A Politico Magazine article shows the real smoking-gun connection between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin: An influential Jewish organization that has “has suddenly taken on outsize importance” in both the White House and Moscow.
The article published Friday endeavors to show a link between Trump, who has many ties to Chabad through the New York real estate world and through his son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Putin, who is supported by several Russian Chabad mega-donors.
For months leading up to the 2016 election, countless left-leaning commentators pushed the narrative that Trump’s rise imitates the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich. “Over the past year I’ve been reading a lot about what it was like when Hitler first became chancellor,” MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said in October. “I am gravitating toward moments in history for subliminal reference in terms of cultures that have unexpectedly veered into dark places, because I think that’s possibly where we are.”
The fact that neo-Nazis and white supremacist groups threw their support behind Trump over every other candidate in the presidential race gave some credence to the charge that Trump was a Hitler-like figure. It’s laughable to think Trump is an anti-Semite given his increasing reliance on Kushner’s advice in the White House.
Perhaps Chabad, the international traditionalist movement that calls Jews to more actively live their religion, can fill in the missing link between alleged collusion between Trump and Putin when other ties between the two powerful men seem circumstantial. (RELATED: Dem Congressman Floats A Conspiracy Theory On Live TV, Offers No Evidence [VIDEO])
Considering the the two leaders’ ties to Chabad’s global network, “Trump Tower and Moscow’s Red Square can feel at times like part of the same tight-knit neighborhood,” Politico reporter Ben Schreckinger writes.
The web of ties includes real estate moguls who helped Trump win business deals with Russia, the Putin confidant Roman Abramovich who reportedly will benefit from the Keystone XL pipeline, and a friendship between the Kushners and Abramovich’s wife Dasha Zhukova.
Kushner’s devotion to Chabad is well documented, and Ivanka has also converted. When Ivanka and Jared chose their neighborhood in Washington, D.C., they picked a ritzy neighborhood close to “the city’s nearby Chabad synagogue,” called TheSHUL of the Nation’s Capitol, Schreckinger writes.
(It should be noted that The Daily Caller reported that Barack Obamas’ post-presidency domicile, which is around the corner from the Kushners, is a three-minute walk from a Mosque.)
“Trump’s sort of Jews” are also “Putin’s sort of Jews,” Schreckinger writes.
Reporters and lawmakers have looked for connections between the two leaders since last summer. Claims of Russian influence over Trump’s presidential campaign, and now his administration, have resulted in FBI investigations and congressional inquiries and allegations of collusion between the two powers.
The Chabad network is strangely important to both leaders at a time when Trump seeks improved U.S. relations with Putin, Schreckinger notes.
Now, with Trump in the Oval Office having proclaimed his desire to reorient the global order around improved U.S. relations with Putin’s government—and as the FBI probes the possibility of improper coordination between Trump associates and the Kremlin—that small world has suddenly taken on outsize importance.
Trump’s punishing missile strike on the Assad regime Thursday night seemed to cast doubt upon the claims that Trump is a Putin puppet, but doesn’t necessarily contradict theories that Trump is a Zionist puppet controlled by Kushner.
Chabad conspiracy theories are not at all new, but the the Zionist connection between Trump and Putin has not been widely explored in the mainstream press. A December article in alternative news website Distract The Media lays out the case that “Chabad-Lubavitch Controls Trump and Putin,” calling it “the biggest story never told.”
Jewish groups did not respond well to the Politico article. Implying that Chabad “is driving a conspiracy evokes age-old myths about Jews,” Jonathan Greenblatt, director of the Anti-Defamation League, said in a tweet.
Schreckinger leaves his readers to consider the import of connections between Trump and Putin through the global Chabab web. “To those unfamiliar with Russian politics, Trump’s world and Hasidic Judaism, all these Chabad links can appear confounding,” Schreckinger writes. “Others simply greet them with a shrug.”
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