On a frightening clip on MSNBC’s Morning Joe with Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, Donald Trump was discussing over the phone about receiving an endorsement from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Putin said the prior day that Trump “is a bright personality, a talented person, no doubt about it.” Also saying that he welcomes Trump’s wanting to move to better terms with Russia.
When Trump was asked about Putin’s comments, he said, “I think I’d get along very well with Vladimir Putin. I just think so.”
Brezinski also asked Trump what he thought of the endorsement from the Russian leader, Trump said:
Sure, when people call you ‘brilliant’ it’s always good. Especially when the person heads up Russia.
Scarborough interjected to say:
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?
Rather than immediately condemning that sort of leadership, Trump completely dismisses these fascist elements of Putin’s leadership, simply saying:
He’s running his country, and at least he’s a leader. Unlike what we have in this country.
Um, ex-squeeze me?
Did Trump seriously imply Putin’s murdering and imprisonment of political dissenters are what leadership skills looks like, and did he offhandedly criticize Obama’s leadership because he doesn’t kill political dissidents?
Scarborough seemed stunned and reiterated his point to Trump:
But again: he kills journalists that don’t agree with him.
Again, Trump doesn’t so much as criticize the fact that Russia has no free press — the very thing that is key to a free country. He doesn’t bat an eye that the guy who just endorsed his candidacy kills journalists and political dissenters, Trump just goes on to criticizing America:
I think our country does plenty of killing, also, Joe, so, you know. 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.
There IS a lot of stupidity going on, mostly in the Trump sector. But besides that, this country doesn’t kill journalists simply for criticizing President Obama — something Trump should be thankful for, seeing as though he’s one of Obama’s biggest critics.
Finally after this frightening back and forth, Scarborough asks:
You obviously condemn Vladimir Putin killing journalists and political opponents, right?
I don’t know if that was so obvious, Joe, but I understand sometimes Trump needs to be taken by the hand and thrown at the correct answer.
Trump finally responds:
Oh sure, absolutely.
On that, I’m not so sure. Trump doesn’t handle dissent well. He doesn’t seem to understand the First Amendment at all, he’s completely for fascist ideas that are reminiscent of 1930’s Germany, and his dismissive response to Putin’s journalist killing antics are very Hitler-esque.
Hitler also closed down all free press when he took power in 1933 and killed or imprisoned journalists who dissented against him. Would it be hard to imagine President Trump doing similar things to journalists who constantly criticized him? Every time a reporter gets tough on the Trumpster, he takes to Twitter and calls the person a “loser” or some other fifth-grade level insult.
Remember his behavior to Megyn Kelly after she asked him an entirely justified question about his relations with women at the first Republican debate? Trump tried to ruin her career.
And I’m not saying Trump would go so far as to murder journalists, but I find it pathetic he’s so eager to kiss Putin’s ballsack that he won’t outright and immediately condemn Putin for being the leader of a country which doesn’t allow free press.
Watch the entire clip below:
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