Russian President Vladimir Putin was practically radiant as he left a Russian Orthodox Christmas Eve service on Wednesday. Speaking to reporters on state television, he gushed about “the anticipation of a miracle” that can get a person through any difficult period in their life. Putin was not talking about the United States, of course, but he could just as well have been: the outgoing American president had just presented the Kremlin with the biggest Christmas present imaginable by inciting a violent insurgency. Hundreds of Trump supporters descended on Capitol Hill, launching a brazen attack that tainted America’s most treasured symbol of democracy and attempting to overturn the outcome of an election in favor of their conspiratorial idol.
Russian state media had played their own part in amplifying Donald Trump’s baseless allegations of electoral fraud and gleefully predicting that post-election violence would inevitably follow. “There will be blood,” Russian lawmakers and state media officials said, a prospect they deemed “excellent”.
And indeed, there was blood. Vesti Journalist Denis Davydov was in the thick of it, interviewing sweaty seditioners with bloody knuckles between their attempts to storm Capitol Hill. “The United States has never experienced anything like this,” Davydov noted. In his report for VestiUS correspondent Valentin Bogdanov asserted that the violence is not over: “If the Democrats have taken control of Congress and the Senate, it does not mean that they can control the minds of the people. January 6, 2021 is forever on the American political calendar. For some, it’s a dark date they’ll try to forget. For others, it’s a day to remember – or perhaps one to repeat. “
Political scientist Yury Rogulyov told state broadcaster Rossiya-24: “The discontent will remain, the divisions will continue, but the big question is how far the Republicans will follow in Trump’s footsteps. If they do, the crisis will be prolonged, and America’s recovery – if it is even possible – will take time.
Lamenting the election of Joe Biden, leading Russian state media took comfort in believing that Trump burned the United States when he left by discrediting the American electoral system and democracy as a whole. The failed insurgency provided even more fuel for the blaze. Instead of condemning an attempted coup – fueled by blatant disinformation – Russian officials have joined with Trump and his Republican aides in undermining the integrity of the U.S. election. Addressing the foiled coup, Maria Zakharova, official spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, blamed the “archaic” electoral system and the American media – not President Trump’s inflammatory message.
Russian state television channels have followed the official line with precision, defending Trump and baselessly slandering the US election. “Democrats accuse Trump of undermining democracy, but democracy in the United States ended in an unverifiable and unreliable postal vote. Democracy ended with the archaic and non-transparent electoral system in the United States, ”said Igor Kozhevin, host of the state television news program. Vesti on the chain Rossiya-1. His program included clips from Fox News, the message of which during the Trump years became almost indistinguishable from state-owned Kremlin-controlled media.
But even the pro-Trump Kremlin media were forced to admit that the current US president wasted any legacy he might have had by repeatedly attempting to overturn the presidential election result: “C ‘is one humiliation after another, “assumed Vesti. The program’s US correspondent, Valentin Bogdanov, predicted that Trump “could soon be declared insane, accused of being a spy or thrown in jail.” State television programs have repeatedly hinted at the possibility of Trump eventually seeking asylum in Russia, pointing out that this is a very serious matter and not some sort of sick joke. The Kremlin-controlled media have questioned who will represent the Republican Party in the next presidential election, openly doubting President Trump “will have the stomach for another presidential race” after his ignominious defeat in 2020.
Regardless of what happens to Trump, Russian propagandists find it comforting to know that the divisive rhetoric and deliberate misinformation of their favorite US president has inflicted lasting damage on America – and cast a dark shadow over democracy, which was once an example for other countries. Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda argued: “The United States has long insisted that this is perhaps the only standard of democracy and order. But the inability of the US political system to transfer power peacefully and legally from one presidential team to another has torn the fragile veil of a failed example of democracy that has been carefully imposed on Americans and the world. Political scientist Igor Shatrov added: “The showcase is shattered, shattered. It will be patched up, but the most valuable thing has been stolen from display: confidence in America’s democratic institutions.
It’s hard to imagine a bigger Christmas present for Putin.
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