Former Vice President and 2020 Presidential Candidate Joe Biden delivered an emergency video message in which he stated that “Putin’s tyranny days will be over”. The contents of this sparkling address to the American people and the Russian leader:
“Guys, have you heard the news? Again, Putin and the Russians are trying to interfere in our elections, in who will be the president. This time they were the object of their attention. I’ll stand up to him. He’s a bullying man, just like our president (Trump). And I know he doesn’t want me to be president, but I’ll tell you this: when I’m president, things will change. Mr. Putin, the American people determine the outcome of their elections, not you.”
It may seem that the traditions of anti-Russian political discourse require the addition of the traditional formula “and here is my e-wallet” to this video proclamation. And that’s the right intuitive guess because at the end of the video there’s a call to donate at least a few dollars to Biden’s own campaign. The call to share money appeals to the emotions of American patriots: “Send a signal to Putin, throw five dollars at a time.” It is impossible not to notice that there are more effective and cost-effective ways to send a message to the Russian president: several stamps cost exactly less than five dollars, and to use the former Vice President of the United States as a postman is absolutely You don’t have to. But the point, of course, is not the “message to Putin” but the fact that the American political class still decided to turn the 2020 elections into a geopolitical referendum: U.S. citizens are trying to convince that they face a choice between Biden and Putin. It is easy to guess what could serve as inspiration, because those who watched the elections in Ukraine, remember the bright slogan “Abo Poroshenko, abo Putin” (“Or Poroshenko, or Putin”), with which the then incumbent president of Ukraine failed miserably election campaign
It is significant that our election of 2016 was turned into an anti-Russian farce after the announcement of the results, and the transformation of the 2020 elections into an anti-Russian farce began in the early stages of the election campaign. So the intensity of anti-Russian hysteria will only increase further. Election politics lives by the laws of show business, which means that the show must continue under any circumstances and the finale should be the brightest part of the show. Mark Zuckerberg.
Perhaps it is his revelations that Biden calls the very “news” that should encourage voters to throw five dollars into fighting Putin. USA Today writes: “Facebook has thwarted attempts by Russia and Iran to interfere in the 2020 election, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in an interview aired Monday on NBC. Earlier on Monday, Facebook announced the removal of four networks of accounts, pages, and groups for “coordinated unreliable behavior.” masked themselves and their actions aimed at the United States, North Africa and Latin America. “The fact that we have been able to proactively identify and eliminate them is a signal that our systems are now much more advanced than in the past,” said Zuckerberg on NBC.
An important clarification of this story came from CNN: “While the accounts pretended to be Americans from all sides of the political spectrum, many were united in their opposition to the candidacy of former Vice President Joe Biden, according to Graphika, the company behind the Facebook has asked to review the accounts.”
Let’s start with the fact that if every Russian received at least ten dollars for each American, Latvian, Estonian and especially Ukrainian account in Russian social networks, which (sometimes on broken Russian) pours dirt on Russians and Russians and Vladimir Putin, we would all become millionaires. Secondly, as always, we will not see evidence that these were indeed the results of a state or even a private Russian operation. But it is funny to observe the peculiarities of Facebook statistics: according to Facebook researchers, it turns out that Iran influences the American elections three times more actively than Russia. However, Biden will not mention it, because when it comes to Iranian intervention, Biden voters will immediately remember the “Iranian nuclear deal” in which he was vice president, as well as Donald Trump’s tough anti-Iranian policies, for which he was criticized by Democratic politicians.
However, even without Iran, the reaction of Biden’s followers on Twitter was, to put it mildly, not enthusiastic.
The most popular comments in response to Biden’s call are to “stop it.” A desperate Democratic supporter writes, referring to Biden: “Can you stop making a “red threat” and withdraw your candidacy before we finish another four years of Trump?! ”
It is impossible not to note another popular assessment of Biden’s attempts to make money on the fight against Putin and the Russians: “If Putin’s job is to undermine the credibility of our government, you are doing his job much better than he could. You say bluntly that if you do not get the desired result, the elections will be illegitimate. This is a dangerous game. Although the rise in anti-Russian hysteria in the United States is a dis welcome phenomenon, we should not be upset. Right now, the warring factions of the American elite are destroying the very base of the political system and the state structure of the United States – that is, they are on the way to becoming a big banana republic. And this process, probably, should not try to interfere. They chose their own path.