Trump's 'election': Russian-backed fascist coup?
Well, this is pretty hilarious. Kremlin mouthpiece RT, long promoted as some kind of "alternative" by lefties in the West, is now baiting the anti-Trump protesters as paid pawns of George Soros, the fave bugaboo of yahoos, paranoids and anti-Semites. Embarassingly, even at this late date, the (always dubious) FreeThought Project is touting Russian media reports making this claim. We stated months ago that Putin and Trump were in league, hoping to instate a fascist world order after the January inaurguation. Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, who ironically continue to be glorified by "leftists," obviously played a strategic role in this global coup, now on the cusp of being consolidated. Certainly, the jubilation at Donald Trump's election by the forces of Russo-fascism couldn't be more blatant.
In Montenegro—where Russian nationalists were just accused of attemting a coup d'etat—a roadside billboard was raised featuring images of Trump and Putin above the words (in English and Cyrillic): "LET'S MAKE THE WORLD GREAT AGAIN—TOGETHER." (Snopes)
A Cossack paramilitary group in Russia responded to Trump's election by declaring him to be an honorary Cossack. The Irbis Cossack order bestowed Donald with the title, inviting the entire Trump family to visit them in St. Petersburg. (Moscow Times, Nov. 23) Neo-Cossack fromations have proliferated under Putin, often with semi-official paramilitary powers. Given the historical role of the Cossacks in attacks on Jews over the centuries, this is rather akin to the Ku Klux Klan celebrating Trump's victory. The Irbis Cossacks, by the way, made headlines last year when they raised a bust in St. Petersburg depicting Putin as a Roman emperor.
And the ultra-reactionary nationalist parties and politicians that Putin has been backing across Europe are also enthused. French far-right leader Marine Le Pen boasted that her election as president next year will form a trio of world leaders with Trump and Putin that "would be good for world peace." Inaugurating her campaign headquarters just a mile away from the Elysee presidential palace, Le Pen called the premises "a stopover on the way" to her "final destination down the road." (The Independent, Nov. 16)
And the evidence is there, if you care to look at it, that this was coordinated at the highest levels. Russian Insider on Dec 15, 2015 ran a photo of Michael Flynn dining with Putin at a Moscow soirée hosted by RT. Yeah, that's the same Mike Flynn who was Trump's ultra-Islamophobic military policy advisor, and who has just been appointed his post-inauguration National Security Advisor. (The Green Party candidate Jill Stein also supped with Mike and Vladimir at the RT soirée, again pointing to the paradoxical co-optation of the American left by international fascism.)
The National Security Agency chief, Michael S. Rogers, on Nov. 15 made a statement at a press conference charging that a particualr "nation-state" targeted Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, in order to affect the US election. He said that the Republicans were "consciously" assisted by hackers seeking a "specific effect" in the election. (Quartz, Nov. 15) Not hard to guess which "nation-state" he means.
The White House even sent a secret "hotline" message to Russia on Oct. 31 to warn against any further cyber-meddling in the US election process—through a special channel created in 2013 as part of the Nuclear Risk Reduction Center. (WP, Nov. 15)
And it has been over a month since the US Intelligence Community formally accused Russia of directing hacks to try to influence the elections. The official statement by the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, said the e-mail dumps "are intended to interfere with the US election process." (NYT, Oct. 7) That's the same James Clapper, Mother Jones reminds us, who fired Mike Flynn as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2013 for being too much of a terror-war hard-ass. And the same Clapper who resigned in the wake of Trump's victory, as NBC reported.
Interestingly, Clapper's October statement was jointly released with all the 16 member agencies of the US Intelligence Community—except the FBI. (Occupy Democrats) Right, the one agency that seems, with director James Comey's eleventh-hour statements about an investigation into Clinton's e-mails, to have been openly collaborating with the Russian spy apparatus to throw the election to Trump. As we noted, he made no such statements about his agency's investigation into the Russian ties of Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort. News of that investigation was only reported due to unofficial leaks.
A group of computer scientists, statisticians and election lawyers have issued a call for an audit and recount of the election results in some swing states, citing evidence of Russian hacking. This call must be urgently supported. It may not be too late to prevent Trump from taking office before he can consolidate his fascist agenda.