Disinfo: Civil war is possible in the USA, Biden is already talking about a coup

Summary

In the US, signs of civil war are already visible. US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is already openly declaring a military coup, threatening Donald Trump. 

Disproof

There is no civil war in the USA. 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. Though the situation was very tense for some days and protests spread to all 50 states of the country, military top officials and police officers worked effectively to de-escalate the situation, and demonstrations became largely peaceful after the first days.

Furthermore, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has never said that he is preparing for a “military coup against Trump”. During an interview with CNN, the journalist asked Biden what would happen if the current US President Donald Trump loses the presidential election but refuses to resign. Biden said he believes that if Trump lost the election and refused to leave, military leaders would escort him from office.

See more examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation about the racial justice protests in the US, such as claims that they may be a colour revolution orchestrated by leaders of the Democratic Party or that they are being fuelled by Bellingcat.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 203
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: US Presidential Election 2020, US racial justice protests, Democratic Party (US), Protest, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Coup

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Disproof

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Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative aimed at portraying the West as immoral, degenerate and a threat to traditional values. The narrative of 'threatened values' is one of the most common narratives used by pro-Kremlin outlets.

These narratives aim at portraying the West as depraved and endangering societies by imposing the same beliefs on other countries. It undermines progressive Western attitudes about a variety of normative issues, including the rights of women, ethnic and religious minorities, and LGBTQ groups, among others.

De-Americanisation is on, the idea of Black Khalifate is coming

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We are seeing how the black population of North America is developing a new religion with George Floyd as Jesus’s reincarnation. It is proclaimed that black people are divinely anointed. Soon black people will dispute their right to universal sanctity with the Ukrainians. I wish they could confront each other. It will be not surprising to learn about an idea of a new global Negro Khalifate. This will be so if a “wrong” candidate wins the US presidential election. If he could withdraw his candidature, everything would instantly calm down.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that the protests in the US caused by the death of George Floyd are in the interests of some in the US. Without explicitly naming the 'wrong' candidate, the publication seemingly hints at Donald Trump and therefore alleges the US Democrats' connection with the protests. The article also contains groundless, preposterous generalisations concerning the intentions and active societal actors behind the protests.

Pro-Kremlin media have been exploiting the US crisis to push various disinformation narratives, such as the riots being staged by the Democratic Party or to portray it as the Deep State’s attempt to create an “American Maidan". Protests in the US against police brutality and institutional racism broke out in different states sparked by the death of George Floyd.