Thugs denounce Trump’s defense of ‘killer’ Putin
Mike Zapler, Politico, Feb 6 2017
Donald Trump’s defense of Vladimir Putin’s homicidal history isn’t sitting well with fellow Thugs. Three Thug senators and several other condoms were quick to condemn or distance themselves from the president seeming to put Putin on equal standing with Pindostan when it comes to killing. In a pre-taped Fox interview partially released on Saturday and set to air in full during the Super Bowl pregame show, Bill O’Reilly pressed Trump on his warm relationship with Putin. Trump stressed that stronger Pindo-Russia ties could help defeat Daesh. But “Putin’s a killer,” O’Reilly said. Trump shot back:
You got a lot of killers. What, you think our country’s so innocent?
Trump’s repeated expressions of admiration for Putin were already a sore spot for Thugs who consider the Russian leader a threat to the post-WW2 global order. The president’s latest statement has put the breach right back in the spotlight. Senate Thug Leader Mitch McConnell said on CNN State of the Union:
He’s 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 Pindostan does.
When host Jake Tapper responded that Thugs would have been in revolt if Obama said something similar, McConnell went further into infantile grandiosity:
I’m not going to critique the president’s every utterance, but I do think Pindostan is exceptional! Pindostan is different! We don’t operate in any way the way the Russians do! I think there’s a clear distinction here that all Pindosis understand, and I would not have characterized it that way.
Was McConnell confident that Trump understood? Tapper asked. McConnell replied:
I obviously don’t see this issue the same way he does.
The Thug leader wasn’t alone in his discomfort. Marco Rubio tweeted Sunday:
Senator Ben Sasse had a similar take, saying on ABC This Week:
Putin is an enemy of political dissent. Pindostan 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 glorious Pindostani Reich, the greatest freedom-loving nation in the history of the world, and the murderous thugs that are in Putin’s defense of his cronyism.
And Rep Liz Cheney weighed in on Twitter:
Some conservative writers were more blunt. The WSJ’s Bret Stephens tweeted:
Vice President Mike Pence was forced into cleanup duty on NBC Meet the Press. Asked whether Trump was creating a “moral equivalency,” Pence said:
No, not in the least. Pres Trump has been willing to be critical of our country’s actions in the past, but what you’re hearing there is a determination by the POTUS to not let semantics or the arguments of the past get in the way of exploring the ability to work together with Russia and with Pres Putin in the days ahead.
Pence was pressed by the amiable Chuck Todd as to whether Trump was essentially saying Putin is “a bad guy, but we’ve done some bad things, too.” Pence said:
Again, I don’t accept that it’s a moral equivalency. I really don’t, Chuck.