The Washington Post interviews Matteo Salvini, the head of Italy’s Northern League, who talks about Trump and who shares our hopes for improved foreign relations with Russia. Salvini met with Trump in April in Philadelphia:
“Q: How did Donald Trump’s victory affect the discussion in Italy?
A: Aside from my personal joy, that went to show that one can win against everyone, against the media, the economic system, the artists, the intellectuals, the singers and even against the lobbies within one’s own party. It’s a sign that the people can decide, that it can choose. This from a political perspective. Then there are concrete choices. Good relations with Russia are great news. Putting a stop to the [Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership] is great news. Defending American industry against the invasion of Chinese products. Renegotiating the role of NATO. And a similar approach on the issue of immigration. This is all great news.
Q: What kind of connections are you making with other right-wing parties elsewhere in Europe?
A: In Brussels we belong to a group that includes the [French anti-immigrant] National Front, [Austrian nationalist right-wing leader Heinz-Christian] Strache’s Freedom Party, [Dutch Euroskeptic Geert] Wilders’s Party for Freedom, the Romanians, the Poles, and we’re trying to form an alliance in order to change Europe. For instance, should Norbert Hofer win in Austria on Sunday, it would be more great news. …”
The New York Times interviews Norbert Hofer who talks about Trump and the prospect of improved foreign relations with Russia:
“Mr. Trump’s victory, Mr. Hofer said, has eroded any lingering inhibitions that Austrians may have had about openly supporting his candidacy, though that remained to be seen.
“With Trump’s victory, that barrier has loosened a bit,” Mr. Hofer said with evident satisfaction. …
But if Mr. Hofer has foes, he says, they are the misguided politicians who allow jihadists disguised as migrants into Austria and elsewhere in Europe, where his party’s leader sees “Islamification” underway.
In the interview, he repeatedly expressed hope that Mr. Trump’s victory will lead to relations’ being mended between the United States and Russia.
Sanctions against Moscow over its seizure of Crimea and meddling in Ukraine should be lifted, he said, “because they have not moved anything politically,” yet “have affected the economy and destroyed jobs.”
Vienna, a neutral meeting place for the Cold War superpowers, should once again host peace-seeking summits and foster economic cooperation with Russia, he said.
“If people and businesses work together economically, there is a greater understanding for the Russian and American and Austrian souls,” Mr. Hofer said.”
Who is the mastermind behind it all? The New York Times says it is Matt Heimbach. I’m not even joking. American foreign policy under Trump is a “dog whistle” to Trad Youth!
“As the founder of the Traditionalist Worker Party, an American group that aims to preserve the privileged place of whiteness in Western civilization and fight “anti-Christian degeneracy,” Matthew Heimbach knows whom he envisions as the ideal ruler: the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin.
“Russia is our biggest inspiration,” Mr. Heimbach said. “I see President Putin as the leader of the free world.”
Throughout the presidential campaign, Donald J. Trump mystified many on the left and in the foreign policy establishment with his praise for Mr. Putin and his criticism of the Obama administration’s efforts to isolate and punish Russia for its actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine. But what seemed inexplicable when Mr. Trump first expressed his admiration for the Russian leader seems, in retrospect, to have been a shrewd dog whistle to a small but highly motivated part of his base. …”
From home in Ohio last month, Mr. Heimbach described his visits to Europe as field trips that help him learn how to make the white nationalist movement in the United States a “real political force.” He also spoke about creating a broader, worldwide network, which he called, with a nod to Comintern, the old Communist International, “the Traditionalist International.”
In this, as in many things, Mr. Putin’s Russia, now the home of a new global alliance of far-right groups called the World National-Conservative Movement, was the template.
“Russia has already taken its place on the global stage by organizing national movements as counterparts to Atlanticist elites,” Mr. Heimbach said. “Intellectually, they’ve shown us how it works.”
Russians! Russians! Russians!
As much as I am flattered by the notion that Trump’s views on Russia are because of people like us, I seriously doubt that is the case. The Lügenpresse is cooking up another false narrative where everything Trump does is because of someone like Matt Heimbach or Richard Spencer. It is probably more like Trump doesn’t get why we are so bent on antagonizing Russia when the Cold War ended over twenty years ago.
What a time to be alive. Let’s hope for the best as the results come in from Europe.
Note: Since leftists are so easily triggered these days by Putin and Russians, why not embrace it? I’ve always thought it was one of the most beautiful nationl anthems.