Russian government slams Donald Trump for Instagram ad featuring Vladimir Putin

Here’s a sentence that would only make sense in 2016: The Russian government has denounced Donald Trump‘s latest Instagram post for “demonizing” Russia

The post shows Russian President Vladimir Putin doing martial arts, an ISIS fighter pointing a handgun at the camera, and Hillary Clinton barking at a campaign rally. It’s one of those thing you just have to watch for yourself.

Is this what we want for a President?

A video posted by Donald J. Trump (@realdonaldtrump) on

If anything sums up the state of American political discourse in 2016, it’s this post. But Russia isn’t playing along.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov condemned the video at a press conference, telling reporters, “I saw this clip. I do not know for sure if [President] Vladimir Putin saw it. [But] our attitude is negative.”

“It’s an open secret for us that demonizing Russia and whatever is linked to Russia is unfortunately a mandatory hallmark of America’s election campaign,” Peskov said. “We always sincerely regret this and wish the [U.S.] electoral process was conducted without such references to our country.”

Russian state television, which generally reflects the views of the government, has given Trump more positive coverage than other American presidential candidates. 

Photo via Pavel Kazachkov/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0)

William Turton

William Turton

Once named one of Forbes’ 20 Under 20 and hired as a staff writer for the Daily Dot when he was still a senior in high school, William Turton is a rising tech reporter focusing on information security, hacking culture, and politics. Since leaving the Daily Dot in April 2016, his work has appeared on Gizmodo, the Outline, and Vice News Tonight on HBO.