US media is reporting on claims by a filmmaker who has documented Russian propaganda that of all the US leaders, former President Donald Trump mostly closely fits the Kremlin’s anti-West narrative. According to a Business Insider report:
A filmmaker who has extensively documented Russian propaganda said this week that of all the US leaders, former President Donald Trump fit “neatly” into the Kremlin’s anti-West narrative. In an interview with The Washington Post, Maxim Pozdorovkin — whose award-winning documentary “Our New President” follows Trump’s election in 2016 as depicted by Russia’s state-linked media — gave his take on Moscow’s long-standing propaganda campaign against the US and the West. Pozdorovkin told The Post that in the decade leading up to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Russians had been fed the same message “over and over” by President Vladimir Putin’s government that the West was constantly attempting to “stifle and destroy” their society. He said Trump “fits neatly” in Moscow’s propaganda efforts because he could be portrayed as the “one American leader who wasn’t trying to destroy the Russian way of life.” In the context of that narrative, Pozdorovkin said, the domestic backlash that Trump faced in the US — no matter the real reason — could be framed as being fueled by anti-Russia interests. “It’s been an information war — a totally one-sided information war — and it has been waged so fully and artfully that it’s made a lot of what’s happening now preemptively possible,” he told the outlet. “The Russian media has been totally shadowboxing for years; no one was fighting back,” he said later in the interview. “But that doesn’t really matter. If you ingrain this message of victimhood so completely, what it does is when there’s any kind of Putin aggressive action, as there is now, a lot of people in Russia don’t see it as aggressive. “They just see it as standing up for their way of life.” Trump and Putin met five times during Trump’s presidency, though details of these meetings were handled secretively, as The New York Times reported in 2019. Trump’s dealings with Russia and apparent openness toward Russian help during his 2016 presidential campaign attracted wide scrutiny during much of his presidency.
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The Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported last October on a warning by the US Department of Homeland Security that Russian influence actors were attempting to promote claims by then-President Trump that mail-in voting will lead to widespread voter fraud.