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Opinion: The 144 million people who like Trump best

August 10, 2017

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— The fake news media is full of accounts about how President Trump’s standing is slipping among his “base” — his most loyal supporters.

Balderdash.

There is absolutely no reason to think Trump’s support has slipped in the slightest among those who like him best: the 144 million men, women and children of the Russian Federation. A poll released by the Pew Research Center end of June found that fully 53 percent of Russians have confidence in Trump, 67 percent there think he’s a strong leader and 62 percent find him charismatic and well qualified.

The poll was conducted earlier this year, but there’s every reason to think Trump’s numbers in Russia have held steady or improved. (Vladimir Putin has had plenty of time to send those who disapprove of Trump to Siberia.) Trump is performing almost 20 points better in Russia than in the United States, which, of course, only proves true the biblical aphorism: A prophet is not without honor except in his own country.

Unfortunately for Trump, most Russian nationals are not (yet) eligible to vote in the United States. But Trump’s eastern base nevertheless has ways of boosting his popularity at home, and not only by hacking the Democratic National Committee and doing other things of interest to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

As The Washington Post’s Abby Phillip reported, “a virtual army of accounts identified as having ties to a Russia-backed disinformation campaign targeting the U.S. political system zeroed in on efforts among Trump’s supporters to attack his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, over the firing of two Trump loyalists.”

That’ll teach the national security adviser to cross Trump’s Kremlin cohort.

Phillip noted that Trump, on his golf vacation, retweeted with thanks a tweet Saturday from the subtle handle @Protrump45, an account that “bears a lot of signs of a Russia-backed disinformation campaign.” Though there are conflicting reports about the nature of this account, there are undoubtedly many Russian “bots” that boost Trump’s line and blast his critics, often with misspellings and odd grammar.

But while it’s generous of Putin to put his bots to work for Trump, this White House is perfectly capable of importing Russian-style propaganda without help from Moscow.

Trump’s White House has been churning out so much that it literally overloaded the system. Rapid-response director Andy Hemming had been sending out positive stories about Trump to so many journalists that, Politico reported, “the White House IT system could not handle an email going out to such a big list, and all of his emails were being blocked by a firewall.” The glitch was fixed.

This week, meanwhile, saw the debut of Trump TV: a Web-based broadcast of “real news” by Kayleigh McEnany, a pro-Trump pundit formerly of CNN. In the first installment, she announces, in front of a Trump-Pence campaign backdrop in Trump Tower: “President Trump has created more than 1 million jobs. ... President Trump has clearly steered the economy back in the right direction. ... President Trump is finally putting the American worker first. ... President Trump is dedicated to honoring these men and women who fought valiantly for our country.”

Former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul tweeted: “Wow. Feels eerily like so many state-owned channels I’ve watched in other countries.”

We hardly need Trump TV, though, because we already have “Fox & Friends,” the Fox News morning show. Vox this week analyzed transcripts of 17 months of the show and found some extraordinary changes since the election: They started using “we” statements with much more frequency (“we need to,” “we are going”), referred to the occupant of the Oval Office as “the president” far more often than under President Barack Obama, and had many more statements instructing or advising Trump and predicting actions.

Then there’s “the president” himself, a one-man propaganda machine. This week he has, among other things, gone after Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who had spoken on TV about Russia’s election meddling.

Trump attacked Blumenthal for lying about serving in Vietnam. (He served in the Marine Reserve during the war but not in Vietnam.) Trump said Blumenthal “cried like a baby” when caught. This was similar to Trump’s attack on ABC News’ Martha Raddatz, claiming she was “crying” and in “tears” after Trump won. Neither appears to be true.

Happily, the Trump White House has not yet borrowed all forms of propaganda employed by the Putin regime. Russian state media released several photographs this week of a shirtless Putin boating and fishing on a Siberian lake. If the White House follows suit and releases photos of a shirtless Trump golfing in New Jersey, it will be time to talk seriously about impeachment.

— Dana Milbank is a columnist for Washington Post Writers Group.

Comments

Gary Stussie 3 months, 1 week ago

Where do you people get this crap? With all the real problems and concerns in this country and the world, this is what the LJW wants to focus on. Sad!

Greg Cooper 3 months, 1 week ago

What's sad, Gary, is that you and yours don't see anything wrong with a foreign, hostile nation interfering, or even attempting to interfere, with our national elections. Why is it that you feel it alright to defend the Russians but not those who defend our democratic republic?

Jim Phillips 3 months, 1 week ago

You mean like when Obama interfered in the Israeli elections, Greg?

Jim Phillips 3 months, 1 week ago

The answer is easy, Gary. The LJW is a Trump hating, left wing, main stream media rag that caters to Trump hating, left wingers in a predominantly Trump hating left wing city.

Steve Hicks 3 months, 1 week ago

You don't have to be "left-wing," Jim, to see through Trump's con. Any honest person who pays attention, and has the least glimmer of discernment, will.

Plenty of people beside "left-wingers" are onto Trump. Not all honest people with a brain are "left-wing." But feel free to define things that way, if you want.

Jim Phillips 3 months, 1 week ago

Reread the post, Steve. The points made had nothing to do with Trump, per se and had everything to do with the Lawrence Journal World. But feel free to define things that way, if you want.

Steve Hicks 3 months, 1 week ago

My apologies, Jim. I mistakenly thought your triple claim of "Trump-hating" somehow related to Trump. Was I also mistaken that you equated (again in triplicate) "Trump-hating" with "left-wing" ?

Jim Phillips 3 months, 1 week ago

Understood, Steve, but I am well aware the Republican establishment hates Trump too.

Steve Hicks 3 months, 1 week ago

Yep, the "Republican estanlishment" is not a group anyone could characterize as "left-wingers." Then there are the hardcore conservative writers and thinkers who have opted out of the Trump circus: George Will and Charles Krauthammer, for example.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 3 months, 1 week ago

How are those Russian lessons going, Trump lovers?

Jeremy Smith 3 months, 1 week ago

Oh the collusion was so real and Trump and Putin made such a huge deal to make sure Trump won the election and then you woke up. This investigation is almost as humorous as watching Malia Obama on drugs at Lollapalooza

Jim Phillips 3 months, 1 week ago

Slightly better than the evidence collection in Trump/Russia collusion investigation, Dorothy.

Michael Kort 3 months, 1 week ago

Is there a late night comic who hasn't had a field day with Trump and his coming and goings ?

I almost feel sorry for Trump some times because his mouth gets him into more disasters........ .it's like watching Trump learn on the job....... which is hard......you expect a president to know a little diplomacy and which strings not to pull carelessly.....but his supporters got their MAVERICK .

He was racially devisive and used the five year "Obama is not an American lie" to get racist votes, as David Duke pointed out to him publicly on Saturday that racists were his election victory margin and his businesses have had descrimination law suits that he lost .

MAKE A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL............for a hot time in the old world.......how pointless !

He can't even ask the Chinese for help with Kim Jung Un without referring to them in the press as if they were financially dependant children that he could punish or reward with favorable trade terms that he has been ranting about as them getting over on us on the ballance of trade and acting as if he was going to put them into a financial time out or back into their box before he discovered their true importance related to containing North Korea, a war that would kill many in South Korea and avoiding a nuclear conflict that could escalate as fallout moves to other countries .

I wish that he would leave the diplomacy to Rex Tillerson and keep his thoughts to himself over China as he is making a bad situation embarrassingly worse .

Michael Kort 3 months, 1 week ago

We live in a time where tech companies have huge idle cash that employs none but ups the values of their stock, were other companies borrow not to expand but to buy back their stock to decrease the dilution of their profits to raise their stocks cost to further corporate insiders interests,.........and the racists just don't seem to get the idea that the middle class is dissolving because money ( unlike do do ) actualy runs up hill to the billionaires club, while the generally confused middle class become renters instead of home owners and have multiple jobs instead of golden parachutes !

Racism has always favored the very richest who could pit everyone below them against one another,.... or simply leave "the getting poorer class" to eye each other up as the cause of each other's problems .

I am not making note of an occult ( hidden ) event .

Nothing hidden here by anyone but those who don't wish to notice the facts .

Go hate the next struggling fool........ while the top of the heap cleans you out $ like a dummy in a con game .

Scott Burkhart 3 months, 1 week ago

Russian collusion my foot! The Russians may be involved but they didn't hack anything. The forensic experts that have been involved now believe that the information received by WikiLeaks was an inside job. We have to wonder who might could do such a thing? Conspiracy theorists say that Seth Rich leaked the info and was killed for his deed. The only problem is there is no evidence or "smoking gun" to this kind of thinking. But..............what about another player in this game that has gone unnoticed until recently? Imran Awan, a foreign national of Pakistani descent until recently was the IT guy for none other than Debbie bad hair everyday Wasserman Schultz. He had access to her computers and the computers of about another 20 or so Reps. in the House of Representatives. He had password keys and actually removed equipment from the Capitol and hid it in his own garage. At he time all of these "secrets" about the DNC hosing Bernie Sanders and his supporters, DWS was head of the DNC. Remember all of these WikiLeaks postings came out just prior to the Democrat National Convention at which time DWS was forced to step down as director and was subsequently booed on the floor of the convention. snork Donna Shanene was elevated to director and then it came to light that she was coaching the Clinton campaign on town hall questions from her perch at CNN. (Canard News Network) But I digress. Debbie Wasserman Schultz threw a hissy fit and even threatened a Capitol policeman over the agency's possession of her computers. Not to mention failed to fire the IT guy, Awan, until she was left no choice as a result of the scandal that was beginning. Fortunately they were able to apprehend Awan at the airport right before he boarded a flight to Pakistan last month. My theory is Awan funneled this information to a third part intermediary who quite possibly funneled it to Russians or their surrogates. Lastly, if the Russians thought they were buying a puppet, they were as mistaken as those believing the Russians hacked the computers of the DNC.

David Reynolds 3 months, 1 week ago

Dana Milbank needs to keep more current. If she did she would find that a well established Democratic publication has demonstrated that Russia & President Trump did not collude to sway the election. Please read the article below.

https://www.thenation.com/article/a-new-report-raises-big-questions-about-last-years-dnc-hack/

The article states in part:

"There was no hack of the Democratic National Committee’s system on July 5 last year—not by the Russians, not by anyone else. Hard science now demonstrates it was a leak—a download executed locally with a memory key or a similarly portable data-storage device. In short, it was an inside job by someone with access to the DNC’s system. This casts serious doubt on the initial “hack,” as alleged, that led to the very consequential publication of a large store of documents on WikiLeaks last summer."

The article goes on to say: "All those interviewed came in between 90 percent and 100 percent certain that the forensics prove out. I have already quoted Skip Folden’s answer: impossible based on the data. “The laws of physics don’t lie,” Ray McGovern volunteered at one point. “It’s QED, theorem demonstrated,” William Binney said in response to my question. “There’s no evidence out there to get me to change my mind.” When I asked Edward Loomis, a 90 percent man, about the 10 percent he held out, he replied, “I’ve looked at the work and it shows there was no Russian hack. But I didn’t do the work. That’s the 10 percent. I’m a scientist.”

It's time for those pushing this false narrative of Russian collusion or President Trump's political association with Russia, to stop embarrassing then selves.

The search is now on in the DNC, and the pressure is mounting on DNC internal staff, possibly Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Even Mueller seems to have switched gears off of collusion theory. He is no on a witch hunt for a "blue dress" type case.

David Reynolds 3 months, 1 week ago

Paul, your statement regarding where I get my facts is not true. Did you even read what I said, or just saw my name and decided to try and criticize?

The article I referenced is a very liberal, organization, some may call it an extreme liberal organization.

You might go to it and see for yourself. I know you will enjoy the subjects & tone. You can find it at: www.thenation.com

Paul, actually reading, and researching for understanding, before commenting will serve you well.

It just occurred to me, possibly you can't stand even a leftist organization blowing your bubble regarding your prejudices toward President Trump, or anyone with which you disagree.

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