Friday, September 9, 2016

Praising Putin and Authoritarianism...

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Trump and Pence are doubling down on praise for the ex KGB operative and now Russian president Vladmir Putin. When IT becomes acceptable for an American presidential candidate of a major American political party to praise the authoritarian and brutal leadership and governing ideology of a dictator smart folks will run as fast and as far as possible from that party's nominee.

For Trump to openly praise Putin while trashing our American president says much about Trump's temperament and views on how to govern. Trump is a disgrace to our republic, and, our founding fathers would no doubt be spinning in their graves were that possible.

WASHINGTON — Donald J. Trump’s campaign on Thursday reaffirmed its extraordinary embrace of Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, signaling a preference for the leadership of an authoritarian adversary over that of America’s own president, despite a cascade of criticism from Democrats and expressions of discomfort among Republicans.

“I think it’s inarguable that Vladimir Putin has been a stronger leader in his country than Barack Obama has been in this country,” Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, Mr. Trump’s running mate, said on CNN, defending Mr. Trump by echoing his latest praise for the Russian leader, offered Wednesday night in a televised candidate forum.


In Wednesday’s forum, which was moderated by Matt Lauer of NBC and was devoted to national security issues, Mr. Trump twice denigrated America’s generals; suggested he would fire the country’s current military leadership; and insinuated — vaguely, unverifiably and without evidence — that the intelligence officials who recently gave him a classified briefing about threats to the United States had said that the president had flouted their advice.


In the forum, Mr. Trump said of Mr. Putin that he had been a leader “far more than our president,” and he praised Mr. Putin’s firm grip on Russia.

And after Mr. Lauer highlighted Mr. Putin’s record, Mr. Trump shot back, “But do you want me to start naming some of the things that President Obama does at the same time?”

Such talk is a remarkable break from the traditional boundaries of American political speech. And, as with his past provocations, Mr. Trump once again left his fellow Republicans scrambling to defend what many effectively conceded was indefensible.

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Trump apparently had a certain admiration for this fellow as well.

Via: Memeorandum

UPDATE  9/9/16  10:55 AM

The Washington Post - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump criticized U.S. foreign policy and the American political press corps Thursday during an interview on RT America, a state-owned Russian television network.

In a wide-ranging interview that aired Thursday evening, Trump spoke with journalist Larry King about the presidential race, American intervention in Iraq and the Middle East, and the potential intrusion by Russian hackers into Democratic Party databases. RT, which airs in several countries in English and Russian, is funded by the Russian government; though it characterizes itself as independent, the network has been regularly accused of pro-Kremlin bias.

The interview came as Trump faced sustained criticism for praising Russian President Vladimir Putin, which he has regularly done on the campaign trail — to the discomfort of many members of his own party, who have distanced themselves from the comments.

Simply astounding. The utter ignorance of Donald J. Trump is an embarrassment to the GOP and the Americxan people as a whole.

Continue reading BELOW THE FOLD.


  1. Trump and Kim Jong Un: they think alike, they act alike...and they both have weird hairdos.

  2. Trump and Putin sitting in a tree...

    Seriously. This outrage needs to be kept in front of the American people until the election in November. The far right Tea Party Trump supporters never fail to question Obama's patriotism, based on flimsy speculations about "apology" speeches; which, if they had the talent to read, they would understand Mr. Obama doesn't apologize, he does what honorable people do, and that's acknowledge when they or their country make mistakes. It's in keeping with Mr. Obama's idea of America becoming "a more perfect union," just like it says in our Constitution.

    Trump has crossed so many lines during his campaign that people seem to run from one outrage to another before the meaning of the latest outrage sinks in.

    What we know is this: Trump insulted POWs when he said he likes people who don't get caught; Trump said about ISIS, that he knows more than the generals; Trump insulted and attacked a Gold Star family; and the latest -- on Wednesday he said the generals are a pile of rubble. Thursday evening Trump went on a Russian owned teevee network and praised Putin while dissing our American president and commander in chief.

    Do we see a pattern here? Where is the outrage from the people who have raised worship of all things military to a fetish? Check out the usual blogs and find nothing. Not a damn thing about Trump's dishonorable attacks against America and America's military.

    We all know he's a damn fool, but I had never thought of him as a quasi-quisling.

    I'm going to link to this RN. We need more bloggers to get the message of how crazy Trump is.

    1. "Trump insulted POWs when he said he likes people who don't get caught."

      That was truly awful, Shaw.

  3. Thanks for the link Shaw!

    How so many people have allowed themselves to be bamboozeld by Drump's dishonesty, demagoguery, and outright anti American bulls*it is completely outside of my ability to grasp.

    You're absolutely right, bloggers who understand the EXTREME danger this idiot represents should continue to do everthing they can to keep Drump's BS out front and center. Those who haven't done so already shoulf start NOW.

  4. It goes to show how intellectually shallow conservatism has become. Trump embraces Vladimir Friggin' Putin, openly claims our military is in disarray and in conflict with the President, with obviously no understanding whatsoever of either subject, and his supporters don't care. In a way, it's funny as all hell. It's also just as scary.


  5. "With Election Day less than two months away, Democrats are increasingly worried that Hillary Clinton has not built a formidable lead against Donald Trump despite his historic weaknesses as a national party candidate."

    from the Washington Post

    It's all alternate history here, but I am kind of thinking that Bernie Sanders might have been able to build a stronger, more solid lead.

  6. Hi Les,
    It's been awhile since we last connected. How are things? Returned recently from a Caribbean and Central American cruise. Honduras looks like a good place to seek political asylum. I might just go there.

  7. It was an interesting contrast between Clinton and Trump's responses to N Korea's nuclear detonation. Clinton convened a bipartisan panel of experts to discuss it, and Trump blamed Clinton.

  8. Hey (O)CT(O)PUS! Hope you enjoyed your cruise.

    Me, I was thinking Costa Rico.

    Wekcomes back.

  9. Yes dmarks, Sanders may well have ran stronger against Trump than HCR is.

  10. "The utter ignorance of Donald J. Trump is an embarrassment to the GOP and the American people as a whole"
    While many Americans find Trump attractive, we note in a poll of European voters a couple months back, Clinton 60%/ Trump 6%. Why? " Asked to say how they would feel if Trump were elected in November, the most likely response is fear (46%), followed by disappointment (40%). 27% say they would be sad and the same proportion say they would be angry." I guess Europe doesn't have FauxNews...

  11. I guess Europe doesn't have Faux News.

    If that be so then Europe is fortunate.

  12. Europe has Sky News, which is the same thing with a different name. No idea how popular it is though!

  13. Interesting, dmarks. Sky News is a part of the Murdoch media empire. A blogger in Australia considers it
    a mild version of Fox, but notes that Australian conservatives are mostly equivalent to US centrist Democrats. It is very popular in Britain. However, "Sky News operates under the requirements of United Kingdom broadcasting regulations that require neutrality and impartial, unbiased coverage. It is viewed by some in the media establishment as an impartial and unbiased provider of news". It is the main competitor
    to BBC, but not as staid. An English progressive notes, "in style and in substance, of course, it is nothing like the pro-war, pro-Republican, pro-Palin Fox News Channel... Sky News remains, as far as I can see, free of party political bias."


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