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Kremlin Cool on Trump Ad Lumping Putin With ISIS

Russians say would prefer if US electoral process could pass without references to their country

On Wednesday, Donald Trump released the first of what we assume will be many Hillary Clinton attack ads.

The video - which is admittedly amusing - begins with footage of judo Putin body slamming a sparring partner, and then cuts to a clip of Jihadi John’s successor pointing a pistol at the camera. Next, the ad cuts to a looped clip of Hillary barking like a dog before closing with a short video of Putin laughing. Of course in the original clips, Hillary was telling a story about a dog and Putin was laughing at a question about Syria, but that doesn’t matter. Political attack ads live and die by the degree to which they can effectively take things out of context and convey something to the electorate.

The jury is still out on how voters will react but we now know what Vladimir Putin thinks.

[Our] attitude is negative," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a teleconference with reporters.

"It's an open secret for us that demonizing Russia and whatever is linked to Russia is unfortunately a mandatory hallmark of America's election campaign," Peskov continued.

"We always sincerely regret this and wish the (U.S.) electoral process was conducted without such references to our country."

Peskov also said he “didn’t know for sure” if Putin had seen the clip, but something tells us he wouldn’t have spoken for the Kremlin if Putin hadn’t approved the message.

Russia is exceptionally sensitive to what it views as rampant Russophobia in American politics, culture, and film and generally accuses the US media and political establishment of deliberately turning the American people against anything Russian. Of course this has been going on on both sides since the Cold War, but that’s beside the point.

In any event, The Kremlin’s take on the ad underscores something peculiar about Trump’s ad. Generally, Trump has taken an upbeat tone on relations with Russia. “Wouldn’t it be nice if we got along with Russia?,” he asked a frenzied crowd last year. He also called apparent praise from Putin “a great honor.” In that context, calling Moscow one of Washington’s “toughest opponents” seems a bit out of place.

Meanwhile, China is also ratcheting up the rhetoric as a Trump nomination seems more likely. In an “Op-Ed” (i.e. a Party statement) published in the Global Times, the GOP frontrunner is branded “ a rich, narcissist , a clown, big-mouthed, anti-traditional, and abusively forthright.” It then tacitly compares him to Hitler and Mussolini. 

Although there’s a veiled attempt at real analysis, the message China is trying to send is laid bare in the final sentence:

The US had better watch itself for not being a source of destructive forces against world peace, more than pointing fingers at other countries for their so-called nationalism and tyranny.”

In other words: “Hey America, don’t be a nation of hypocrites.”


Source: Zero Hedge
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