Ever since Trump took the White House, the establishment has been dredging up old Russophobic fears to attack anyone who doesn’t toe the party line. It seems like anyone in power who offers a different opinion, is immediately labeled a Russian agent, and accused of having ties to Putin. These accusations are now being thrown around so flippantly that they are losing their power and meaning.
Take for instance what recently happened on the Senate floor between Rand Paul and John McCain. While McCain was arguing in favor of letting the nation of Montenegro join NATO, which obviously would stoke more tensions between the US and Russia, he criticized Senator Paul for not backing the bill by saying that “You are achieving the objectives of Vladimir Putin,” and that if anyone opposes the bill, “they are now carrying out the desires and ambitions of Vladimir Putin and I do not say that lightly.”
Rand Paul responded by raising an objection, and leaving the room without saying a word. McCain then doubled down on his hysterical rhetoric. “The only conclusion you can draw when he walks away is he has no argument to be made. He has no justification for his objection to having a small nation be part of NATO that is under assault from the Russians. So I repeat again, the senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin.”