Monday, February 6, 2017

Trump is No Patriot; President Suggests America Morally Equivalent of Murderous Dictator Who Suppresses Freedom

If you want to know why I will never support Donald Trump, you don't have to go any further than his continued praise and defense of Russian President Vladimir Putin, a man who has killed political opponents and journalists who write negative things about him.  Trump's praise of Putin is bad enough, but during his interview with Fox's Bill O'Reilly Trump slammed the United States suggesting our leaders do the same things Putin does, i.e. that we are the morally equivalent to our enemy.  During my lifetime, I have often heard that same garbage from liberals.  Now we have a Republican President, a supposed conservative, spouting the same nonsense denigrating the United States.

If you missed the exchange, in response to O'Reilly asking Trump if he "respected" Vladimir Putin, Trump said:
Well, I respect a lot of people but that doesn’t mean I’m going to get along with him,” Trump said. “He’s a leader of his country. I say it’s better to get along with Russia than not. And if Russia helps us in the fight against ISIS, which is a major fight, and Islamic
terrorism all over the world — that’s a good thing. Will I get along with him? I have no idea.”
“But he’s a killer though,” O’Reilly said. “Putin’s a killer.” 
“There are a lot of killers,” Trump responded. “We’ve got a lot of killers. What do you think — our country’s so innocent.”
Unfortunately, this isn't the first time Trump has gone down the liberal road of suggesting moral equivalency with America's enemies. As far back as December of 2015, Trump showed his true (red?) colors during an exchange on the Morning Joe Show.  In response to Trump crowing about Putin having called him "brilliant," host, former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough pointed to the fact that Putin is a brutal dictator:  
"Well, I mean, it's also a person who kills journalists, political opponents, and invades countries. Obviously that would be a concern, would it not?" Scarborough asked.
"He's running his country, and at least he's a leader," Trump replied. "Unlike what we have in this country."
"But again: He kills journalists that don't agree with him," Scarborough said.
The Republican presidential front-runner said there was "a lot of killing going on" around the world and then suggested that Scarborough had asked him a different question.
"I think our country does plenty of killing, also, Joe, so, you know," Trump replied. "There's a lot of stupidity going on in the world right now, Joe. A lot of killing going on. A lot of stupidity. And that's the way it is. But you didn't ask me [that] question, you asked me a different question. So that's fine."
One Sunday morning Vice-President Mike Pence appeared on several Sunday morning news shows to spin Trump's most recent "moral equivalency" comments into something entirely else. Other Republicans though made clear that they did not agree with the President's comments.  The most eloquent observation though came from Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse:
You know, I'll be honest, I don't know what the president is trying to do with statements like he allegedly has on O'Reilly, on the Super Bowl tonight. So I've only seen little clips of it. There may be a broader context.
But let's be clear.
Has the U.S. ever made any mistakes?
Of course.
Is the U.S. at all like Putin's regime?
Not at all.
Truth affirms freedom of speech. Putin is no friend of ... freedom of speech.
Putin is an enemy of freedom of religion. The U.S. celebrates freedom of religion.
Putin is an enemy of the free press. The U.S. celebrates free press.
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.

Ben Sasse is a true American patriot.   Donald Trump is as far away from being a patriot as an American citizen could be. 


Anonymous said...

Pence is a loser for sucking up to Trump

Veterans for Peace Indianapolis said...

How many countries has Russia invaded post-1991? How many US? How far away from current borders were each of these invasions? How many military bases around the world for each country? I will not defend Russian government because it is a government, but Trump is correct in pointing out US using moral high ground to do immoral things is wrong.

Anonymous said...

With complete zero intellect buffoons like Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer in the DJT Administration, I agree with Matt Drudge on what we've come to expect from Traditional Establishment GOP tools we keep voting for when all they do is croon the siren song of their promises to rescind the American economy killing Obamacare, that they will enforce the immigration laws already on the books, and that they will reduce the high taxation helping to contribute to our living paycheck to paycheck and never ever come through: "Republicans" should be sued for fraud.

It's just that simple.

Truly the Party of Stupid. And the Party of No Spine.

Veterans for Peace Indianapolis said...

Does Ben the Patriot Sasse reject the truth?