The Protocols of the Elders of Zion: A Model for the GOP

//Trump and his Republican minions are once more caught red-handed acting as agents of Vladimir Putin.//

In her blockbuster testimony on November 21 before the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment hearings, Fiona Hill began by saying “I would ask that you please not promote politically driven falsehoods that so clearly advance Russian interests.”  She was referring to the Big Lie propagated by Republicans that Ukraine had interfered in the U.S. 2016 elections to help Hillary Clinton.  Hill stated the indisputable facts: “This false narrative  has been perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves.”

The Ukrainian fiction is right up there with The Protocols of the Elders of Zion as the pluperfect example of the ability of an intelligence service to create out of whole cloth a piece of black propaganda denigrating some group—and a have the gullible gobble it up because it says exactly what they want to hear. The Protocols existed for centuries because in an age of slow communications, lies always outran truth.

Trump and Republican leaders now trumpet a falsehood every bit as absurd as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The “Ukraine-interfered-in-American-elections” myth was debunked long before Trump used it in his phone call with the Ukrainian President in July 2019. The debunking received wide publicity. Any simple Google search would have revealed the truth. Trump and the Republicans continue to spread it because it serves their purposes, and they know the Republicans to whom it is directed are either too dumb and uninformed to know the lie, or—probably the bigger truth—just don’t give a damn.

Trump and his Republican minions, in short, are once more caught red-handed acting as agents of Vladimir Putin.

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