A Closer Look At Donald Trump’s Links To The Russian Mob
Respected international policy journal Global Security has officially named Donald Trump the “Manchurian Candidate”, a shocking label for certain, but one they apply with a great deal of evidence to back it up. The stunning article reveals that Trump’s connections inside Russia go far deeper than what has been discussed in the mainstream media to date, and along a much darker path.
Trump’s associates have been a reason for alarm inside the United States as well as outside for some time. To date, during his run for the US Presidency, we’ve seen him receive support from war criminals, the extremest of extremists including the Ku Klux Klan, white supramacist and neo-nazi groups, members of far right-wing parties in Europe, and so on. And we’ve seen him welcome that support, making only the barest show of renouncing it only when the pressure to do so is too great.
Lately, his most controversial relationship has been the one he seems to have with Russia’s president Vladimir Putin. However, this relationship becomes even more worrisome considering, as Global Security pointed out, that his connections in Russia also extend to the country’s mafia. Something Trump and Putin have in common.
So what do they mean by “Manchurian Candidate?” As explained by Global Security,
“the term “Manchurian Candidate” has evolved into common day political usage to refer to someone who is secretly working for an opposing hostile interest.”
The term comes from The Manchurian Candidate, a spy thriller starring Frank Sinatra from 1962, which presented a scenario where a U.S. army platoon that was captured in Korea is held captive three days for intensive brainwashing in Manchuria. Once back in the U.S. as war heroes, one of the members, the character Raymond Shaw, is used by his mother and the Communists to promote her husband’s political career. In 2004, a new version starring Denzel Washington, with an updated plot came out.
But Could Trump Be The Real “Manchurian Candidate”?
Trump has claimed to have no ties whatsoever with Russia and not to have ever met the Russian president. He even tweeted some days ago “For the record, I have ZERO investments in Russia.” But then again, he’s also boasted in the past, as has his son Donald Trump Jr., of extensive business relationships with Russians.
In fact, his investments in Russia are unknown since the Republican has not released his financial documents. But in 2014, during a speech at CPAC Trump, he even boasted about knowing Putin and his advisers.
Indeed, Trump did sponsor a beauty pageant in Russia, in partnership with Russian oligarch Aras Agalarov, and even played a starring role in the oligarch’s pop-star son Emin’s music video.
Suspicions of the shadowy relations between Trump and Russia’s oligarchy and it’s dictator, Putin, have heightened since last year, when the Republican essentially received an endorsement from the Russian President. On the HBO show “Real Time with Bill Maher”, Salman Rushdie had already expressed his theory of Trump being a Manchurian candidate, but one that was intentionally planted by the Democrats in order to destroy the Republicans. But as outlandish as that is, there is another theory that is beginning to seem more and more likely – the theory that Trump actually is working for the interests of Russia’s oligarchy. And this is no wild eyed, Alex Jones style conspiracy theory – there’s solid evidence that this could well be true.
Let’s start withFelix Sater, whose father is a Russian Organized Crime boss, and who is one of the direct links between the Republican party Nominee for the Presidency of the United States of America, and Russian Organized Crime. Sater, the Russian émigré and a felon convicted twice over ties to the Mafia, has appeared in many photos with Trump, and reportedly carried a Trump Organization business card with the title of ‘Senior Advisor to Donald Trump’. Sater also served time in prison for a 1991 assault at El Rio Grande restaurant in New York. He is also an executive of Bayrock Group LLC, a real estate development firm that has partnered with Trump in different projects; the founding chairman of Bayrock, Tevfik Arif, is known for its ties with Russian organized crime. In 2010 he was even charged in Turkey for the crime of smuggling underage girls into the country for prostitution purposes (something, it’s worth noting, very similar to what Trump’s friend and fellow billionaire, the pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was convicted of – the same Jeffrey Epstein whom Trump is accused of raping a 13 year old girl with).
As explained by The Washington Post, there is also strong evidence on Trump’s businesses receiving significant funding from different Russian investors. In fact, in 2008, Donald Trump Jr. said at a conference:
“Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets… we see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”
Inside Moscow, he has never built a property, but not because he has not tried.
Trump’s advisers also have financial ties in Russia. Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign manager, got an investment fund for a Russian aluminium magnate who is now suing him saying Manafort disappeared with $19 million. He also tried to establish a multimillion-dollar real estate project with funds from a Ukranian energy tycoon, although this was unsuccessful, and worked as an adviser to Ukraine’s Putin-backed president. And Manafort may still be on the payroll of a pro-Putin Ukranian politician.
Indeed, there is evidence that the Trump campaign even flexed it’s muscles as the nominee’s campaign to alter the Republican Party platform in favor of Russia’s annexation of Crimea – something Trump has even said he would consider. And while the Trump campaign denies strong-arming the platform committee, high ranking Republicans insist it’s true.
Then there’s the matter of Trump directly asking Russia, America’s greatest adversary, to hack the computer systems of his rival politician and political party – and doing so right in front of the press! Which would have been the equivalent of Richard Nixon giving the order for the Watergate break-in from the podium of the White House – but not to the “White House Plumbers” – the covert crew Nixon used for his dirty work – but to the KGB.
Surely there is more to come. Where there is this much smoke, there just has to be fire.
Watch Donald Trump In A Music Video With Russian Pop Star Emin:
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