It’s hard to know which was worse: Donald Trump’s uber-loyalty to Russia or his suggestion that there is nothing much wrong with a murderous regime operating in the United States.
In a preview of Bill O’Reilly’s Super Bowl interview with Trump, Trump once again announced his fealty to Russia and Vladimir Putin. “He’s a leader of his country. I say it’s better to get along with Russia than not,” Trump offered.
This, during the same week that Trump fumed at important ally Australia, and threatened to invade another one, Mexico.
“Russia helps us in the fight against ISIS which is a major fight and Islamic terrorism all over the world,” Trump continued. “That’s a good thing.”
“Will I get along with him? I have no idea,” Trump added, presumably to deflect continuing questions about his ties to a country that interfered with our election system.
“He’s a killer, though. Putin’s a killer,” O’Reilly said.
Trump’s reply was stunning:
TRUMP: A lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What, you think our country’s so innocent?
Besides this shocking suggestion that our president thinks the U.S. is no better than Russia, this is also a frightening acceptance of Putin’s assassinations of dissenters.
It’s also another frightening reminder that we need to know and must keep demanding to know more about Trump’s relationship with Russia. After all, Trump shrugged off Putin’s murderous behavior just two weeks after complaining about American “carnage” in his inaugural speech.
Watch the preview below, from Bill O’Reilly’s interview with Trump which will air later today:
Trump said something this unbelievably stupid AND Fox did not purge it from the pre-taped interview. Does this mean they all think that accusing the USA as being as much a killer as Putin is manly and inspirational?
Note that Trump is continuing to insist on this phantom “massive voter fraud” idea, and is unable to reconcile his paranoia about it with the actual facts. At one point he actually said that he’d already proved his case, when in fact he has only shown he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
Trump also made clear he intends to ditch the Iran nuclear deal and made clear that he did in fact threaten the Mexican President when he spoke with him a week ago. And he’s holding onto this idea that somehow Mexico will be paying for his offensive wall idea – something that will never happen.
If anything was demonstrated past O’Reilly’s sudden respect for the presidency (now that it’s not a Democrat), it was Trump’s complete blindness to reality.
Here’s a well written opinion about this interview that I think sums it up nicely…https://www.yahoo.com/tv/trump-oreilly-super-bowl-interview-213857200.html
Then there’s Trump repeating a lie he’s made many times before: Russia has joined us in fighting ISIS. Nope. They kill anyone opposed to their bud Asad who’s holding a bloody grip on Syria. Russia has on many occasions attacked rival Syrian rebel groups we’ve supported which strengthens ISIS.
The current President says the first thing he thinks of. Or a more accurate way to put it, doesn’t think of.