Blaming Russia for America’s Alt-Right

In case you didn’t think that the anti-Russia movement in the United States had reached the point of ridiculousness, in light of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend, at least one man believes that there is a direct tie between Russia and America’s far right.

Here’s Jim Ludes’ tweet:

Here’s another one from August 12th:

He even goes on to quote a tweet from Molly McKew, a foreign policy consultant and writer at the Washington Free Beacon and former adviser to Mikheil Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia who has a strong anti-Russian bent as you can see in this listing of her contributions to the Kyiv Post and in this article at Politico: 

In case you were wondering who Jim Ludes is, he is a vice president of Public Research and Initiatives at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy.  Here is Dr. Ludes page from Salve Regina University:

Interestingly, Dr. Ludes was a member of president-elect Obama’s transition team in 2008 – 2009 and worked inside the Department of Defense, running the confirmation team for DoD nominees selected for the roles of Deputy Secretary of Defense,  Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Comptroller and General Counsel.  He has a long track record of working with the Democratic Party and has a strong anti-Trump bent as shown here:

He even feels that the secessionist movements in California and Texas are somehow linked to Russia:

 

I guess when you are anti-Russia, it’s easy to blame everything bad that happens in America on Putin and the Russian Federation.  It’s reminds me of the old saying, “When you only have a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”.

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