Putin Is A Trump Guy And Vice Versa
Donald Trump has said it’s a “great honor” that Russia’s Vladimir Putin called him “talented,” and is defending the Russian strongman over his record of murdering journalists. While Trump has indicated that he wants Russia to fight ISIS, he must think it impossible to voice opposition to a no-fly zone in Syria without praising Putin? He probably shouldn’t forget that ISIS and Russia have shot down the same number of civilian airliners in the last 18-months.
Trump Is A Putin Guy
It should be staggering that Trump supporters find nothing wrong or objectionable in any of this. Putin is a totalitarian, who is not averse to having political opponents removed. Permanently. When did it start being acceptable for a US Presidential Candidate to ignore those more serious aspects?
Trump’s fascination with polls and approval ratings (he says Putin’s are high I guess ignoring what happens to dissidents in Russia) is evident here. Does he realize that many if not most colonists opposed the American Revolution, the civil war, the civil rights movement? Doing what is right will not always be popular.
It may be cynical, but perhaps Trump the developer doesn’t want to burn any bridges with the man who controls all the development in an emerging market? I think it’s unfortunately more grim than that.
They Like Putin More Than Obama
Many, particularly on the right, view outrage over this or anything Trump as sanctimonious. Trump, again here, is merely saying aloud what frankly many “respectable” conservatives believe. Putin is a “strong leader” who, unlike the Kenyan born weakling occupying the White House, loves his country because he doesn’t do nuance or political correctness concerning domestic or international relations. If he wants something in or from syria. he takes it.
Republicans primary voters admire Putin more than Obama, so Trump won’t be hurt by this. It’s time to acknowledge that a significant portion of Republican primary voters are not interested in facts. There are no excuses or strained explanations to justify the obvious. The truth at this point is depressingly, frighteningly simple.