More proof that the “Russian puppet” meme will never die, no matter how many times Russiagate is debunked…
Recently, the 45th President of the United States gave a speech before a group of teenage (high school) “deplorables” gathered for a conference in Washington, DC — with Trump standing before a massive image that was subtly designed to portray him as a treasonous agent of Moscow!
Yes, it’s all true.
Amusingly enough, on the giant screen behind Donald Trump at this conference for young conservatives was a mock version of the official U.S. government seal featuring the words “SEAL OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES” circumscribing the image of an eagle.
Only the eagle behind Trump on this seal was a two-headed eagle — borrowed from Russia’s state seal (with a couple of clever modifications: 1) there’s a wad of cash in one of the eagle’s taloned claws and some golf clubs in the other; and 2) the “Latin” phrase across the banner reads “45 es un títere,” or “45 is a puppet” in Spanish).
Displaying the modified seal behind the president was clearly someone’s idea of a prank, zinging Trump for being a “Russian puppet.”
(Hilarious. “Saddam’s WMD” level hilarious.)
Neither the event’s hosts nor anyone on the President’s staff noticed the subtly transformed “official” seal behind the speaker.
Nor did the speaker, himself.
Ever the buffoon, Trump gave his speech in front of an image designed to humiliate him. (He even missed the fact that it had his number on it: 45.)
The pranksters (whoever they are) used the hybrid U.S./Russia government seal image created by Bush/Cheney enthusiast and “former” Republican, Charles Leazott, a hard-right conservative who believes in Russiagate with all his heart… or at least in the conspiracy theory’s ability to politically damage Donald Trump (when it’s obvious that Russiagate has done the opposite, benefitting the far-right dramatically and increasing Trump’s chances for reelection… all while bringing us closer to WWIII).
While Trump and his people’s obliviousness to the practical joke is nearly as amusing as it is sad, it’s still notable (and equally depressing) that the #McResistance continues to be led by current and former Republicans, especially the Bush/Cheney crowd (including Robert Mueller, David Frum, William Kristol, Michael Hayden, John Brennan, and James Clapper): modern fascists pushing a third world war over a bunch of warmongering, neo-McCarthyite propaganda — propaganda that began as a reprehensible presidential candidate’s excuse for losing to a reality TV huckster.
This is what happens when the center-left bets the progressive farm on neocons, intelligence agencies, and current/former Republicans.
#McResistance, propaganda, and war have triumphed over diplomacy, journalism, and any semblance of actual resistance to the rise of neo-fascism.
So much for the progressive agenda! So much for a Green New Deal…