To understand why elites hate Trump, all you have to do is follow the money.
Elites hate Trump and the media attacks him for allegedly admiring Vladimir Putin. Even Barack Obama’s refusal to name Islamic extremism as the threat that it is figures into this network of propaganda. Only the Syrian government and its ally Russia are routinely demonized. To mention Islamic radicalism in similar terms brings up the question of why we are making enemies with governments that fight ISIS and oppose jihadists.
This news story spells it out: Trump thinks Islamic terrorism is the enemy of our time while the media wants it to be Russia.
Behind this hatred of Russia lies a great deal of money. From The Intercept, here’s the headline that spells it out: “U.S. Defense Contractors Tell Investors Russian Threat Is Great for Business.”
Retired Army Gen. Richard Cody, a vice president at L-3 Communications, the seventh largest U.S. defense contractor, explained to shareholders in December that the industry was faced with a historic opportunity. Following the end of the Cold War, Cody said, peace had “pretty much broken out all over the world,” with Russia in decline and NATO nations celebrating. “The Wall came down,” he said, and “all defense budgets went south.”
Now, Cody argued, Russia “is resurgent” around the world, putting pressure on U.S. allies. “Nations that belong to NATO are supposed to spend 2 percent of their GDP on defense,” he said, according to a transcript of his remarks. “We know that uptick is coming and so we postured ourselves for it.”
Speaking to investors at a conference hosted by Credit Suisse in June, Stuart Bradie, the chief executive of KBR, a military contractor, discussed “opportunities in Europe,” highlighting the increase in defense spending by NATO countries in response to “what’s happening with Russia and the Ukraine.”
Our elites don’t care about terrorist groups that kill Americans. They care about recreating the Cold War. Donald Trump threatens billions. So they want Hillary instead.