Trump, Putin and national press
8/2/2018, 6 a.m.
It is very revealing and often disgusting to witness the national press coverage of the “bromance” between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The press goes on and on about Mr. Trump’s refusal to condemn the Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign. They recite horror story after horror story about Mr. Putin’s mortal sins when dealing with individuals and countries that do things he considers a threat to himself and Russia.
Someone lacking a knowledge of history would be led to believe that the United States does not and has not ever committed such mortal sins. But anyone with a knowledge of U.S. history is well aware that this is a major fallacy. This country, which the press is covering in the Putin-Trump saga as though it’s God’s gift to righteousness, has done practically every single thing to carry out its agenda as Russia has done and is doing to carry out its agenda.
The United States has assassinated or attempted to assassinate leaders and other people who it considers a threat to its program. It has participated in the overthrow of governments that are not sufficiently obedient to its desires. It has invaded countries whose policies it opposed.
The bastion of righteousness would react in the same way Russia acted on Ukraine if the countries on its borders, Canada and Mexico, attempted to sign a military pact with Russia or any other country.
The national press also doesn’t deal with the reality that Mr. Putin and Mr. Trump share two very basic beliefs. The first is acquiring as much money as possible by any means necessary. The second is that both are white supremacists who strongly believe that white males should now and forever be the dominant force in the international arena.
Thus they believe that Russia and the United States are in the best position to maintain and advance their white supremacist goals.
This angle of the Trump-Putin connection needs to be explored by the national press rather than the continued weeping and wailing about what they consider Mr. Putin’s evilness and Mr. Trump’s ignorance. They both know exactly what they are doing.
A. PETER BAILEY
The writer is an author, lecturer, journalist and former longtime contributor to the Free Press.