(Also published at Huffington Post.) Is our next president a Russian agent? Because of Donald Trump’s relentless shilling for Vladimir Putin, that once unthinkable question is being asked seriously by major news outlets.
To at least some degree, the answer, obviously, is yes. An agent is someone who acts on behalf of another, and wittingly or not, Trump does exactly that for Russia.
But looked at from Putin’s point of view, it hardly matters what Trump might or might not be up to.
Because if Putin’s goal is to delegitimize American democracy, he’s already won.
How better to delegitimize democracy than by showing that an utter clown can be elected president of the United States?
Trump doesn’t have to do much more of anything for Putin in order to be counted as one of the most successful Russian agents ever.
All he has to do, starting January 20, is show up for work every day.