Perhaps Donald Trump will be driven from office because of the much-ballyhooed claims by the Democrats that he and his cohorts colluded with Russians in stealing the 2016 election. So far the hard evidence is underwhelming, but really, who’s calling the kettle black? Ironically, outrage is emanating from the very nation that has led the world in meddling in other nations’ elections.
It seems to have taken a backseat in history books, but American money helped launch Vladimir Putin’s rise to power. In 1996 the pro-West Boris Yeltsin, who had a low approval rating, was running against a candidate from what remained of the old Soviet Union’s Communist Party. Thanks to a well-financed media blitz and dirty tricks, Yeltsin won, only to unexpectedly resign and appoint Putin as his successor.
But irony has never effectively tempered a witch hunt once it is fully underway. Even though communism is dead as a doornail in Russia, a little Red-baiting goes a long way for Democrats still in shock from losing the White House to a buffoon of an opponent. The problem is that when it comes to finding impeachable offenses, Trump’s foreign connection may actually be to the State of Israel, which the Democrats are loath to attack, rather than Russia.