US media is reporting on comments by a US Republican congresswoman alleging what she describes as the “Putin wing of the Republican Party.” According to the Washington Post report:
Is there a “Putin wing of the GOP”? Rep. Liz Cheney says so. The Wyoming Republican made the charge this weekend, in reference to a former Trump administration official who openly sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Few Republicans are in that camp, of course. Most have roundly condemned Putin’s invasion and support aggressive actions against Russia in response. But Cheney’s formulation captures something essential about today’s GOP in a deeper sense. Cheney stands for the proposition that the Republican Party must fundamentally and permanently repudiate Donald Trump’s embrace of Putin if it is to take an off-ramp from the radicalization of the Trump years. Many Republicans are not willing to do this, and continue to hand-wave away the fact that as president, Trump sided with Putin against Ukraine, against the West and against democracy. In this sense, Cheney has captured a crucial truth about this moment. “This is the Putin wing of the GOP,” Cheney tweeted, in response to a widely shared segment in which Douglas Macgregor, a Pentagon official under Trump, insisted that Putin has been “too gentle.”
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The Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) recently published a report centered on a new and developing alliance between US conservatives and European nationalists, a potential means for Russia to exert covert influence in Europe and the US, using Hungary as a platform.
We have also been reporting on the continuing pro-Russian remarks of Fox News star Tucker Carlson who recently blamed the US for the Russian invasion of Ukraine.