Once again a hero of the alt-left has criticized the Democratic Party while praising President Donald Trump. This time Noam Chomsky, no Tea Party Patriot he, asserts that the Democrats are making a seriously mistake attacking Trump on one issue where he is doing the right thing. In that Chomsky joins several other liberals, led by Stephen Cohen, a Russia expert who writes for The Nation.
On the agonizing question of interfering in elections—point raised yesterday by none other than Hillary Clinton—Chomsky finds it amusing:
The United States doesn’t just interfere in elections. It overthrows governments it doesn’t like, institutes military dictatorships. Simply in the case of Russia alone—it’s the least of it—the U.S. government, under Clinton, intervened quite blatantly and openly, then tried to conceal it, to get their man Yeltsin in, in all sorts of ways. So, this, as I say, it’s considered—it’s turning the United States, again, into a laughingstock in the world.
No fan of American foreign policy, Chomsky is arguing that the holier-than-thou attitude manifested by liberals and progressives is hypocritical.
As for dealing with Russia, Chomsky supports the Trump administration:
That’s—the tensions on the Russian border are extremely serious. They could escalate to a major terminal war. Efforts to try to reduce them should be welcomed. Just a couple of days ago, the former U.S. ambassador to Russia, Jack Matlock, came out and said he just can’t believe that so much attention is being paid to apparent efforts by the incoming administration to establish connections with Russia. He said, “Sure, that’s just what they ought to be doing.”
So, meanwhile, this one topic is the primary locus of concern and critique, while, meanwhile, the policies are proceeding step by step, which are extremely destructive and harmful. So, you know, yeah, maybe the Russians tried to interfere in the election. That’s not a major issue. Maybe the people in the Trump campaign were talking to the Russians. Well, OK, not a major point, certainly less than is being done constantly. And it is a kind of a paradox, I think, that the one issue that seems to inflame the Democratic opposition is the one thing that has some justification and reasonable aspects to it.
It does tell you that Congressional Democrats are clinging to this issue because they have nothing else to cling to. And they seem to have nothing else to offer.