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Donald Trump loves Russia and Russia loves Donald Trump. Right?
Not so fast.
The reporting on Russia’s reaction to (and alleged role in) Trump’s victory has been simplified and one-dimensional. It has sent otherwise intelligent people into a tailspin of conspiracy theories and, worse, a kind of new McCarthyism.
Things really went off the deep end when people began genuinely speculating that Trump is the product of a decades-long Kremlin plot to put a puppet in the White House.
Mistranslations of Vladimir Putin’s comments about Trump haven’t helped. When Putin called Trump “bright” or “colorful” — as in, a colorful …read more