Sunday, February 5, 2017

Trump Defense of Putin Provokes Congressional Republicans

In an interview with Fox’s Bill O’Reilly, O’Reilly told Trump “Putin is a killer.” Trump response, “You got a lot of killers. What, you think our country’s so innocent?”

That response got many Congressional Republicans provoked.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: “[Putin is] a thug. The Russians annexed Crimea, invaded Ukraine and messed around in our elections. No, I don’t think there’s any equivalency between the way the Russians conduct themselves and the way the United States does.”

Senator Marco Rubio: “When has a Democratic political activists [sic] been poisoned by the GOP, or vice versa? We are not the same as Putin.”

Senator Ben Sasse: “Putin is an enemy of political dissent. The U.S. celebrates political dissent and the right for people to argue free from violence about places or ideas that are in conflict. There is no moral equivalency between the United States of America, the greatest freedom living nation in the history of the world, and the murderous thugs that are in Putin's defense of his cronyism.”
Some conservative writers were blunter.
Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens: “Trump puts US on moral par with Putin's Russia. Never in history has a President slandered his country like this.”

And, liberal writer and activist, Robert Reich: “Watch this unfold. The closer Trump moves toward Putin, the more likely congressional Republicans conclude Pence is a better bet than Trump. Then when Trump oversteps the law in a big way (it’s coming, I assure you), they’ll be ready to impeach.”

Donald Trump is a menace, not only for our country but for the Republican Party as well.

Here’s the story from the Washington Post.