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Turning To Nigel Farage?

July 15, 2018

Editor: The constant procession of outrageous behaviors by the Trump administration makes it difficult to focus on perhaps the most important of them all: their systematic effort to undermine American democracy. A recent announcement by the Barletta Senate campaign brings this issue to the fore — one Nigel Farage is wending his way from London to Harveys Lake to appear at a Barletta campaign fundraiser. Farage is a British politician who helped Vladimir Putin accomplish one of his primary goals — weakening the European Union by championing Britain’s exit from it — an election being investigated in Britain for possible Russian meddling. In our country, Farage is being investigated as a possible conduit between the Trump campaign and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Wikileaks published the Clinton emails hacked by the Russians in the 2016 presidential campaign. There is absolutely no doubt that Russia influenced that election in favor of Donald Trump. Even the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee says so. Nor is there any doubt that Russia did so with the cooperation of the Trump campaign — at least 72 separate contacts between that campaign and Russian operatives have already been catalogued. Trump is enamored of authoritarian, anti-democratic rulers, especially Putin, whom he described as “fine” at a recent political rally. Fine? Putin’s government has shot down a commercial airliner over Europe, poisoned several people in Britain with a nerve agent, carries out daily cyber attacks on U.S. infrastructure, annexed Crimea, invaded eastern Ukraine, murders dissidents, journalists and spies and continues to deliberately bomb civilians in Syria. By accepting help from the unabashedly pro-Putin Farage and clinging to the skirts of pro-Putin Trump, Barletta has clearly chosen to align himself with the authoritarians who, like Putin, will curtail our freedoms if given the chance. We can’t afford to risk Barletta in the U.S. Senate. John Wills RICE TWP.

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