Disinfo: The Democratic Party has officially become a fascist party of the US

Summary

The fact is that the victorious Democrats at all levels openly promise repressions for everyone who has ever supported Trump.

For several years now, critics of the regime have noted that “the Democratic Party, a bastion of progressive ideas, has officially become a fascist party of the US.”

Disproof

Disinformation, presented without any evidence, smearing the Democratic Party of the US to portray it as “facist”, consistent with the pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that the US presidential elections were rigged and casting doubt on the legitimacy of the Biden Administration.

It is not true that the Democrats somehow violated the rules of democracy. President-elect Joe Biden, who was a Democratic Party candidate, won the popular vote by 7 million votes. Although the Trump campaign filed 62 election lawsuits to overturn the result, most have been dismissed. The OSCE Observation Mission stated that the 2020 Presidential election vote was: “competitive and well managed”.

Read more OSCE statements on the American elections here.

On the 6th January 2021, during a debate in the Senate, a number of Trump supporters broke through security perimeters and violently entered the Capitol, the seat of the US parliament, the Congress. The aim of the protesters was to impede the process of formally installing Joe Biden as the President of the United States, despite Biden winning the November election. An overview of the incident can be found here.

See earlier related disinformation claims, alleging that the US enters an era of neo-liberal totalitarianism, that the "Democrats" usurpation of power in the US is a fact, that if Trump surrenders, an era of neo-liberal fascism will start in the USA, that contemporary liberalism is totalitarian and a crime against humanity; that "deep state" won't allow Joe Biden to soften US policy towards China; that Joe Biden was elected thanks to a massive election fraud.

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  • Reported in: Issue 227
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/01/2021
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: Totalitarianism, Democratic Party (US), Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Nazi/Fascist

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the annexation of Crimea claiming that Crimean citizens chose to rejoin Russia through a legal referendum as well as a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that claims Euromaidan was a coup.

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Disproof

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