In domestic American political discourse, Russia has become a bludgeon with which the liberal establishment seeks to beat President Donald Trump and his administration. In effect, by appealing to Russia as the source of Trump’s electoral success, the American deep state is working to delegitimise the new administration. In the view of this narrative, Trump’s policies, especially in the foreign policy realm, cannot be trusted, as they are serving the interest of a foreign power rather than the interest of the United States. There are many reasons as to how Russia has become a bogeyman in American politics, ranging from genuine geo-political disagreements, to the liberal establishment using it to explain away their dismal electoral performance. While a full analysis of this phenomenon and its associated nuances is beyond the scope of this blog post, attention will be drawn to its background and utility for the American liberals in their anti-Trump effort.