Kremlin propagandist bizarrely claims Putin is so popular he would beat Biden in a US presidential election, report says


Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the Powerful Ideas For New Times Forum on July 20, 2022 in Moscow, Russia.Contributor/Getty Images

  • A Kremlin propagandist bizarrely claimed that Putin would beat Biden in a US presidential election.

  • Another expert added that Trump would be Putin’s vice president in this bizarre hypothetical scenario.

  • Putin’s approval ratings have fallen outside of Russia since he ordered the invasion of Ukraine.

A Kremlin propagandist has bizarrely claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin is so popular that Americans would overwhelmingly vote for him over President Joe Biden.

Yaakov Kedmi, a regular commentator for Russian state media, appeared on Thursday’s episode of “This Evening with Vladimir Solovyov” and claimed that Putin’s worldwide popularity is soaring, according to the Daily Beast.

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While Putin’s approval figures have soared in Russia since he ordered the invasion of Ukraine, the unprovoked war has tarnished his international reputation. Nevertheless, Kedmi opined on Russian state media that Putin is running for election in Western countries.

“It was said that [the West] is winning a propaganda war, but I’m not so sure,” Kedmi told the Daily Beast. “Look at a country in Europe. Look at France: who is more popular – Macron or Putin?”

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After other commentators replied that the answer was Putin, Kedmi suggested that the Russian leader is also more popular in Germany, Italy and the US than their current leaders, according to the Daily Beast.

Kedmi said: “If Putin announced his candidacy for president of the United States tomorrow, who in the US could rival him in popularity?”

According to the Daily Beast, foreign policy analyst Alexander Kamkin replied, “And Trump would become his vice president.”

While President Joe Biden’s ratings plunged to an all-time low earlier this month, a Pew Research Center poll last month shows Putin’s reputation is significantly worse.

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According to the poll, which surveyed 3,581 American adults, positive opinions about Putin are in the single digits. Only six percent of those polled said they were confident that the Russian leader would do the right thing regarding world affairs. However, 48% of those polled are confident in Biden’s ability to do the same.

Kamkin’s unlikely suggestion that Trump would be Putin’s vice president follows a Russian state television host who suggests Moscow could “reinstall” him as US president.

Insider John Haltiwanger reported that Olga Skabeyeva, a prominent Kremlin propagandist, suggested that Russia has the power to propel Trump back into the White House if he chooses to flee.

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