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nymag.com/intelligencer/… I don’t know why there’s still so much unwillingness to even accept the possibility that Trump is simply working for Putin.

On the contrary, I’d say it’s the only explanation that really makes sense.
Again, as @maddow pointed out last night, Trump has a long habit of parroting downright obscure talking points that come straight from Putin, often referencing countries he probably didn’t even know existed.
And, as Chait himself notes, this comes right as Russia is about to declare they were always right to invade Afghanistan.

And Trump has already been caught trying to backchannel with Putin:

nymag.com/intelligencer/…
And let’s not forget this:

cnn.com/2018/07/17/pol…

It could be the pee tape is real. Or Trump just really wants to please his man Putin. Or the Russians have some kind of financial leverage. But where this is coming from isn’t mysterious.
And yes, Trump is a clown. But Putin does have something to gain by having the U.S. president back his conspiracy theories and reject decades worth of opposition to Soviet oppression. Both on an international stage and for propaganda purposes at home.
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