Should he win the US presidential election, Republican candidate Donald Trump will give Vladimir Putin carte blanche for further escalation of aggression in the post-Soviet space, well-known Russian opposition journalist Igor Yakovenko said in an interview.
Yakovenko suggests Trump’s assuming power could disrupt the Western world, giving Putin carte blanche for further escalation of aggression within the former Soviet Union. Yakovenko also cites Trump’s now infamous “Russia, if you’re listening” request for Russia to continue hacking the e-mail of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) as evidence that Trump may be a threat not only to US national security, “but the security of the entire civilized world.”
“The inappropriate compliments that Trump and Putin have showered upon each other could somehow incite Trump supporters – as well as those who favor Russian annexation of the Crimea,” said Yakovenko. He cited statements by Trump such as “the people of the Crimea prefer to be with Russia, rather than where they were before” and “Ukraine – it’s a mess.”[quote]Trump is not a conservative — he is the opposite. He is the destroyer of foundations.[/quote] Yakovenko suggests Trump’s assuming power could disrupt the Western world, giving Putin carte blanche for further escalation of aggression within the former Soviet Union. Yakovenko also cites Trump’s now infamous “Russia, if you’re listening” request for Russia to continue hacking the e-mail of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) as evidence that Trump may be a threat not only to US national security, “but the security of the entire civilized world.”
This writer points out: Trump’s danger to the United States lies not only in the fact that he actually encourages a hostile state to increase its spying against his own country. Serious problems with the moral character of the candidate pose a threat too and run the risk of destroying core principles and values on which American society is based.
“Donald Trump is right in saying that many Americans are tired of political correctness, the constant struggle of feminists and gays for their rights, as well as providing assistance to various ‘humiliated and insulted’ people – within the US but especially abroad. It seems to be a logical progression, if the power of the left liberal Obama were to move to the hard conservative (right-wing liberals in Russian political terminology).
But Trump is not a conservative — he is the opposite. He is the destroyer of the foundations. His willingness to betray the interests of the countries of Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and to cooperate with the Putin regime is destructive to NATO and the overall unity of the West.
In his rejection of political correctness Trump comes close to abandoning fundamental principles of morality. His recent insult to the parents of the deceased soldier in Iraq indicates that this is a person who has long ago freed himself from the chimera of conscience and such trifles as appearances. Here is what he says about the mother of the deceased soldier who died for his country: ‘His wife, she just stood there, she had nothing to say. Or maybe she is not allowed to speak.’ So Trump alludes to the fact that the parents, as well as the dead soldier, and are somehow less American because they are Muslims,” recalls Yakovenko.
According to the journalist, the candidate’s business qualities are no different.
“The first time I paid attention to the eccentric billionaire was in 1988 because of the way he duped Mike Tyson, whose sports career at the time was just taking off, even as he face terrible problems in his personal life and finances. The Mighty Champion at home was a little, shall we say, naive, and just asking to be cheated. Donald Trump just could not let this opportunity pass by. After several months of work on Tyson, Trump received two million dollars from Tyson for his phony services. This, of course, is very little compared with how much Tyson had lost with other rogues, and was a minor amount for Trump. Nevertheless, it is significant,” says Igor Yakovenko.
The journalist stresses that Donald Trump has a very scandalous reputation, and, according to the American journalist Michael Bohm, believes that artifice is his most valuable business quality. “It’s no coincidence that his opponents call him a double-dyed gambler and charlatan,” Bohm said
“In politics, Trump implements the same principles as in business. Perhaps even more so, and with worse consequences. For example, his idea of restructuring the external debt of the United States looks like the solution of the Leninist government to not repay debts of the tsarist government. There is a difference, though. Lenin just did the bourgeois out of 100% of their loans, and Trump simply proposes to do the entire world out of the 60% of the money that the simpletons who believed in the United States invested in US securities. Trump’s idea to introduce 45% tariffs on imports from China and Mexico is the same nonsense as Putin’s anti-sanctions with import substitutions,” said Yakovenko.
Nevertheless, the writer admits that in the history of even the most highly cultured and free nations, there are periods of so-called “stupor,” like when famous dissident Yuri Koryakin, after the victory of the Liberal Democratic Party in the first Duma elections in 1993, uttered his famous phrase: “Russia, you have gone crazy!”.
“The number of ‘stupefied’ Russians then was 23%. Years passed, and the process of stupefaction progressed. In the 23 years since Koryakin explained the to the motherland what he thinks about it, the number of those Russians has increased several times, from 23% to the notorious 86% of those who support ‘Crimea is ours’ and Putinism.’ Most of what Zhirinovsky promised in 1993, Putin implemented in 2016… The process of stupor at different times overtakes a variety of nations. In 30-40 years of the last
The process of stupor at different times overtakes a variety of nations. In 30-40 years of the last century, the Germans very much went crazy. The degree of insanity is different, but in 1933, too, not all was clear as to the size of the stupidity that was then happening to the nation of Goethe and Kant,”warns the Russian journalist.
At the same time, Igor Yakovenko acknowledged that Donald Trump in many respects differs from Putin and Adolf Hitler, and from Zhirinovsky, and from Boris Johnson.
However, with all of these policies, he has one thing in common with figures: fringe populism, as well as cheating and quackery.
“Trump showered insults on women, Mexicans, Muslims, Ukraine, the Baltic States, based on the belief that the level of xenophobia among Americans is such that those drawn to populist promises will be greater than 50%. I really hope that he is wrong,” concluded Igor Yakovenko.