The magazine’s article, titled ‘Prump Tutin’ is a wacky conspiracy theory
Crazy conspiracy theories are not exclusive to just alternative media, and New York Magazine may have just proved this with the most ‘tinfoil hat’ ‘Russiagate’ conspiracy theory yet: Trump has been a Russian agent since 1987.
So Donald Trump has been covertly working with Russia for the past 30 years?
The magazine’s article, titled ‘Prump Tutin’, is the featured story in this week’s print issue, openly suggesting that unproven allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in 2016 are actually true.
“A case like this presents an easy temptation for conspiracy theorists, but we can responsibly speculate as to what lies at the end of this scandal without falling prey to their fallacies,” writes the author of the article Jonathan Chait.
He then proceeds to tighten his tinfoil hat by presenting almost 80 paragraphs of the wackiest conspiracy theories, alleging that President Donald Trump has, in fact, been a Russian agent since 1987.
According to RT: It all goes back to Trump’s visit to what was then still the Soviet Union. Under Mikhail Gorbachev, the USSR was beginning to open up and Western investors were eyeing up a potentially lucrative market.
Trump nosed around, discussed building a hotel in Moscow with Soviet officials, and returned home to his gold-encrusted penthouse.
The Moscow hotel never came to fruition.
He did, however, take an active interest in politics upon his return, when he dropped his affiliation with the Democratic party and became a Republican.
‘The Donald’ spent almost $100,000 on a series of newspaper ads blasting America’s NATO spending, a line he still repeats on Twitter to this day.
In the meantime, the Soviet Union collapsed and the Russian Federation was born; the KGB became the FSB; the US went through a Clinton, two Bushes, and an Obama administration; and Russia went through shock therapy of plunging into capitalism under Boris Yeltsin who won his second term with the help of Western experts, and enjoyed growth and stability in early 2000s not without the help of the oil prices.
Putin has been at the helm of the country since 1999. Russia-US relations ebbed and flowed in those three decades, but one Russian objective remained, Chait argued: Make Donald Trump president.
Chait asserts that Russia bugged Trump doing something incriminating during his visit, and blackmailed him into the presidency almost 30 years later.
The slew of false accusations leveled against Trump in the ‘Steele Dossier’ last year – including the famous charge that Trump paid prostitutes to urinate on a bed that Barack Obama once slept on – are cited as proof that the Russians are capable of this.
Trump’s own sexual appetites are also used as proof.
Did you know that he once attended an event in a Las Vegas venue that ‘sometimes’ hosted shows with a gratuitous sexual theme?
And that he “acts like someone with something to hide.”
According to Chait, the ‘pee pee tapes’ are not a bizarre liberal fantasy, but a real piece of incriminating evidence.
Every spurious tie between Trump and Russia is bundled together into one convenient, incoherent narrative:
Trump hired Putin to hack voting machines; Russian trolls got their instructions direct from Trump Tower; Russia funds the NRA.
Thankfully, with so many accusations flying around, there’s a handy infographic to help readers keep track of all the collusion.
The United States is spending far more on NATO than any other Country. This is not fair, nor is it acceptable. While these countries have been increasing their contributions since I took office, they must do much more. Germany is at 1%, the U.S. is at 4%, and NATO benefits…….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2018
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) July 9, 2018
frankly, @NYMag is better than this. what the hell were you thinking? this is a tweet storm, not an essay.
— Hannah Gais (@hannahgais) July 9, 2018
According to the graphic, Trump is linked to Putin, because Russian MMA fighter Fedor Emelianenko was signed by an MMA league Trump had a stake in.
Who has attended Emelianenko’s fights? Vladimir Putin.
“As Trump arranges to meet face-to-face and privately with Vladimir Putin later this month, the collusion between the two men metastasizing from a dark accusation into an open alliance, it would be dangerous not to consider the possibility that the summit is less a negotiation between two heads of state than a meeting between a Russian-intelligence asset and his handler,” he wrote.
Although praised by the anti-Trump #Resistance, New York Magazine’s article has been savaged by Trump supporters and some media figures, one of whom described it as “a tweet storm, not an essay.”
Conspiracy-mongering aside, what Chait’s article does make clear is that to #Russiagate fanatics, facts don’t matter.
The fact that a yearlong House Intelligence Committee report released in April found no evidence of collusion doesn’t matter.
Neither does the fact that after over a year and with almost $20 million spent, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has still uncovered no collusion.
As long as the wildest tales of ‘Russiagate’ are presented like a Tom Clancy spy thriller, Democrats, anti-Trumpers, and their allies in the media seem happy to keep turning the pages.
In case you forgot
A judge has tossed a lawsuit out of court that was alleging Donald Trump conspired with Russia and WikiLeaks to hack the DNC server and publish the emails of Hillary Clinton and John Podesta.
The case claimed that Trump was colluding to give his campaign the edge during the 2016 presidential race.
District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed the suit due to lack of evidence in the “flimsy” case, blasting it as nothing more than a “wild conspiracy theory.”
A large part of the lack of evidence was on basis of jurisdiction, with Judge Huvelle arguing that the plaintiffs did not successfully tie the Trump campaign’s actions to Washington D.C.