Bruce Fenton, GOP Senate Candidate, Compares Volodymyr Zelensky with Osama bin Laden

Four days after running in the Republican primary in New Hampshire, US Senate hopeful and bitcoin millionaire Bruce Fenton compared the widespread adoration of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to the reaction to Osama bin Laden, warning that bin Laden was also once seen as a hero.”

Fenton invented the warning story last week in his first TV interview as a candidate and told WMURs Adam Sexton that “there are so many parallels right now between Ukraine and the Taliban.”

“Remember, since Zelensky is a hero now, Osama bin Laden was once considered a hero,” Fenton said.

It is true that bin Laden – a mass murderer terrorist and sworn enemy of the United States who was killed in a 2011 US Navy SEAL team attack – was hailed by devoted supporters. But it was not the destructive idolatry that Fenton referred to.

Fenton, who for a period served in the Navy as a hospital corpsman and claims to have completed “much of” SEAL training, referred instead to the United States. More specifically, the 1980s, when bin Laden fought against the Soviet Union along with the Afghan mujahideen, which US operatives secretly armed as a proxy force.

“There were articles that talked about how he led his army on a path to peace. There’s a hero in a James Bond movie based on bin Laden,” Fenton explained inaccurately.

The article he apparently referred to – “Anti-Soviet warrior puts his army on the road to peace” – dealt with bin Laden’s life after he partially occupied Afghanistan for Africa in 1993. It also ran in The independentwhich is based in the UK, not the US.

Furthermore, the phrase “the road to peace” appears only in the headline, as an ironic tomb in bin Laden’s transparent attempt to pave the way for his militaristic reputation with a civil engineering project in Sudan. The report itself is deeply skeptical of the warlord and notes that “Outside of Sudan, Mr bin Laden is not regarded with such high esteem.” It even quotes bin Laden, who directly denies that the United States has ever supported him: “Personally, neither I nor my brothers saw evidence of American aid.”

As for the Bond movie, The living daylight (1987), it was also the work of a Briton – director John Glen – and starring English actor Timothy Dalton. It pitted the fictitious MI6 agent against the Soviets in Afghanistan and featured a mujahideen protagonist who some have theorized shares traits with bin Laden. (While MGM Studios allegedly pulled the DVD shortly after the 9/11 attacks, it is not clear if that was a comment specific to the character.) Later came the producers of the 2002 Bond film Die another day considered modeling his villain after bin Laden before redirecting the action to North Korea.

In the interview, Fenton went on to lament the CIA’s Reagan-era intervention in Afghanistan as a possible parallel to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, warning that the United States should only deploy troops if “it is a real threat to the US Constitution.”

The Biden administration has repeatedly shot down the idea of ​​sending troops to Ukraine, even though it has provided more than a billion dollars in military aid and appears to be training or preparing to train Ukrainian troops in Poland.

But this is not the first time Fenton has made this bizarre argument. He wrote something similar in a long Facebook post from 2015 that started with: “Our government once thought Osama bin Laden was a hero.”

Fenton’s remarks can also be contrasted with a 2003 editorial criticizing the US-led invasion of Iraq, in which he claimed he “disagreed[d] with the premise that ‘the world is a safer place with Saddam behind bars.’ ‘The letter is still hosted on his investment firm’s website.

Fenton is a hardcore libertarian multimillionaire with no political experience, and has designed a campaign platform to cut to the chase.

In the WMUR interview, the amateur crypto-cartoonist expressed support for defining the police – “not the way most of the people who use that slogan say it. What we should do is have fewer laws” – And said bluntly that the US government’s appropriate response to the COVID-19 pandemic should have been “nothing.”

He also worships open wealth – after writing that “billionaires are cool” – and says he plans to fund his campaign with up to $ 5 million in Bitcoin. One week before announcing his candidacy, Fenton told Politico: “If I were to run, it would be for all bitcoiners and all New Hampshire residents.”

While Fenton may be a longtime resident of the crypto community, he first joined Granite Staters recently. In 2017, he left his home state of Massachusetts to join New Hampshire’s Free State Project, a group of fringe libertarians advocating secession – in hindsight a strange choice for someone now willing to burn millions of dollars for the chance to become a member of the federal government.

But the biographical distinctiveness will certainly set him apart from the other three candidates in the Republican field, all of whom have government experience – former State Senate President Chuck Morse; former Londonderry town manager Kevin Smith; and retired Brigadier General Don Bolduc, who lost in the Senate primary in 2020.

One of the only cardinal positions that Fenton shares with the conservative mainstream is his external skepticism about the 2020 election, which he said is haunted by “a lot of very suspicious things”, leading him to conclude that “the credibility of the election is threatened. “

Prior to announcing his race, Fenton told it Trade union leader“You can not run on a playbook built in the last 30 years because that world is gone.”

“We’re in new territory right now,” said the former Bay Stater, who became New Hampshiite. “I have not seen any talk with the degree of urgency and importance that I feel about these issues.”

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