean he has been exonerated, Russian state media certainly think Trump will be even more open to Putin’s global agenda, which includes destroying the United States.
“Having predicted this outcome for his impeachment trial, Russian experts and state media pundits are anticipating beneficial side effects for the Kremlin as Trump is more Trump—and more Russia’s Trump—than ever,” Davis wrote in a column for The Daily Beast.
“Dmitry Kiselyov, the host of Russia’s most popular Sunday news program Vesti Nedeli, said, “Democrats are openly raging, but while they’re licking their wounds, Trump can now objectively afford to pursue a more positive course of action towards Russia—just as he planned all along while being elected for the first term,” Davis continued.
Of course, what Kiselyov really means is that Trump can now feel free to kowtow to Russia all he wants without consequence because the GOP is just as beholden to him as he is to Putin, which means Trump will offer concessions to Russia such as lifting sanctions imposed on the country by the United States in protest of election interference in 2016 and illegally seizing the Crimea from Ukraine.
“Expecting concessions from Trump, the Russian state media are playing along with his agenda, attacking the Democrats, the Ukraine whistleblower, and impeachment witnesses,” Davis wrote.
Russian state media also praised Trump for retaliating against impeachment witnesses despite it being unlawful and unconstitutional.
“Vesti Nedeli described the ouster of the Vindman brothers as Trump “settling the scores” against those who dared to speak up against him,” Davis observed. “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.”
Trump is also free to help Putin pursue his global agenda at the United Nations.
For his part, Russian President Vladimir Putin created an opening for mutual cooperation when he proposed during his annual state-of-the-nation address that the five permanent members of the UN Security Council—the U.S., China, Russia, Britain and France—start convening together “in order to prevent global conflicts.”
Egorchenkov described the initiative as “ingenious” since this move would allow Trump to normalize relations with Russia under the guise of pursuing world peace.
TV host Soloviev suggested that Trump could “demonstrate goodwill” by immediately restoring the status of the closed Russian consulate and diplomatic annexes, shut down after the assassination attempt in the UK, and lifting the U.S. sanctions against Russia.
Ultimately, Putin’s plan includes sabotaging and destroying the United States, the only global power capable of standing in his way.
“On another gleeful note, political scientist Dmitry Evstafiev argued that “Trump might start to engage in McCarthyism, which will be the first step in the self-destruction of the American system,”” Davis concluded. “He predicted the disintegration of existing political institutions in the United States, prompted by Trump’s outright rejection of bipartisanship, which will be replaced by the authoritarian system he is striving to create.”
This is the consequence of Senate Republicans not having a spine. Of course, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have their own Russian connections that call into question their own loyalty to the United States.
But Russian state media is right. Senate Republicans just demonstrated that Trump can do whatever he wants and get away with it, even do Putin’s bidding and let the Russians attack the 2020 Election to rig it in his favor. This is a national emergency and constitutional crisis. And Republicans are the only ones to blame for it.
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