Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky (RIA Novosti/Grigoriy Sisoev) / RIA Novosti
Anna Nemtsova, Daily Beast: Russia’s Trump, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Wants to Build a Wall, Ban Muslims, and Nuke the White House
The far-right Russian pol loves the idea of building walls and banning Muslims. He says he’s fighting corruption, but excuses Trump’s shady Russian connections.
MOSCOW — Vladimir Zhirinovsky recently boasted of taking a DNA test to prove that he’s related to Donald Trump. The 70-year-old Russian right-wing nationalist and populist who founded the (not very) Liberal Democratic Party often is compared to the 70-year-old American populist now slightly ahead in the contest to win presidency of the United States. Zhirinovsky is called a “Russian Trump” and Trump, at least in Russia, is labeled an “American Zhirinovsky.”
What similarities do Russians see in them? It could be their brash, fiery rhetoric, the roughness of their style, the way their faces distort with anger, or, as one Russian pointed out, the way that spittle tends to build on the corners of their mouths.
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WNU Editor: I saw Vladimir Zhirinovsky give a speech in Saint Petersburg a few years back .... he is no Donald Trump. But he is a player on the Russian political scene .... and (unfortunately) he does win votes.