Gee, what could be in Donald Trump’s Rand Paul blackmail file? Video of Paul getting beaten up by an increasingly feckless series of neighbors?
At Trump’s Kentucky rally two nights ago — hey, how did that work out for you guys? — Rand Paul insisted the media out the whistleblower who originally brought Trump’s Ukraine-related corruption to light.
The American media held tight, but Russian media felt no such compunction.
From Russia media expert Julia Davis at The Daily Beast:
Very quickly after Sen. Paul tweeted out an article that speculated in considerable detail about the identity of the whistleblower—with a photograph, a name, and details about the purported political history of a CIA professional—Russian state media quickly followed suit.
As if on cue, the Kremlin-controlled heavy hitters—TASS, RT, Rossiya-1—disseminated the same information. But unlike Rand Paul, one of the Russian state media outlets didn’t seem to find the source—Real Clear Investigations—to be particularly impressive, and claimed falsely that the material was published originally by The Washington Post.
Wow. Thanks for that, Rand. Great to see you’re such a principled guy.
Of course, Russian media have been yukking it up at our expense ever since the ocher abomination started smudging the White House walls with McNugget sauces and shame. And why wouldn’t they? Further, why wouldn’t they do everything in their power to keep him in place? If you were the Green Bay Packers and the Bears had Jo Anne Worley as their starting quarterback, wouldn’t you do whatever you could to maintain the status quo?
“Have you lost your minds that you want to remove our Donald Ivanovych?” asked Vladimir Soloviev, the host of the television show Evening with Vladimir Soloviev.
Russian experts, government officials, and prominent talking heads often deride the American president for his Twitter clangor, haphazard approach to foreign policy, clownish lack of decorum, and unfiltered stream of verbalized consciousness. But all the reasons they believe Trump “isn’t a very good president” for America are precisely their reasons for thinking he is so great for Russia.
Yup. Exactly what I was thinking, too.
Good one, Vladimir Putin. But this prank isn’t funny anymore. You really want to blow up the world based on a joke?