In the wake of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to the Oval Office last week, Russian state TV aired a segment titled “Puppet Master and ‘Agent’—How to Understand Lavrov’s Meeting With Trump” and characterized the visit as an example of President Trump being subservient to Russian interests. As The Daily Beast’s Julia Davis points out, “President Vladimir Putin’s propaganda brigades enjoy watching the heightened divisions in the United States, and how it hurts relations between the U.S. and Ukraine.”
That enjoyment manifested itself in the segment, which aired on the Russian Sunday news show Vesti Nedeli, where host Vladimir Soloviev quipped that Trump would have to seek refuge in Russia once he’s out of office.
“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,” Davis writes before citing another state-funded TV show where the host boasted about the meeting between Trump and Lavrov to a Ukrainian panelist.
“There are no disagreements or contradictions between Trump and Russia,” said Valery Korovin, director of the Center for Geopolitical Expertise, appearing on the state-television channel Rossiya-24.
The Kremlin is even promoting the work of Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. After Giuliani’s return to US from his “evidence gathering” trip to Ukraine, Russian state TV began airing clips of his OAN (One America News Network) “documentary,” which claims to provide evidence that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 US election and that former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch lied under oath to Congress “to whitewash [Joe] Biden’s corruption.”
“Giuliani’s efforts on behalf of President Trump are bound to pay propaganda dividends for the Kremlin,’ Davis writes.
“Putin has expressed undisguised delight with the crusade led by Trump and Giuliani to whitewash Moscow’s interference in the U.S. elections and pin the blame on Kyiv,” he continued, adding that
According to Davis, the emerging narrative from Russia propaganda outlets puts the “hypocrisy of the Republicans on full display.”
“The Kremlin, having argued for years that democracy is a sham and the West is devoid of morals and principles, can now showcase the GOP as its ‘Exhibit A.'”
Read her full piece over at The Daily Beast.
‘This is outrageous’: Legal experts condemn Trump for demanding Sotomayor and Ginsburg recusals
President Donald Trump Monday night called on Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg recuse themselves from any cases involving the president, a demand critics denounced as an "outrageous" attack on the nation's highest legal body.
"Justice Sotomayor issued a reasoned dissent noting a pattern among the justices of allowing the Trump administration to ignore the appellate courts and skip to the SCOTUS to secure their desired outcome."—Kristen Clarke, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Trump's demand came in response to Sotomayor's scathing dissent in the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to allow the president's so-called "wealth test" for immigrants—also known as the public charge rule—to take effect in Illinois. Sotomayor accused the court's five conservative justices of favoring one litigant over all others—the Trump administration—in their ruling.
‘Paranoid cultist’ Rush Limbaugh blasted after claiming coronavirus is being ‘weaponized’ against Trump
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh raised eyebrows this Monday when he claimed that it looks like the "coronavirus is being weaponized as yet another element to bring down Donald Trump," adding that the ""truth" about the coronavirus is that it's the "common cold."
Limbaugh went on to slam the media for overhyping the virus in an effort to “an effort to get Trump” and even repeated a rumor that the virus originated in a Chinese biological weapons lab. While Limbaugh's initial comments were likely meant to critique what he sees as the media's bias against President Trump, others suggested he was trying to disseminate a conspiracy theory that the virus itself is a ploy to undermine Trump's presidency.
GOP terrified civil war between Trump allies could sink their Senate prospects in Georgia: report
On Tuesday, Bloomberg News reported that Republicans are starting to worry that the ongoing fight between two allies of President Donald Trump in a Georgia Senate contest could jeopardize their chances of holding the seat departed by Sen. Johnny Isakson — and by extension, their Senate majority.
The conflict is between Rep. Doug Collins, a Trump bulldog who led the GOP efforts against impeachment in the House, and Kelly Loeffler, a businesswoman appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp to the Senate vacancy despite lobbying from Trump to pick Collins. Both are running in the Senate special election, which, under Georgia law, will feature a "jungle primary" in which everyone from both parties runs on the same ballot and the top two advance to a runoff if no one wins a majority.