NYT writer falsely claims Ivanka Trump and husband bought home from Russians

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It seems that Russians are living rent-free in the alleged minds of the Borg-like collective known here as the Democrat-media complex.  On Wednesday, Red Alert Politics reported that Maggie Haberman, a writer with the New York Times, issued a tweet falsely claiming that Ivanka Trump and her husband bought a home once owned by Russians, no doubt an apparent effort to tie the Trump administration to the Kremlin.  But it turns out that’s not the case.

Here’s what she tweeted:

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Ryan Girdusky wrote:

According to the The New York Times story Haberman was citing, the home did not belong to Russians. It had previously been owned by a financier named Dan K. Rapoport and his wife, Irina who was born in Latvia, not Russia.

Rapoport does have ties to Russian politics because he’s an open critic of Putin and allied to one of his main political opponents, Aleksei A. Navalny. The financier has lived all over the world including France and the United States.

Haberman also didn’t disclose that the home is less than two miles from the White House, another reason Ivanka and her family decided to purchase the property.

No, it was imperative for Haberman to falsely claim it was owned by Russians. That’s the media’s message they intend to drive home, and they’re going to do whatever it takes to make a connection.

The Times noted:

The house was home for several decades to Renee Zlotnick Kraft, a Washington fur heiress and socialite, who frequently opened its doors for events and even occasionally rolled out a pink carpet to welcome the city’s dinner party set.

According to the website of his investment firm, Rapoport Capital, Mr. Rapoport was born in Riga, Latvia, and has lived in the United States, France and Russia.

Vladimir Ashurkov, a top aide to Aleksei A. Navalny, a leading Russian opposition leader and critic of the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin, described Mr. Rapoport as a successful financier in Moscow and an investor in Soho Rooms, one of the city’s poshest nightclubs. He has also been a supporter of Mr. Navalny since 2010. He recently relocated from Washington to Kiev, Ukraine, where he manages a private equity fund, Mr. Ashurkov said.

So let’s connect the dots…

Someone born in Latvia with ties to a Putin opposition leader owned a house that is now going to be occupied by Ivanka Trump and her family and according to one NYT writer, that means Ivanka’s new residence has once been owned by Russians (melodramatic music).  Even though the story never says the home was owned by any Russians.

(Note to Haberman: Latvia is NOT Russia… Google it.)

And these are the people hyperventilating over so-called “fake news?”  Really?


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