The Democrats believe Trump’s political weakness is Russia. Therefore, they are vilifying Russia to make Trump’s friendliness toward Russia appear to be treason. At first it looked like they would try to invalidate Trump’s election, but as time goes on that seems less likely.
They make Putin look more powerful than he is, and they make Putin appear more aggressive and anti-American than he is. An example is Fareed Zakaria’s CNN special on Putin, characterizing Putin as the most powerful man in the world. Putin is a remarkable man who has brought Russia back from the trash heap of history to be a player on the world stage, and he has more nuclear weapons than anyone else in the world, including Donald Trump. But that does not make him the most powerful man in the world; arguably either Trump or Chinese President Xi Jinping may be more powerful because of their economic power in addition to their military power. In terms of usable power, Germany’s Angela Merkel, the leader of the most powerful country in the EU, may be more powerful than Putin. This morning on some news show discussing Merkel’s meeting with Trump, the female reporter described Merkel as the most powerful “woman” in the world.
In any case the Democrats want to make Putin look like a dangerous enemy of the US so that Trump’s failure to condemn him looks treasonous. In addition, most Jews hate Russia. Jews as a race lived in Russia for centuries. While the word “Ashkenazi” means German, as it is used in describing Ashkenazi Jews, most recent Jewish immigrants have come from Russia or Soviet dominated Eastern Europe, and they brought with them a visceral hatred of Russia because of their poor treatment by ethnic Russian Slavs. For powerful Jews in American politics and the media, vilifying Putin and Russia has a double benefit of weakening a political enemy, Trump, and an ethnic enemy, Russia.
This campaign resembles the “yellow journalism” of the 1890s which led to the Spanish-American War in the Philippines and Cuba. The Democrats, the journalists, and the Jews probably don’t want a civilization-ending nuclear war with Russia, but they want sanctions, political pressure, and maybe some smaller wars in Ukraine or the Middle East. Small wars could be similar to the Afghanistan War that led to the demise of the Soviet Union. If these efforts succeed in unseating Putin, it’s unclear who would follow him, but whoever it is, they would almost certainly be weaker than Putin, thus putting Americans and Jews in a more dominant position vis-a-vis the Russian Slavs.
Trump does not seem particularly concerned about the Jewish aspect of the Russia issue. He has many Jews in his administration. So far he has not reversed his position on Putin, although he has been somewhat more cautious about praising him. Even Trump is not insensitive to the steady drumbeat of anti-Putin propaganda.