In 1980s, Soviets saw Bernie Sanders as opportunity for propaganda campaign

In 1980s, Soviets saw Bernie Sanders as opportunity for propaganda campaign
Mayor Sanders on official duties, 1988. Video via Twitter

[Ed. – You’d have to be a little thick to not just assume that.  But the interesting thing is that NYT, which generally embraced Soviet propaganda in the 1980s, is giving this a mildly critical treatment in 2020.  They apparently trotted this story out now to try and turn voters away from Bernie in the primaries, so that Joe Biden will get the nod.  Once an outcome has been determined in Milwaukee, I’m sure we’ll never hear about this again.]

President Trump is considered by many Democrats to be a KGB agent, and he’s done nothing other than beat Hillary Clinton in the most stunning upset in political history. There is zero evidence of Trump-Russia collusion. Zero. That narrative has been killed three times now. …

What is true about Bernie is that his pilgrimage to the USSR led to him becoming the focus of a propaganda campaign. It’s all detailed in a lengthy piece in The New York Times (via NYT):

The mayor of Burlington, Vt., wrote to a Soviet counterpart in a provincial city that he wanted the United States and the Soviet Union to “live together as friends.”

Unbeknown to him, his desire for friendship meshed with the efforts of Soviet officials in Moscow to “reveal American imperialism as the main source of the danger of war.”

That mayor was Bernie Sanders, and the story of his 1988 trip to the Soviet Union has been told before. But many of the details of Mr. Sanders’s Cold War diplomacy before and after that visit — and the Soviet effort to exploit Mr. Sanders’s antiwar agenda for their own propaganda purposes — have largely remained out of sight.

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