Putin reasserts his authority over Trump, reminding him where his true loyalties lie
MOSCOW, Sept 30 (Reuters): The Kremlin said on Monday that Washington would need Russian consent to publish transcripts of phone calls between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. That’s not a statement of fact from the Kremlin. The U.S. remains a sovereign nation, Trump’s efforts notwithstanding. No, that’s a direct warning to Trump. It’s an assertion that Putin made him, and that he can break him
This isn’t a crisis of ‘civility’ – it’s the right whipping up violence
As well as the murder of Jo Cox and other attacks, several rightwing plots have been foiled, and the police now say Britain’s fastest-growing terror threat is from the far right, which is bombarding public figures with threats of violence and death on a daily basis and harassing them on the street. Hate crimes based on race have doubled, and on religion they have increased five-fold in the last 6 years. Boris Johnson’s defenders claim that objections to his rhetoric – whether it be of a “surrender bill” or “betrayal” – are simply hypocritical over-sensitivity from political opponents who are themselves not averse to hyperbolic rhetoric.
But the difference is context: the far right openly sees Johnson’s language as legitimising its cause, lauding his tirades against what they describe as the “traitors in parliament”. Even his own sister has described his rhetoric as “tasteless”, and his former colleague Amber Rudd says it “legitimises violence”. That’s before we discuss how a rightwing press - which dominates Britain’s media - has popularised terms such as enemies of the people, saboteurs
and “traitors”, whipped up bigotry towards Muslims, refugees, migrants and trans people....
The Decline of the West - Boris Johnson takes to the airwaves to lie, lie and lie again / Donald Trump has now said more than 10,000 untrue things as president
Someone accused the US president of rape. The media shrugged
In Moscow, Riyadh and Washington, this is the age of the shameless lie