Disinfo: Second civil war began in the USA

Summary

America has lost its landmarks, and a country that has lost its landmarks begins to distort and destroy its past. The second Civil War in the United States actually began.

Disproof

Part of recurring pro-Kremlin false messaging about a civil war in the US, earlier seen in relation with the migration crisis in the EU, aiming to show an imminent collapse of a certain country

The widespread protests against racial injustice and police brutality broke out in the US after the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis on 25 May 2020. The protests followed several high-profile incidents involving African Americans and the police, invoking debates about racism in the US. Despite high polarisation in the US, the unrest is not a civil war. The situation was very tense and protests spread to all 50 states of the country, top military officials and police officers worked to de-escalate the situation and demonstrations became largely peaceful. However, also violent confrontation continues. 

See more examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation about the racial justice protests in the US.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 206
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: US racial justice protests, Protest, Civil war

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Clinton and Biden are preparing a coup d’etat in the United States

Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden are preparing a coup d’etat in the United States.

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Here we are talking about the forceful elimination of political opponents, as well as members of their families and ordinary supporters of the Republican Party, who will not accept usurpation of power by Clinton. The coup will be covered up with another portion of anti-Russian rhetoric, and hatred towards supporters of Trump. Ukrainian scenario might repeat already not in Kyiv, but in Washington. 

Group of “unknown snipers” to create a “democratic heavenly hundred” will be easily found by the American directors of color revolutions, that is not a problem. — The electoral drama may turn into a real bloody tragedy.

Disproof

No evidence given of any coup preparations. Conspiracy theory about the upcoming US presidential elections using a recurring method of drawing parallels between Ukraine, Euromaidan, and the US 2020 elections.

Democratic candidate for US president, Joe Biden, warned of potential efforts by China and Russia to disrupt the November election.

The US sold patrol boats to Ukraine because it wants revenge in Crimea

The US sold 16 Mark VI patrol boats to Ukraine to reinforce the defence capabilities of the country. However, while both countries try to hide their intentions, it is clear that they both want revenge in Crimea. Washington is willing to help Ukraine to fight Russia in the sea. The US wants to undermine Russia’s national security with the sale of these boats. The US is helping Ukraine to increase its naval fleet in the Azov Sea in order to challenge Russia’s presence in Crimea. According to the Pentagon, this sale will reinforce Ukraine’s capabilities “to repeal current and future threats”, which doubtlessly is a reference to Russia. However, it has been Ukraine who threatened Crimea’s security in the last years.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Crimea and Ukraine, accusing other countries of taking aggressive actions in order to divert attention from its own violations of international law in the region.

The sale of 16 Mark VI patrol boats was approved in the frame of the US support strategy to improve the security of Ukraine, and on the understanding that this equipment doesn’t alter the basic military balance in the region. The boats are not designed for sea combat, but for force protection and supporting maritime intercept, search and seizure operations, among other tasks. This is an attempt to portray Ukraine and the US as the aggressors in Crimea when it was actually Russia’s illegal takeover of the territory in 2014 that triggered the current conflict.

The Obama Administration and the Calderon government supplied Mexican drug cartels with weapons

Two days before the visit of Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador to Washington, the US Ambassador to Mexico Christopher Landau reported that the US had delivered the answer requested by the Mexican government on the stinky operation Fast and Furious, through which the Obama Administration supplied Mexican drug cartels with 2,000 illegal weapons, with the acquiescence of then Mexican president Felipe Calderón. The high explosiveness of the Fast and Furious file may reach Obama and Calderon, which could have an effect in the November election in the US and the 2021 partial election in Mexico.

Disproof

The article is deliberately misleading about the failed Operation Fast and Furious portrayed as if the Obama Administration and the government of Felipe Calderón in Mexico had willingly provided weapons to Mexican drug cartels. In fact, Operation Fast and Furious was a failed attempt to track gun trafficking across the US-Mexican border. From 2009-2011, the Phoenix Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), along with other partners, allowed illegal gun sales in order to track the sellers and purchasers. Some of those weapons were later used in murderous shootings, including the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in Arizona. As controversial and scandalous as it may be, this is not the same as suggesting that the US and Mexican governments agreed to supply weapons to criminal cartels.

See other examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives on the US and Mexico, such as claims that Washington is promoting the ‘Balkanisation’ of the country to annex its rich northern regions, that the US may designate drug cartels as terrorist organisations to have an excuse for military control over Mexico, that the US is preparing a military invasion of the country, which is next in Washington’s destabilisation list after Bolivia, or that it may be attacked because every US president needs an invasion.