There’s blood in the water, and the anti-Trump opposition should be in a hunting mood. Michael Flynn, the US national security adviser, is the first major scalp of Trump’s administration, and so soon. This regime is weak. A president who lost the popular vote by nearly three million votes, who has increasingly catastrophic personal ratings, is now embroiled in a major scandal. An opposition that has mobilised the biggest protests in US history should exploit this opportunity ruthlessly by piling pressure on the Trump regime, and on a Democratic establishment that might otherwise seek compromise with it.
But it is worth taking a moment to absorb the implications of Flynn’s resignation. For much of the 20th century, the left was relentlessly smeared for supposedly being in league with Moscow, thus posing a threat to national security. Even leftists who passionately opposed the Soviet regime were portrayed as being the accomplices of Moscow. Now the national security adviser of a hard-right Republican president has resigned for actually being in league with Moscow. Flynn not only discussed lifting sanctions on Moscow – he lied about it.
The west’s ascendant populist right portrays its opponents as traitors, all while aligning itself with Moscow’s authoritarian regime. Trump has long bragged about having “a relationship” with Putin, praising the Russian despot’s murderous war in Syria as “wonderful”. France’s Front National gets soft loans from a…