What’s with the Putin-loving people of the Trumpservative Party? “There is no connection between Donald Trump and Russia,” said the Trump spokesperson emphatically. “None. Nada. Zip. Ziltch.”

Opinion: From Russia with Trump
Editor’s Note: this is a satirical article. No actual interview took place.

“So,” I asked, “Trump’s razor-thin victory in the 2016 election wasn’t in part due to actions from the former Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic?”

“That’s right,” he said. “There was no involvement by Rossiyskaya Federatsiya. None whatsoever.”

“Wait, what? Did you just say Rossiyskaya Federatsiya?”

“No, I said Russia.”

“I’m pretty sure you said–”

“Hey, look, I was talking about Russia, okay? Russia. C’mon, you know I was talking about Russia, I know I was talking about Russia, everybody knows I was talking about Russia.”

“And also about how there’s no Trump-Russia connection,” I prompted.

“Right. Now, let’s order.”

We were meeting for lunch in a restaurant known for dishes from around the world.

“Good idea,” I said, catching the eye of a waiter. “I’ll have the Spanish omelette, please.”

“I’ll have borsht,” he said. “And the beef stroganoff.”

“Aren’t those traditional Russian dishes?”

“No,” he said. “Now, what did you want to ask me about the incoming Trump apparatchik?”

“The what?”

“The incoming Trump administration.”

“Oh, right,” I said. “Well, what can you tell me about how some of the Trump campaign staff had ties to Putin and to factions in the Ukraine?”




“Oh come on,” I insisted.

“Look,” he said, “there’s nothing to tell. The media comes up with these crazy stories sometimes, but that’s all just fantasy.”

“Fantasy?” I asked.

“Right,” he said. “Like the people say, it is the merest of dust bunnies wafting with permission through the people’s airspace above Chernobyl.”

“I don’t know anyone who says that,” I pointed out.

“You will,” he said ominously. “Meanwhile, try some of this Wodka.”



“But you said–”

“No I didn’t.”

I stared at him for a moment. He seemed unconcerned. I decided to try continuing the interview on a different topic. “Okay,” I said, “can you give me some idea of the plans Trump has for working with Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell?”

“Sure,” he said. “Paul and Mitch will do as they’re told, or else.”

“Or else what?”

“They know,” he said ominously.

“This isn’t clearing things up at all,” I protested.

“Well,” he replied, “it’s good to have a little suspense, don’t you think?”

“Suspense is fine in a mystery novel but not so nifty in a nation’s policies towards the economy, labor, finance, manufacturing, equality, voting rights, human values…”

“Yeah, yeah, yeah, we’re into all that.”

“You are?”

“Sure, all that’s good. Great, even. That’s all terrific stuff. But look, there are big plans for America and the Trump administration expects respectful behavior from members of the Politburo.”

“The what?”

“Congress,” he said.

“You said Politburo.”

“No I didn’t,” he stated. “Don’t be silly,” he added.

“I recorded it.”


“See this pen?” I asked. “It’s a digital recorder. Listen…” I played back part of our conversation. It was quite clear that he said Politburo.

“That’s just a typical media trick,” he scoffed.

“Wait, you’re saying that a writer proving something is just some sort of media trick?” I said incredulously.

“Sure,” he said.

“How do you figure that?” I asked.

“It is eerily reminiscent of a show trial.”


“Or a re-education camp.”


“Or a Gulag.”

“Now wait just a min–”

“Or a death squad.”

“Hold it, hold it, hold it,” I said. “It is not the same! It’s not the same at all. And besides, we don’t have things like that in the United States.”

“Not yet,” he said ominously.


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Editorial Note: Be aware this series of political articles may/likely contain intentional satire, by author John Scott G, and not fully based on actual fact (aside from some of the stupider things, which are sadly 100% factual). Hopefully you can tell the difference?

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