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🎯The danger of nominating Sanders

Garry Kasparov…
...While most Democratic voters list beating Trump as their top issue, some members of a belligerent progressive faction led by Bernie Sanders seems more interested in ideological purity than in winning in November.
So it's baffling to me that an American would have found anything to admire in our totalitarian Communist regime. But there was Mr. Sanders, then mayor of Burlington, Vermont, finding much to like during his 1988 visit to the USSR.
You wouldn't expect anyone making such a trip to criticize his hosts, and it's hardly surprising that a Socialist like Sanders would strive to point out the bright side of the Evil Empire, and how America might endeavor to be more like it.
"Let's take the strengths of both systems," he said upon return. "Let's learn from each other."

It would be a cruel twist to have a president who admires Russia's current dictatorship running against a challenger who praised our old one.
“It’s especially stupid to deny that Putin wants Trump to be reelected, because Putin said it himself, standing next to Trump at Helsinki. He made no secret that he wanted Trump to win in 2016."

The Soviets only allowed such visits if they could exploit them for propaganda, and Sanders obliged. (And as I said on AC360 it's likely that the Soviet archives have more unflattering material from Sanders' visit,

material Putin will be happy to share with his favorite candidate, Trump, when the time is right.)…
Bernie Sanders Is Receiving 21 Times As Much Positive Russian Media Coverage As Joe Biden, Analysis Shows

⚠️Russia is believed to be trying to boost Sanders' primary campaign while also helping Donald Trump.…
New analysis from the Foreign Policy Research Institute revealed that Sanders received the most positive coverage of any candidate from Russia's Sputnik and RT news services.

Putin's favorite candidates!👇
He voted against the Magnitsky act for god's sake, he voted against sanctions on Iran and Russia. His record is WORSE than you think

⚠️Russian state media have been so sure Trump will be reelected, and Bernie will help that happen, that Joe Biden's big win in South Carolina left them speechless.

Mueller Report revealed Bernie received RU boost in 2016 election.

Just saying...
Trump urges South Carolina Republicans to vote for Bernie Sanders to throw the election in Bernie's favor...why?…
Trump boosting Bernie to help throw the election.

How The Russian president has infected our national trust.

Did Vladimir Putin turn America on itself?

Bernie Sanders says his 2016 team saw effects of Russian anti-Clinton campaign

h/t @Moratel_Entles…
Bernie acknowledges knowing RU boosting him in 2020 election...however failed to alert voters for a month until after it was released to public.

h/t @Moratel_Entles

Russians Think Triumphant Trump Is More Their Man Than Ever

Putin’s recent invitation to Trump to attend Victory Day festivities in Moscow this spring is designed to bring the U.S. president ever deeper into the Kremlin fold.

Appearing on Sunday Evening With Vladimir Soloviev, politician Sergey Stankevich asserted, “Donald Trump has to come to Moscow in May, no doubt about it. He is obligated to be here.”…
“Trump couldn’t show off the head of [Joe] Biden, so he was holding up The Washington Post instead.”
— Dmitry Egorchenkov, director of the Institute for Strategic Studies and Forecasts…
Russian experts previously anticipated that the reset in U.S. relations with Russia would have to wait until Trump’s second term in office. But Egorchenkov opined that in his mind, Trump already won re-election, which is why the new ambassador to the Russian Federation,
John J. Sullivan, arrived with a mandate to improve relations with Russia.
For his part, 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 U.N. 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.
Russian experts say that moving forward with such a concept would require a blank-slate approach, calling for the removal of Western sanctions against the Russian Federation imposed after Putin seized and annexed Crimea, backed a separatist war that has killed 14,000 people
in eastern Ukraine, and worked to disrupt the 2016 U.S. elections and tilt them in Trump’s favor. Russia also was caught in 2018 poisoning and nearly killing former intelligence officer Sergei Skripal in Britain.…
TV host Soloviev suggested Trump could “demonstrate goodwill” by immediately restoring the status of its closed Russian consulates and diplomatic annexes, shut down after the assassination attempt in the U.K., and lifting U.S. sanctions against Russia.…
Egorchenkov predicted Trump will promptly accept Putin’s offer, since he will be making this decision “without the pressure of the Democratic Party” and free of the influence of “100 to 150 recently fired members of the National Security Council.”
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.”…
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.…
Evstafiev marveled at the 97 percent GOP votes cast for Trump in Iowa and pointed out that these votes symbolize the hollowing out of the Republican Party, with no viable candidates who could follow in Trump’s footsteps.

The host, Soloviev, chimed in:
“Except for his daughter, Ivanka.” Evstafiev concurred and suggested that the Trump presidency is currently transitioning into the realm of authoritarian, clan-like regimes, “They keep telling us that it is impossible in the United States, but now we’ll find out for ourselves.”
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Anne Applebaum remarked last week after a visit to Venezuela,“I observed, from Caracas, the finale of the impeachment trial, Romney’s last stand, the firing of civil servants. All around me, people nodded wearily: Yes, they said, we’ve seen this
before. Venezuela is not the U.S., Trump is not a Bolivarian socialist like [the late Hugo] Chavez, of course everything is different,” she said. “But it is amazing how familiar Trump’s behavior seemed to people who had lived through the decline of their own democracy.”
Dec. 17, 2019

Russia’s State TV Calls Trump Their ‘Agent’…
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov returned home from his visit with Donald Trump in the Oval Office, Russian state media were gloating over the spectacle. TV channel Rossiya 1 aired a segment entitled “Puppet Master and ‘Agent’—How to Understand Lavrov’s Meeting With Trump.”
The Kremlin’s Strategy for the 2020 U.S. Election: Secure the Base, Split the Opposition - May 2019

Americans may be on to the Kremlin’s tricks now, but Putin is getting a helping hand this time around: Conservative media and even the White House are spreading disinfo for him!
Russia duped the West in the 2016 election, but their playbook has been exposed and last cycle’s trickery won’t work the same in 2020.
Their troll farm and state-sponsored news outlets won’t need to make “fake news”; America’s candidates and political parties will make plenty for the Kremlin to re-share with selected American audiences. America splintered by political infighting; aside from sanctions relief, Putin has gotten most of what he wanted in the last three years. As of today, the White House appears to be spending more effort investigating the investigators of Russian interference in 2016
than preventing the Russians from interfering in 2020. It’s a bizarre time in Trump’s America, and a wonderful moment for the Kremlin.
John Sipher, retired CIA officer and former American station chief in Moscow, adroitly described the long-term danger of the Trump election and
resulting era as not collusion but convergence. “Convergence can be defined as distinct groups doing the same things for different reasons, or as a unity of interests evolving from separate starting points,” Sipher explained last summer.…

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