MOSCOW – Call it Trumpomania. Or Trumpophrenia. Or any of a number of other Trumpisms that have popped up in Russia as this country counts down the moments to President-elect Donald Trump’s ascension to the White House.
Russia has gone crazy for Trump, and it’s not just because President Vladimir Putin and his government have been portraying the presidency of Barack Obama as one long, disastrous exercise in Russophobia, a message that state-run television has been hammering home for months.
Something about the advent of Trump has stirred the Russian soul. It’s almost as though the 45th president of Russia were about to take office on Friday.
Businesses have renamed themselves after the world leader formerly known as The Donald. Talk show hosts have dedicated hours to the expression of hope that Trump will lift U.S.-Russian relations from their all-time post-Cold-War low (and in some cases to nasty, unabashedly racist farewells to Obama). And the Russian Internet is surging with efforts to portray and explain the local Trumpapalooza.