Letters to the Editor

LETTER: Putin owns the U.S.

Putin owns the U.S.

To the Editor:

The documentaries “The Great Hack” and “Active Measures” showed how Vladimir Putin, the former KGB mastermind, attacked our democracy and elections in “sweeping and systematic fashion” in 2016 to help install his preferred candidate in the White House, and he did so with diabolical precision. His coordination with the Mercer/Bannon use of Cambridge Analytica data to target “the persuadables” with propaganda, lies and misinformation, hatred, and fear-mongering was well-coordinated with the Trump campaign.

Using that polling data, Putin knew he could help elect a known lifelong racist, pathological liar, con man and fraud by targeting and duping just enough (70,000 in three states) gullible low-information voters to win the Electoral College with a minority of the popular vote. 

Putin knew the elevation of a lifelong racist like Trump also gave carte blanche to the neo-Nazi, white supremacist, KKK and right-wing terrorists to carry out their genocidal campaign against their own fellow citizens of different ethnic, color, religious or political affiliations. As witnessed in the manifestos of these mass murderers, who used Trump’s own racist demagoguery and demonization as their flash point to terrorism.

We are now warned by our own intelligence agencies of the rise of American right-wing fascists, who are well armed with assault weapons and wish to “Make America White Again” though violence and intimidation of the minorities and immigrants, who helped make America the greatest, most diverse nation on Earth.

Aided by a Republican Congress, funded by Russian oligarchs via the NRA, who are complicit co-conspirators to this rise of these American fascists, Putin is realizing his goal of “divide and conquer” to destroy America from within, without firing a single missile. Every citizen, Republican or Democrat, must unite and fight this International Cabal of Putin-sponsored neo-Nazis that are destroying our democracy, Constitution and rule of law and thus our nation from inside. In 2020, Americans will choose between fascism or democracy. So, pick a torch, America! The Statue of Liberty’s or the tiki torch of neo-Nazis chanting “Jews will not replace us.” 

Bob Janz

McHenry

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