Color rev­o­lu­tions

Kyiv Post - - OPINION -

Fox News and other pro-Don­ald Trump pro­pa­ganda out­fits are sound­ing more like the Krem­lin ev­ery day. They have re­cently warned that a “color revo­lu­tion” is un­der way to over­throw Trump if he wins re-elec­tion to a new four-year term on Nov. 3, 2020.

That term has been used deroga­to­rily by Krem­lin pun­dits and Rus­sian dic­ta­tor Vladimir Putin to spin lies about the popular up­ris­ings in Ge­or­gia, in 2003, and in Ukraine, in 2004 and 2014, to press for po­lit­i­cal change. Dic­ta­tors think alike. Putin, Xi Jin­ping, Alexan­der Lukashenko, Vik­tor Or­ban, Mo­ham­mad Bin Sal­man, Bashar al-As­sad and all other il­le­git­i­mate lead­ers live in fear that the peo­ple will or­ga­nize and as­sert their demo­cratic rights. So they re­lent­lessly sup­press popular up­ris­ings, demon­stra­tions, free­dom of speech and the press and, worst of all, mur­der op­po­nents. All of them run their na­tions like mafia bosses and klep­to­crats, putting crony­ism ahead of na­tional in­ter­ests, get­ting rich while their na­tions sink deeper into poverty.

Many of these dic­ta­tors sup­port the re-elec­tion of Trump. The Amer­i­can pres­i­dent has done more in four years to un­der­mine U.S. democ­racy and dam­age the coun­try’s image abroad than per­haps any pres­i­dent in his­tory.

“Of all the Krem­lin talk­ing points these guys have re­cy­cled, I didn’t think I’d ever see this one picked up. I was wrong,” tweeted Michael Car­pen­ter, se­nior direc­tor of the Bi­den Cen­ter for Diplomacy and Global En­gage­ment at the University of Penn­syl­va­nia and a former U.S. as­sis­tant de­fense sec­re­tary who knows Eastern Europe and Rus­sia well.

An ex­am­ple of the type of peo­ple spout­ing this non­sense: Former Trump speech­writer Darren Beat­tie, fired af­ter CNN re­vealed his ties to white na­tion­al­ists, went on Fox News to ac­cuse the U.S. “deep state” na­tional se­cu­rity ap­pa­ra­tus of over­throw­ing regimes it op­posed in Eastern Europe, pre­sum­ably in­clud­ing Ukraine. Hav­ing lived through both Ukrainian rev­o­lu­tions, we know better: These were gen­uinely popular up­ris­ings, the first against a rigged pres­i­den­tial elec­tion and the sec­ond against an at­tempt to turn away from the Euro­pean Union by Krem­lin-backed klep­to­crat Vik­tor Yanukovych. The rev­o­lu­tions had sup­port from the West be­cause stand­ing up for Ukrainian demo­cratic as­pi­ra­tions is the right moral stance.

It’s no mys­tery why dic­ta­tors and au­to­crats want Trump to re­main in the White House. He ex­cuses their hu­man rights abuses, cheers them on in their sup­pres­sion and mur­der of jour­nal­ists and loves cor­rup­tion -- as long as the Trump fam­ily shares in the spoils.

Hun­gar­ian Prime Min­is­ter Vik­tor Or­ban on Sept. 21 pub­licly en­dorsed Trump, ac­cus­ing Democrats of “moral im­pe­ri­al­ism.” Ac­tu­ally, he’s ac­cus­ing them of stand­ing up against au­to­crats like him, which the world should do.

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