Since when is any criticism of a U.S. candidate remotely considered to be hardcore hatred of a foreign government? Since Russia just decided to call President Obama’s truth bomb regarding Donald Trump’s bromance with Russia’s president “hard-core Russophobia,” and claimed that going after Trump like that may hurt US-Russia relations.
On Tuesday, President Obama called out Donald Trump for appearing on a Russian government sponsored television station, and for his sycophantic praise of Vladimir Putin. Obama slammed Trump’s fanboy comments about Putin’s 82 percent approval rating, and accused Trump of trying to “curry favor” with the totalitarian leader. (Video in the link below)
“When the interviewer asks him [Trump], ‘why do you support this guy [Putin]?’ He says, ‘He is a strong guy. Look, he’s got an 82 percent poll rating.’ Well, yes, Saddam Hussein had a 90 percent poll rating. If you control the media and you’ve taken away everybody’s civil liberties, and you jail dissidents, that’s what happens.”
Now the Kremlin has issued a statement cautioning that these criticisms of Trump are, “unlikely to help fledgling fragile attempts to build at least some sort of mutual trust,” between the U.S. and Russia. Which sounds a lot like, hey, leave Trump alone because we like him and stop telling the truth about Putin’s poll numbers.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, when asked about Obama’s comments on Trump:
“Unfortunately, we see continued displays of often hardcore Russophobia, we can only express regret in this regard. This rhetoric, which is being formulated in electoral campaign style … is unlikely to help fledgling fragile attempts to build at least some sort of mutual trust.”
Because if the U.S. president calls out a U.S. candidate for bandying about poll numbers that reflect fascist-style intervention as if they were a good thing it is a bad thing?
It isn’t anti-Russian, and surely not “hardcore Russophobia” to point out that Putin’s poll numbers must be affected by the fact that if you are against him you could be jailed.
The scary thing here is the intimation that attacking Trump for what many have seen as an overt “Putinophilia” (obsessive love of all things Putin) could hurt our relations with Russia. Between the two men, Putin and Trump, they seem to have near zero ability to handle even honest criticism. Perhaps that is the basis of their mutual admiration?
How bad does Russia want Donald Trump at the helm of our country?
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