Democrats have started to circulate the hashtag #gradonachalnikgop to continue shaming the Republican Party’s alleged ties to Russian oligarchs, showing also though that the left may be running out of witty Russian nicknames.
Hashtags like #MoscowMitch and #RussianRand caught on for their alliteration and easy to understand references, but some on Twitter were confused by #GradonachalnikGOP. Still, some liberal users piled on.
“The Republican Party is so Gradonachalniki,” @RESISTFORTYFIVE_69420 tweeted. “That morally bankrupt party is very (Russian: Градоначальник) was —in the Russian Empire of the 19th and early 20th century— an official with the rights of governor who controlled a gradonachalstvo (a city with the adjacent land), independent of the provincial subdivision, with its own administrative unit due to its special significance or geographical location.“
Other hashtags that haven’t taken off quite as well include #RasskazovoRepubliRATS, #ZashchishchayushchiysyaZepublicans and #CheburashkaChuck, oddly aimed at Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley.