Not to see the parallels between The Manchurian Candidate as a product of American Cold War paranoia, and the political present, if only to realize that an integral part that Old Cold War paranoia is being replayed, although in a different key. And at the same cartoonish level of a Hollywood ‘thriller’ steeped in the political machinations of bad political actor, ‘The Red Chinese’ who
‘brainwash’ the son of a prominent right-wing political family, who becomes an unwitting assassin in an international communist conspiracy.
Hollywood has always been a servant of the American Party Line of Exceptionalism, since its beginnings. @Sam points in the right direction, although I would not speak for him. What we are witnessing is the free play of the paranoia of the New Cold War, Putin as the New Stalin and Trump as his dupe. Clinton is using this cartoonish version of Putin as the point of accusation in regards to Trump, as her loyalty is with her Neo-Conservative Cabal of supporters: Nuland,Kagan,Kristol, Goldberg etc. She and they are War Mongers/Russophobes.
For more ‘evidence’ of Trump as Russian Dupe see Franklin Foer’s essay at Slate:
Headline : Was a Trump Server Communicating With Russia?
Sub-headline: This spring, a group of computer scientists set out to determine whether hackers were interfering with the Trump campaign. They found something they weren’t expecting.
First posed as a question, evolving into a chance discovery by a team of ‘computer scientists’ and other experts, of Trump’s involvement with nefarious Russian Bankers, and then Putin enters, by inference. I have foreshortened it here, out of necessity, as it is long and complicated essay, but my point is that the inventors and users of Stuxnet, America and Israel, don’t have clean hands, those ‘computer scientists’ are a capacious category for a reason. What is on display is the power of the paranoia mongers, the authors of the Old and New Cold Wars, is not a political constant, but ebbs and flows in our common political life, according to the needs of those political opportunists.