Standing by the endorsement of Donald Trump at a rally in Kentucky on Monday night, Republican Senator Rand Paul asked the media to disable the whistle whose report on the president's alleged abuse of power in Ukraine triggered an impeachment procedure.
American news organizations resisted the pressure, but – in the 2019 replay of "Russia if You Listen" – the Kremlin-controlled state media quickly jumped on it.
Very soon after Senator Paul tweeted an article that speculated in considerable detail about the identity of the reporters – with a picture, name and details of the alleged political history of a CIA professional ̵
As if in a queue, the Kremlin-controlled heavy hitters – TASS, RT, Rossiya-1 – spread the same information. But unlike Rand Paul, one of the Russian state-owned media does not appear to have been a particularly impressive source – truly clear investigations and claims that the material was originally published by The Washington Post .
This was the most outrageous, but certainly not the only, example of a Kremlin-funded media cheerleader for Trump's fight against impeachment, as production against him is growing at a rapid rate. As the chorus of Fox News talking heads got hold of Trump's talking points, which is predictable – they were also echoed in the lake, albeit with a touch of irony.
"Have you lost your mind that you want to remove our Donald Ivanovich?" Asked Vladimir Soloviev, the host of the television show Evening with Vladimir Soloviev .
" When they say that Trump is weakening the US – yes, he is. And that's why we love him. ”
– Karen Shakhnazarov, CEO of Mosfilm Studio and prominent on Russian state television
Russian experts, government officials and prominent talking heads often mock the Americans president for his Twitter clan a cozy foreign policy approach, a clown lack of décor, and an unfiltered stream of verbalized consciousness. But all the reasons that Trump is "not a very good president" for America are precisely their reasons for thinking that he is so big for Russia.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a Russian client whose regime rotated on the brink only to be finally rescued from Trump's chaotic Middle East approach, recently stated that "President Trump is the best type of president for the enemy. "The Russians heartily agree. Trump's presidency has been a tumultuous success for Russia, which is eager to step into every vacuum created by the US withdrawal to the world stage.
"They say that Trump makes Russia great. This is basically true, "said Karen Shakhnazarov, CEO of Mosfilm Studio and a prominent fixer on Russian state television." The chaos brought by Trump into the US system of governance is weakening the US. America is weakening and now Russia is taking its place. Suddenly Russia is starting to seriously penetrate Africa … So when they say Trump is weakening the US – yes he is. And so we love him … The more problems they have, the better it is for us . "
As the current administration proves useful for the Kremlin, s openly consider different strategies and theories of conspiracy designed to undermine political opponents of President Trump. Russia's state broadcaster Dmitry Kiselev described Joe Biden as "Trump's most dangerous rival" and called on Trump to "keep digging in Ukraine for the sweetest compromise of all: Proving that Ukraine – not Russia – is meddling in the election USA. "
" Keep digging in Ukraine for the sweetest "compromise" of all: proving that Ukraine – not Russia – is meddling in US elections. "
– Russian state television presenter Dmitry Kiselev
Russian conspiracy theories are being developed throughout the Trump administration, reinforced by Konstantin Kilimnik, and Paul Manforten by Paul Manafort his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. The Russians were expecting an easy victory, and the Kremlin-controlled state media rejoiced in May 2019, when state-run broadcaster Yevgeny Popov blatantly declared that Trump had already won and Ukraine had buried Biden as a candidate.
But what was conceived as a winning strategy that sparked spectacularly when Trump became involved in this Russian theory. With Giuliani Trump putting pressure on President-elect of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky over the Biden dirt and – thanks to an initial whistle blow report for a very troublesome phone call that Trump made to Zelensky in July – a formal impeachment investigation was launched.
As evidence of abuse of power continues to grow, the besieged commander-in-chief is reduced to attacking the envoy. Trump has repeatedly demanded that lawmakers and the media disclose the identity of the offender, though congressional testimony from multiple witnesses, now published repeatedly, has consistently supported the initial allegations.
Russian experts and analysts openly hope that the impeachment procedure will have a side effect that would be of great benefit to the Kremlin: "The killing will become a hunt for Ukrainians" and will result in a serious rift between Kiev and Washington.
" A significant part of American society and the political elite will want nothing to do with Ukraine or the Ukrainian leadership, nor will they provoke warm feelings for the Ukrainian diaspora. "
– RIA Novosti colonist Ivan Danilov
RIA Novosti colonist Ivan Danilov writes:
" Some witnesses and sources of information on which the accusations against Donal (Donalp and to which he is actually impeached) are "Americans of Ukrainian descent" … At the same time, supporters of the current president are already demonstrating a willingness to use their ancestry as proof that they are "traitors to America." It's not so obvious now, but after months of actively promoting the thesis "Ukrainians are Clinton agents and US enemies trying to bring down Trump", a significant portion of US society and political elite will want nothing to do with Ukraine or Ukrainian leadership, neither will have warm feelings for the Ukrainian diaspora. "
Danilov quoted Fox News, Glenn Beck and the Federalist as demonstrating that the Trump case would eventually turn into a case against Ukraine.
The prospect of undermining bipartisan support for Ukraine's newly-formed democracy and its continued struggle against Russian aggression sounds like a wonderful bonus to the Kremlin, especially since, for a change, anti-Ukrainian agitprop is now being made in America.
Although shaken by the prospect of Trump's impeachment, Russian state media remain optimistic. Olga Skabeva, host of 60 Minutes Russia's most popular news talk show, predicts: "The Senate Republican majority will not allow the president we elected, the wonderful Donald Trump, to be sent off. It is impossible. He has 90 percent support in the Republican Party. "
Russian news outlets assure their audience that while impeachment is likely, it will not lead to Trump's removal from office and will have no effect on the 2020 presidential election. The media predicts that the swing states and the electoral college will secured another victory for Donald Trump, who suited the Kremlin to T.