For instance, in 2013, she got Trump’s future National Security Adviser John Bolton to record a video message on gun rights for her group.In 2014, the conservative website Town Hall ran an interview with her under the headline “Meet the woman working with the NRA and fighting for gun rights in Russia.” But when Republican presidential candidates started to travel the country to campaign in 2015, Butina, too, increasingly started to pop up at events — posing for photographs with candidates like Scott Walker, Rick Santorum, and Bobby Jindal.” Trump answered by talking about how “the whole world hates us” under Obama, and then said, “I know Putin, and I’ll tell you what, we get along with Putin.” He continued: “I don’t think you’d need the sanctions. I really believe that.” In their book Steve Bannon raised it with RNC chair Reince Priebus. It was odd, Bannon thought, that Trump had a fully developed answer.How was it that this Russian woman happened to be in Las Vegas for that event? Priebus agreed there was something strange about Butina.The film carved out an unusual niche for itself as what many have identified as a Lighter and Softer version of a John Waters film, combining high camp, dark political comedy and good-natured romanticism under one improbably broad yet tantalizingly candy-colored roof. Amid the sprawling scandal over Russian interference with the 2016 election, there’s long been an odd subplot over Russian ties to, of all groups, the National Rifle Association — ties that, according to Mc Clatchy, have been investigated by the FBI.YMMV • Radar • Quotes • (Funny • Heartwarming • Awesome) • Fridge • Characters • Fanfic Recs • Nightmare Fuel • Shout Out • Analysis • Tear Jerker • Headscratchers • Trivia • WMG • Recap • Ho Yay • Image Links • Memes • Haiku • Laconic A 1999 comedy lampooning the idea of homosexual reform camps with the story of Megan, a God-fearing cheerleader who has never paid her homosexual tendencies any thought until being sent to the True Directions camp.
Then there’s Maria (sometimes spelled “Mariia”) Butina, who’s said she’s originally from Siberia.
But Butina didn’t inform the US government she was acting as a foreign agent on American soil, which would be illegal.