#Official Commentary of Alla Barkhatnova on double standards of presidential elections in United States
The presidential elections were held in the US in which the Republican candidate Donald Trump won. The victory happened in spite of ‘dirty’ tricks of campaigning on the part of the Democratic Party that had done everything for the victory of its candidate Hillary Clinton. Let’s mention only some of these tricks, because we remember that transatlantic partners like to teach others how to hold elections and respect human rights.
Let’s start with the fact that Hillary Clinton accused Russia of meddling in the presidential elections with the help of most advanced cyber-attacks. No evidence had been submitted and Russia, on its part, made a statement. Accusing other countries of meddling in elections without any proof is, of course, the highest manifestation of the freedom of speech. And the US elections themselves are some sacred animal, to which outsiders are not allowed. On the eve of the presidential elections, the Russian Foreign Ministry Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law Konstantin Dolgov noted that the US elections are closed for serious international supervision. And the last elections were no exception. But now, the Russian Federation reserves its right to reply according to the principle of reciprocity and to keep American observers away from the elections in the Russian Federation.
During the elections held in Russia, the Western partners were constantly criticizing them, but the Russian Federation was comfortable with it as well as with the presence of international observers, and now it learns a lesson from it. The Russians learnt some experience from the last presidential elections in the US. In particular, the Head of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, Ella Pamfilova noted peculiarities of elections in the US. In the interview, she said that they tore us to shreds for even little sins, while they usually get away with it and our progressive community looks at it with approval.
The European countries and the United States accuse Russia of using administrative resources. What happens in the bulwark of democracy – the United States? The administrative pressure is used without hesitation there without caring about freedom of choice, freedom of speech and etc. According to Fox News Channel, the GrubHub’s CEO Matt Maloney, who supported the presidential candidate of the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton, has sent his employees an e-mail. In the e-mail, he noted that the election results had shocked the US and he did not agree with the Trump’s views. He said that employees, who disagreed with his position, could send in their resignations, because ʺthey did not belong there”. GrubHub is located in Chicago and is considered to be a major American company, which serves 44.000 restaurants in more than one thousand cities in the US. What is that if not the pressure on the US citizens, human rights violation in a blunt manner? Perhaps, this is the new standard of democracy? Human rights organizations reacted to less important cases of clamp-down on dissent.
The US that positions itself as a primordial example of democracy, as a citadel of free speech, as a role model, ruins all these conventional patterns, because they politicize what was originally supposed to make positive contributions to society. Once they politicized history, replacing villains to heroes. Then they did the same with the culture, art, music… The “Eurovision” turned out to be involved in political intrigues. Next comes sports and it is hard to find appropriate words here. Now the society is separated by the choice of the work place! Not by professions and speciality, but by political views of the enterprise’s owner.
What is next? The ban to work at McDonald’s because of sympathy for Trump or Clinton? Poroshenko will dismiss everyone, who appeals to the deputies of the State Duma of the Russian federation, because, in his opinion, it is illegitimate? Or to dismiss everyone because of likes and reposts in social networks? Maybe to prohibit everyone, who does not support the policy of the White House, to fly over America? People are tired of being imposed by other opinions and the presidential elections in the United States are a direct demonstration.
The US is constantly criticizes everything, for example, Russia for the Crimea’s reunion with it. At the same time, the US does not mention how Texas has become a part of America has.
To sum it up, I would like to cite Ivan Krylov: ʺ What gossips take to work, not better eh themselves, godfather, turn around?”
Alla Barkhatnova, the DPR People’s Council deputy