GOP: The Grand Old Putin?

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John de Plume
November 25, 2019

We know that Russia meddled in the 2016 Presidential elections for the purpose of sowing doubt about our system and helping Donald Trump win.  Virtually all of the U.S. intelligence agencies have said so.  The Senate Intelligence Committee has said so.  Numerous career State Department employees, or former employees, have testified to this in the impeachment inquiry.

However, Donald Trump and the Republican Party are not willing to accept these facts, and instead cling to the debunked conspiracy theory of Ukraine involvement in the 2016 U.S. elections (aka Crowdstrike).  They continue to go down the rabbit hole that former Presidential advisor Fiona Hill warned them to avoid.  Devon Nunes purportedly met secretly with disgraced former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Victor Shokin, in Vienna late last year, in an effort to dig up dirt on Joe Biden and bolster the conspiracy theory.  Trump went on Fox “News” on November 22nd to regurgitate the Crowdstrike conspiracy theory, in typical Trump style.

In 2010, Viktor Yanukovych became president of Ukraine.  Yanukovych headed a Russian backed political party, the Party of Regions.  Paul Manafort, who was Trump’s campaign chief from May to August 2016, spent nearly a decade as a consultant to Viktor Yanukovych and the Party of Regions.  Manafort, now serving a 7 ½ year term in a Manhattan prison, also earned millions doing private business deals with some of the oligarchs backing the party.

The Party of Regions acted in the interest of the Kremlin by working to undermine Ukrainian sovereignty, opposing NATO membership, and spouting anti-Western rhetoric.  The Yanukovych regime, which was thought to have links to organized crime, was plagued by corruption.  On February 22, 2014, the Parliament voted to impeach Yanukovych.  Simultaneously, both he and former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov fled to Russia.

It used to be that the Republican Party had the same attitude toward Russia as the Democrats.  The same attitude that our intelligence services do.  That Putin is an adversary, and is engaged in a critical power struggle with America and the NATO Alliance.  It used to be that the Republican Party would never consider accepting election help from a foreign government, let alone one that was a U.S. adversary.

How things have changed.  The Republican Party and its funding arm, the National Rifle Association, have increasingly aligned themselves with Vladimir Putin.  According to a Gallup poll from July 2018, the number of Republicans who consider Russia an ally has doubled since 2014.  We can now say that there is a Russian-backed political party in the U.S. – the GOP or Grand Old Putin.  They are, increasingly, an American version of the Party of Regions, complete with a thoroughly corrupt leader.

We know why Russian wants to have a Kremlin backed political party in the U.S.  Why is the reverse true?  Donald Trump, Moscow Mitch, Devon Nunez, et. al. find common ground with the Kremlin for a number of reasons.  Number one, they know from experience that Russia can and will help them win.  And, they know there are no real barriers to them accepting such help.  Number two, Russia is ruled largely by white people and is engaged in a struggle with its Muslim minority.  Number three, the Russian government is misogynistic, gay-hating, and ruled by the wealthy – Republican love rich folks.  I believe that Putin’s wealth is one of the main facets of Trump’s man crush on Putin.

It’s a sad state of affairs when an American political party abandons its principles in the name of racial resentment and naked power grabbing.  It will be an even sadder state of affairs if they get away with it.

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