Apparently there is a Trump-Orban-Putin authoritarian alliance as well as coordination and support for the Trump re-election campaign. It did seem more inevitable that Mitt Romney would choose party over country if only to demonstrate a potential leadership position upon the repudiation of Trumpism. Apparently he can vote one way on impeachment as a random act to demonstrate that America might be a “land of idiots”, useful or otherwise.
Hungarian president Viktor Orbán announced yesterday that he was endorsing President Trump’s reelection campaign. It is fairly uncommon for sitting American presidents to receive election endorsements from foreign leaders, and yet the endorsement fits into a pattern of sorts. Trump has already been endorsed by Russian president Vladimir Putin. He has worked openly with Russian intelligence agents in Ukraine, who represent the corrupt, Russophile wing that was deposed, despite the efforts of Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort. And perhaps even more unusually, Trump has given his own endorsement, to Polish president Andrzej Duda.
This odd network of international support has no geopolitical logic. Russia’s support for Trump is rooted primarily in the — shall we say, special — relationship between the two leaders. But the links with Hungary and Poland reveal a deeper ideological alliance. What draws these leaders and their regimes to Trump is a shared contempt for liberal democracy. Putin, Orbán, Duda, and Trump all rose to power in democratic systems and have turned them toward authoritarianism. They are joined in a common project to discredit liberal democracy
But it is telling that the fantasy takes the form of Trump as authoritarian, beating down peaceful demonstrators (and apparently entitled to engage in even the most grotesque fraud to prevail). They have stopped objecting to the comparison with Putin and begun coveting it.
Unlike under the last Republican administration, the United States is no longer declaring a crusade against an “axis of evil.” That is the good news. The bad news is that we’ve joined one.
Russian lawmakers, state media experts and pundits on tightly-choreographed TV shows openly reveal that the Kremlin is still rooting for Trump. But Moscow has a growing concern that this time around, their preferred candidate might lose. Appearing on a state TV show The Right To Know, Margarita Simonyan, the editor-in-chief of the Kremlin-funded propaganda networks RT and Sputnik, said about Trump’s chances of re-election: “I think Trump will lose, but then I think there will be a major blow-up from the standpoint of accepting or not accepting the outcome of the election. They’ll be battling over that for a long time, who knows how it might end.”
Having openly wished for Trump to drive the United States into civil war, Russian state media figures are now relishing that idea with renewed enthusiasm. They believe it would destabilize America to such an extent as to undermine its very sovereignty, thereby untying the Kremlin’s hands to wreak even more havoc upon the Western world. Appearing on Russia’s state TV show The Evening with Vladimir Soloviev, analyst Dmitry Drobnitsky explained his belief that U.S. elections “can be considered America’s internal affairs only up to the point when an actual civil war starts there.” The idea of a coup d’état seems all but inevitable, Drobnitsky argued: “The loser in this election would be an idiot to accept the outcome.”
Russian state media repeatedly echoed Trump, who is doing the Kremlin’s bidding by attacking the legitimacy of the 2020 elections, falsely suggesting that mail-in voting is completely fraudulent, and that Democrats are rigging the process to falsify the outcome. There is no doubt that the Kremlin would align with Trump in case of a contested election, as the groundwork for accusing the Democrats of fraud has been laid in advance.
Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah said he supports voting to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court, all but ensuring President Donald Trump has the backing to push his choice to confirmation. https://t.co/iR9eL6zHUe
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) September 22, 2020
Republicans decided to acquit Trump before his impeachment trial had even begun.
Now they’re going to support his Supreme Court nomination before even knowing who it is?
I despise each and every one of them.
— Hamish Mitchell (@H_MitchellPhoto) September 22, 2020
President Body Bag and his flying monkeys in Congress can continue to say the U.S. "leads the world" in COVID-19 response but… facts are stubborn things.
— Bob Geiger (@GeigerNews) September 22, 2020
Our guide to in-person and absentee voting and voter registration deadlines for every state in the U.S. and D.C. –> https://t.co/EFacbLuqBG
*We’ve marked what’s new because of COVID-19 and plan to keep it updated until Nov. 3.
— FiveThirtyEight (@FiveThirtyEight) September 22, 2020
Congressional GOP have made one thing extremely clear:
To them, there are no rules.
There are no principles.
There is only power.
They are ruthless, and always have been in my lifetime.
Dems must recognize they cannot be reasoned with at present & better adapt to that reality. https://t.co/DPq6xj61fF
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 22, 2020
Robert F. Kennedy’s Grandson felt so disturbed by what he saw that he sent an anonymous complaint to Congress. “I just couldn’t sleep… I was so distressed and disturbed by what I’d seen,” https://t.co/xWU3VIirbC
— Indivisible Network (@IndivisibleNet) September 22, 2020
If you have been using anything but signal/whatsapp/matrix for messaging then the feds have been watching your messages. If you've got an android phone and were taken in to custody they made a full copy of your phone, email, address book. https://t.co/qXFXnCl7kJ
— Portland Sound Bloc (@SoundBlocPDX) September 22, 2020