Author and security expert Malcolm Nance sounded the alarm on a growing existential threat on liberal democracies across the globe and the increase of conservative parties that are “owned by the Kremlin.”
“Democracy is in retreat all around the world,” Nance warned. “And you know what? There is a threat going on right now in Europe. Conservative parties are owned lock, stock and barrel by the Kremlin. They fund them and they are all about destroying the Atlantic alliance, globalization and America’s standing in the world. They want an end to democracy.”
MSNBC host Chris Hayes noted that it is important to note that there is a constituency ready and willing to join the likes of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his leadership.
“They are embracing it and that’s what sort of gives these movements their power,” Hayes said.
Mona Charen, a columnist and senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, noted that Putin supports both the extreme left and the extreme right, because what he seeks is destabilization, regardless of the side.
Nance explained the strange way in which people like Libertarians who would come all the way around on the other side, but that Putin is done with that strategy and has gone all in on the far right.
“They own the neo-Nazi movement in Europe,” Nance said. “Anders Behring Breivik, the guy who mass murdered 69 school children in Norway — he did that because he was part of this conservative underbelly. He said that he did it to eliminate the next generation of liberals in Norway. These people exist everywhere in Europe. The United States, in Charlottesville, that was to be the American alt-right’s coming out to join that global network. We’re in trouble.”