‘Trump-Putin Closeness Is Threat to American Democracy’
By Rakesh Raman
A new online project suggests that the stakes are enormous, as voting Trump / Pence in 2016 could lead to a Putin / Trump world in 2017.
“We believe Donald Trump’s lavish praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin, his criticism of our strategic NATO Alliance, and his campaign staff’s close financial ties to pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine put our national security interests at risk,” says Putin-Trump website.
It asks voters not to elect Trump as American president in the upcoming election.
The second and third presidential debates are being organized on October 9 and October 19 respectively. The date for the vice presidential debate between Tim Kaine and Mike Pence is October 4.
The U.S. presidential election is scheduled to take place Tuesday, November 8, 2016.
What is behind Trump’s unprecedented dalliance with a dictator? Why would he give a free pass to Russia’s annexation of the Crimea and possible moves against the Baltic States who are members of the NATO Alliance? These are the questions that the Putin-Trump site asks.
Earlier a similar project – called Dump Trump – was launched to scuttle Trump’s attempt to win the Republican presidential nomination.
“We seek to publish the answers to these troubling questions, while calling attention to this very real threat to American democracy,” says the Putin-Trump project, which is funded by the Progress for America Political Action Committee.
According to the site, this PAC is funded by supporters who believe this issue is centrally important to American democracy. It was launched by Internet entrepreneur Rob Glaser, founder of RealNetworks and an early employee at Microsoft.
The Putin-Trump Editorial Director is Bill Buzenberg, former head of the Center for Public Integrity, a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative news organization, and vice president of news for both National Public Radio and Minnesota Public Radio / American Public Media.