The Russian lawyer who catapulted into the spotlight when it emerged that she met with Donald Trump Jr. and top members of the Trump campaign last year after promising them dirt on Hillary Clinton, has been described as a Russian “patriot” and has expressed some controversial views, according to The Atlantic.
Natalia Veselnitskaya met with Trump Jr. and members of the Trump campaign as part of “Russia and its government’s support” for Trump’s candidacy, according to an email thread Trump Jr. posted on Twitter earlier this week. According to Veselnitskaya’s Facebook posts examined by The Atlantic, she has frequently supported Trump’s actions and bashed his critics on social media.
She slammed many of the protests against President Donald Trump, including the Women’s March in Washington that took place the day after Trump assumed office. In particular, she pushed the far-right conspiracy theory that the march was organised by Hamas and said that “liberalism is a f–king mental disorder.”
She also blasted pro-choice ideals. “‘My body, my choice’ is all about abortion, homosexuality, illegal migration and two presidents,” she said on Facebook. “Anything goes. But for those who didn’t get what this is about, this is now called ‘human rights.'”
In a separate post, The Atlantic reported, she referred to the women’s marches against Trump as “a p—y strike … all orchestrated by [Senate minority leader Chuck] Schumer.”
Veselnitskaya is said to be a strong supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin and she is also known for waging a harsh campaign against the 2012 Magnitsky Act, which blacklisted Russians suspected of human-rights abuse. Putin, who cut off a program allowing Americans to adopt Russian children in retaliation for the Magnitsky Act, previously called the law “outrageous.”
When former acting attorney general Sally Yates ordered the Department of Justice not to defend President Donald Trump’s initial executive order instating the travel ban, Veselnitskaya wrote on Facebook, “I can’t think of a single norm that would allow the attorney general to do something like this.”
She continued, “In such instances the general has to resign. This is reminiscent of the games of Obama’s last days in office.”
She has also played off of Trump’s frequent criticisms of the free press. In another post, Veselnitskaya called the American media immature and said journalists failed to understand “what happens in masses.”
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