Russian media boasting that Trump’s impeachment acquittal will make him even more useful to the Kremlin: report
During the Cold War, the term “useful idiot” was used to describe non-Russians who were helpful to the Soviet Union in some way — even if that wasn’t their intention. The Soviet Union is long gone, and Russia now has a right-wing government under President Vladimir Putin. Yet the term “useful idiot” remains, often applied to pro-Trump Republicans who act in Putin’s interests. And according to a February 11 article by the Daily Beast’s Julia Davis, Russian state media are celebrating Trump’s impeachment acquittal as a major victory for the Russian Federation.
Davis doesn’t actually use the term “useful idiot” in her article, but that’s exactly how Trump and his supporters are being portrayed in Russian media — which doesn’t necessarily respect Trump, but views him as valuable to the Russian government’s agenda.
Dmitry Kiselyov, who hosts the Russian news program “Vesti Nedeli,” asserted, “Democrats are openly raging, but while they’re licking their wounds, Trump can now objectively afford to pursue a more positive course of action toward Russia — just as he planned all along while being elected for the first term.”
Davis says of Trump’s impeachment acquittal, “Having predicted this outcome for his impeachment trial, Russian experts and state media pundits are anticipating beneficial side effects for the Kremlin as Trump is more Trump — and more Russia’s Trump — than ever.”
According to Davis, “Expecting concessions from Trump, the Russian state media are playing along with his agenda, attacking the Democrats, the Ukraine whistleblower and impeachment witnesses.”
Trump’s decision to fire Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and his brother, Yevgeny Vindman, Davis points out, is being applauded in Russian media. Davis notes that on “Vesti Nedeli,” pundits “appeared practically giddy about Trump’s acquittal and the retaliatory onslaught that followed.”
Russian political scientist Dmitry Egorchenkov, who directs the Institute for Strategic Studies and Forecasts, predicted, “Trump might start to engage in McCarthyism, which will be the first step in the self-destruction of the American system.”