Trump defended Putin last night re DNC hack, then criticized US

Ronald Reagan would have rolled over in his grave.

Last night on MSNBC, in front of an audience of US service members, Donald Trump praised Russian President Vladimir Putin, said Putin was a better leader than Obama, and then defended Putin when Matt Lauer mentioned the DNC hack.

Here’s the transcript, then we’ll discuss:

Trump defended Putin

First, Trump notes how “popular” Putin is at home, with an 82% approval rating. Trump fails to mention that those who stand up to Putin — from journalists, to dissidents, to LGBT activists — often find themselves dead. So it’s not that much of a surprise that, when asked by a stranger whether they approve of Putin, Russians roundly say “da.”

Then, and this is the really bad part, Matt Lauer names all the bad things Putin has done, including annexing Crimea, supporting Assad, undermining US influence in the Middle East and beyond, and being the main suspect in the DNC hack. How did Trump respond? He first defended Putin, suggesting that maybe Putin wasn’t responding for the DNC hack, then he said that President Obama had done things just as bad as Putin.

That second point is the most damning. The Republican presidential candidate just suggested that the United States is as bad an actor on the world stage as Russia’s Putin. Let that sink in.

So are the US service members in the audience fighting for the wrong team? And if Trump thinks America is just as morally bankrupt as Russia, then why is he trying to become president at all? Maybe Trump would be happy running for president of Russia. Oh that’s right, that’s Putin’s job, and he kills his opponents.

The thing is, this isn’t the first time the Trump campaign has suggested that the US has unclean hands when criticizing Russia. One of Trump’s key foreign policy advisers, Carter Page, was in Moscow earlier this year giving a speech. In his talk, Page criticized the US’ “often-hypocritical focus on democratization, inequality, corruption and regime change.” Page then went on to suggest that America is not “democratic.”

Which has me wondering, why does Trump seem so intent on currying favor with Putin? Is Trump trying to schmooze Putin for possible business deals after the election, should he lose in November?

Whatever the motivation, the Trump campaign’s anti-Americanism isn’t a glitch, it’s a feature.

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  • Bill_Perdue

    Yep.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Yes, that aptly describes the DP and your brothers and sisters in the RP.
    Blocking is a win, win. You run way and hide and no long defend right wing politics from criticism by leftists and others bound to reality.

  • Baal

    Absurd. Utterly. Insane.

    And now blocked.

  • Bill_Perdue

    If she understands that Democrats and their Republican brothers and sisters are the same then she’s at lease capable of understanding reality. That’s something that Democrats and their Tea Party brothers and sisters cannot understand.

  • Badgerite

    Bye now. Wow, did you hear that the Trump Monster stiffed the people working for the GOP policy shop they set up to try to make him sound as if he has a clue. He wouldn’t listen to them and they weren’t paid so they walked. Digby has a really good post about it. It is just stunning that these people actually would trust the Trump Monster after knowing anything about his business record.

  • Baal

    You think Maureen Dowd is clever?

  • Well neither of us thinks either of us is a liberal so IDK. Bye!

  • Badgerite

    I rest my case. Progressivism and liberalism are not based on hopelessness. You sound more like the Trump Monster than the
    the Trump Monster.

  • Badgerite

    I can’t imagine how my comment ‘proves’ anything. Other than I don’t think you are even remotely a liberal any more than Maureen
    Dowd is a liberal. And given the crap you are always spouting I’m pretty sure I’m right.

  • I love it when the neoliberals realize they’re not really liberals – just like this comment proves.

  • Badgerite

    Because people like you spread shit around that is not true. I think the GOP made a mistake by asking for all of the materials from the FBI investigations. What is leaking out is all exonerating Hilary Clinton as against everyone else. Colin Powell did indeed advise her in January of 2009 to use a private email. State Department regulations allowed for it and it was a common practice at State. The server she used was run by a company that Bill Clinton had used and it had an excellent record as against any hacking attempts. Better than the State Department. So it is highly unlikely that her emails were hacked. The Washington Post has looked at it and just put out an editorial calling pretty much what it was and what it is….a nothing burger. There is no scandal and there never was. Not an email ‘scandal’ and not any scandal that the Clinton Foundation, which has received the highest ratings from both Charity Watch and Charity Navigator, was involved in.

  • Badgerite

    You’re not a liberal. She has people like Russ Feingold on her side.
    You do not. And Maureen Dowd is not a liberal either. She is a hack.
    Always has been and still is. I remember her stupid ‘reportage’, if you can call it that, from 2000. She did the same hatchet job on Al Gore and talked up GW.
    And as we all know. He turned out to be a ‘wonderful’ (snark) president.

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  • It’s true. She’s not a liberal.

  • Bill_Perdue

    As New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd cleverly reflects:”All these woebegone Republicans whining that they can’t rally behind their flawed candidate is crazy. The G.O.P. angst, the gnashing and wailing and searching for last-minute substitutes and exit strategies, is getting old. They already have a 1-percenter who will be totally fine in the Oval Office, someone they can trust to help Wall Street, boost the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, cuddle with hedge funds, secure the trade deals beloved by corporate America, seek guidance from Henry Kissinger and hawk it up. … The Republicans have their candidate: It’s Hillary.http://www.truthdig.com/report/page2/it_takes_a_ruling-class_village_to_staff_the_white_house_20160828

  • Bill_Perdue

    ”The only reason that a dangerous, white-nationalist, uber-narcissist and Breitbart-wielding hatemonger like Donald Trump—with his bombastic promise to “make America great again” partly by restoring lost U.S. industrial supremacy—is even still in shouting distance of Clinton is that millions of working- and middle-class Americans know in their bones that she is part of that great dark cancellation, foreclosure and enclosure.” http://www.truthdig.com/report/page3/it_takes_a_ruling-class_village_to_staff_the_white_house_20160828

  • Sassan

    A day after once again not only praising and gushing over Putin, but a day after he actually said that he prefers Putin over Obama; Donald Trump goes on Russia Today (RT) bashing American foreign policy. RT is the Putin/Kremlin funded and state run propaganda network. Donald Trump is truly the anti-American candidate and the candidate of the Kremlin. His whole campaign team reeks close ties and relationships with Putin’s tyrannical regime (including himself). Wonder why he isn’t releasing his tax returns??

  • crazymonkeylady

    Never underestimate the stupidity of people in large groups.

  • Yeah most unpopular candidates in history – congress has it’s lowest approval rating ever, or at least in a very long time. Nothing to get excited about. This place sucks – the people, the government, etc.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Let me introduce you to the American people, because you don’t seem to know much about them.

  • And why isn’t she doing better against him?

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