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Mapping the MAGA scheme to sellout America to Putin

Tucker Carlson is in Russia to interview Putin. He’s already doing the bidding of the Kremlin. - CNN

MAGA Republicans block aid to Ukraine, an American ally in its fight to protect democracy from Russia's invasion. Trump calls Putin is a genius. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) cripples American military readiness by blocking promotions...

What's going on here? When in doubt, follow the money! Use this StoryMap to understand the MAGA Plan to sellout America to Putin in six installments. Why does Putin have such a strong hold on MAGA Republicans? What is Kompromat? Sexpionage? What can you do to stop the MAGA sellout and protect American democracy?

Mapping the MAGA scheme to sellout America to Putin

Tucker Carlson Putin's propagandist

"Carlson implied that US news organizations are not interested in telling the Russian story, The Wall Street Journal’s Evan Gershkovich sits in a prison for doing precisely that. Putin not only has declined to participate in interviews with the free press, but over the past two years he has waged a war against the media, locking up journalistsfining Big Tech companies for hosting “fake” information about the Ukraine invasion, and pushing through censorship laws that clamp down on news organizations.

“It is most striking to see Carlson justify his interview with Putin and trip to Russia as the work of a journalist — at a time when Western journalists are literally sitting in jail for having done nothing wrong other than seeking to report independently in Putin’s Russia, not to mention the many Russian journalists who face imprisonment or exile in the effort to continue their work,” Susan Glasser, the New Yorker writer who previously served as The Washington Post’s Moscow bureau co-chief, told CNN. “Real journalism, unfortunately, is a crime in Putin’s Russia,” Glasser added. “Will his report from there acknowledge this?” - CNN

Fox News spreads Russian propaganda and disinformation

A Russian Word Americans Need To Know: 'Kompromat'

"Kompromat is straight from the old Soviet playbook and has often involved photographs and videos — real or fake. Russians often use it for internal battles, though it is also deployed to blackmail foreign diplomats serving in Russia. A diplomat lured into an affair might be willing to quietly cooperate with the Russia government rather than having a career and marriage upended.

Now there are unverified claims that Russia may have compromising material on President-elect Donald Trump. NPR and other news organizations have reported on the existence of the allegations since the story broke Tuesday evening. NPR has not reported the details since they are unproven." - NPR

Follow the money and sexpionage to see how Putin has such a strong hold over MAGA Republicans

Sexpionage

"Former KGB General Oleg Kalugin was once asked why so many Russian spies used sex in their work, intelligence historian H. Keith Melton recalls. Kalugin’s reply was simple: "In America, in the West, occasionally you ask your men to stand up for their country. There’s very little difference. In Russia, we just ask our young women to lay down." - Foreign Policy

Maria Butina sexpionage. Mariia Butina, who prosecutors say lived a double life by using sex and a love of guns to infiltrate American political organizations, like the National Rifle Association, in order to advance Moscow’s agenda. The court filing alleged Butina secretly communicated with Russian intelligence operatives and Kremlin-linked billionaires while simultaneously cultivating links with right-wing activists and Republican Party members. “The defendant’s covert influence campaign involved substantial planning, international coordination, and preparation,” prosecutors wrote. - Time

Sexpionage

Maria Butina was charged with carrying out a years-long conspiracy to work covertly in the United States as a Russian agent was ordered to remain jailed after prosecutors insisted she was a flight risk in a salacious 29-page court filing.

Mariia Butina, who prosecutors say lived a double life by using sex and a love of guns to infiltrate American political organizations, like the National Rifle Association, in order to advance Moscow’s agenda. The court filing alleged Butina secretly communicated with Russian intelligence operatives and Kremlin-linked billionaires while simultaneously cultivating links with right-wing activists and Republican Party members. “The defendant’s covert influence campaign involved substantial planning, international coordination, and preparation,” prosecutors wrote. - Time

Putin influences Republican policies with donations through Russian oligarchs

As Trump nears renomination by his party in 2024, the displays of loyalty to him have become ever more obligatory for Republicans. Solidarity with Ukraine has faltered as support for Trump has consolidated. Make no mistake: If Republicans in Congress abandon Ukraine to Russian aggression, they do so to please Trump. Every other excuse is a fiction or a lie. - The Atlantic

TakeAway: Stop the MAGA sellout to Putin. Vote for President Biden and Democrats.

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