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Trump’s ‘Putin Connection’ Has Been Outed With Surprising Result – OpEd

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On Monday, July 18, a startling Forbes magazine article reported that Donald Trump is following orders from Vladimir Putin.

But that’s just the start of this drama.

The following Friday, evidence surfaced that the Democratic Party primaries had been rigged so Hillary Clinton could prevail over Bernie Sanders.

That same day a barrage of news items began that trumpeted the alleged Trump-Putin alliance.

Headlines included:

“Donald Trump: the Siberian Candidate” –New York Times

“New questions surround Putin’s interest in Trump’s election” –MSNBC

“GOP Rocked by Clinton Truth Bomb That Russia Is Helping Trump” –PoliticusUSA

And then by Sunday, July 24, a confluence emerged between these two seemingly disparate stories, i.e. the Trump-Putin allegation and the rigged primary scandal.

Clinton’s campaign let loose a deviously clever strategy that drew them together.

It cast Clinton as a victim of foul play instead of as a perpetrator of election rigging.

The short version of the scenario goes like this: Trump and Putin are in cahoots. To help Trump, Putin has the Democratic Party’s servers hacked. Putin uncovers the plot to unfairly defeat Sanders. The plot is revealed by Wikileaks. Since most Americans look upon Putin as a loathsome and dangerous foreign leader, it’s easy for many to sympathize with Hillary for falling victim to Putin.

Mind you that no factual evidence is presented to support the claims of Putin’s meddling in the American presidential election. I don’t know whether he did or didn’t. But the absence of substantiation doesn’t seem to matter to most media outlets.

The Putin-scare that Clinton created worked like a charm to paper over the grim fact that the Democratic Party primaries were illegitimate, thus making Hillary’s own nomination itself illegitimate and undemocratic. It’s a very shrewd strategy, and unfortunately many Americans have been tricked by it.

The election-scandal story connected so seamlessly with the malicious Trump-Putin tale that one wonders if they weren’t both part of a single plan.

This is just speculation, but what if Clinton had seen signs that the election-rigging story might come out. In preparation, the Clinton people promote the Trump-Putin fear-mongering story. And then when the election scandal breaks, Clinton is ready to cast herself as a victim of the purported Trump-Putin axis of evil. This scenario may sound very diabolical, yet still it is perfectly plausible.

And what does this tell us about who Trump’s “Putin connection” is?

It’s Hillary.

She’s the one that’s drawing the connection, and she’s doing it out of apparent self-interest and in the absence of facts.

In effect, Hillary has outed herself as Trump’s “Putin connection.” But few enough people follow this saga in sufficient depth to realize that.


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William Dunkerley

William Dunkerley

William Dunkerley is a media business analyst and consultant based in New Britain, Connecticut, USA. He works extensively with media organizations in Russia and other post-communist countries, and has advised government leaders on strategies for building press freedom and a healthy media sector. He is a Senior Fellow at the American University in Moscow.

2 thoughts on “Trump’s ‘Putin Connection’ Has Been Outed With Surprising Result – OpEd

  • August 2, 2016 at 12:04 pm
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    Great analysis. Unfortunately, yes, the US people believe blindly what the mainstream media and such shilling magazines as Forbes tell them without any thought whatsoever. I would assume that Obama and Bill Clinton may have helped in pulling the triggers here too. Obama has used false accusations of others for the misdeeds and crimes of the US as a standard policy.

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  • November 8, 2016 at 4:10 am
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    This article is obviously pure nonsense, designed to hurt the Democratic Party and specifically Hillary Clinton. In the middle of your article, you even admit that you don’t really know, have no proof of any of this wild pro-Trump speculation. You even have a standard pro-Republican and Trump face, with your negative attitude showing. This is sad.

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