What we have, in short, is mounting evidence of the Russian regime headed by Putin attacking at home and abroad. Inside Russia, allegedly sending a squad to kill a man whose crime is demanding democracy and an end to corruption; abroad, presiding over the infiltration of major U.S. government and private networks.
Eventually, the three storylines could become part of a flood of productions. Countless movies and series might grow out of the madness of our times.
One of the first to get green-lighted will probably be the real-life spy thriller about the Navalny assassination attempt, made more satisfying by its most recent twist, when Navalny tricked one of his would-be killers into confessing.
What emerges is a picture of Putin less as statesman than as mustachio-twirling cartoon villain, or perhaps a run-of-the-mill mafia boss.
That’s why it is so shocking to hear Trump insist on defending him.
It was a preposterous claim, at odds with the views of experts.
One day, the explanation for Trump’s devotion to Putin will become known. Until then, perhaps the screenwriters will have to leave that question open, a cliffhanger. In the meantime, we are learning more about how Putin operates, making Trump’s behavior only more perplexing. It all feels like fiction, but here we are. We believe it because we see it.