Once again Donald Trump is defending Putin. But this time he’s vilifying America to excuse Russia. And some Republicans aren’t having it.
This weekend, Trump taped an interview with Fox’s Bill O’Reilly that will air during the Superbowl.
In the interview Trump told O’Reilly that he respected Vladimir Putin. Apparently it doesn’t bother Trump that Putin has murdered journalists and opponents, annexed Crimea, supported Syrian murderous strongman Bashar al-Assad, and interfered in our election.
“I do respect him. Well, I respect a lot of people, but that doesn’t mean I’ll get along with them.”
O’Reilly objected and reminded Trump that Putin is “a killer.”
Trump then defended Russia by vilifying America.
“We have a lot of killers. You think our country is so innocent?”
That comment isn’t going over well with most of America. And, for once, even Republicans are condemning Trump’s words.
Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich, along with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), spoke out in their opposition.
America has been a beacon of light and freedom. There is no equivalence with the brutal regime of Vladimir Putin.
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) February 5, 2017
“When has a Democratic political activist been poisoned by the GOP, or vice versa? We are not the same as #Putin.”
And McConnell added,
“I don’t think there is any equivalency between the way the Russians conduct themselves and the way the United States does.”
Trump has been out of control for a long time now. It’s good to see that some Republicans are finally speaking out against him and standing up for what’s right.