President Donald Trump’s July 4th celebration and military parade, “Salute to America”, has been the apple of his eye since he took office but journalists with the Russian state media found the whole affair to be laughable, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.
The hosts of Russian television’s “60 Minutes” program, which airs on Rossiya 1, hosts Yevgeny Popov and Olga Skabeyeva made fun of the quality of tanks rolling into Washington, DC, and laughed that this was something you’d see in “Putin’s America.”
Popov said, “The greatest parade of all times is going to be held today in Washington, that is what our Donald Trump has said. The American president announced he would show us the newest tanks… these are Abrams and Sherman tanks, used during World War II and withdrawn from service in 1957.”
Skabeyeva chimed in and pointed out, “The paint on these vehicles is peeling off. There are no cannons, and their optics have been glued on with adhesive tape.”
“The paint on these vehicles is peeling off. There are no cannons, and their optics have been glued on with adhesive tape.”Russian TV host Olga Skabeyeva
Skabeyeva even took to Twitter with laughing emoji’s and footage of the parade preparations saying, “Tanks in the streets of Washington, Trump is preparing for the parade. Putin’s America.”
Julia Davis, a writer who specializes in Russian disinformation tactics, said via Twitter that Russian state news also described Trump’s celebration and parade of “rusty tanks” as “low energy” and “weak.”
Russia’s state TV is obsessively bashing Trump’s “low energy,” “weak” parade with “rusty tanks.” The hosts LOL at Trump’s claim about “revolutionary war airports” & other historical flubs. “There’s your city upon a hill, there’s your world leader—and Martians have been defeated.” pic.twitter.com/wiw2OcFCLN— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) July 5, 2019
One thing worth noting about this whole ordeal is that NOTHING goes on a Russian “news” show without being given the “ok” by President Vladimir Putin so this poking fun might come as a shock to Trump and his supporters alike who consider Putin an ally. But if we have learned anything from the 2016 Russian interference scandal, it is that nothing is off limits from Putin but maybe more frightening is that nothing is off limits from our own President. Could this be just another ruse to plant seeds of doubt into a frenzied American electorate?