Retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey had a few choice words about Donald Trump’s interview with Bill O’Reilly this weekend. McCaffrey basically called Trump un-American for suggesting that US troops are murderous thugs with the same morality as Putin’s Russia.
In the interview, Trump once again defended Vladimir Putin, even when O’Reilly noted that Putin routinely has people killed who disagree with him.
Even more disturbing, Trump didn’t just defend Putin, he attacked the United States, alleging that America is just as immoral as Vladimir Putin and Russia, and does things just as bad as Putin’s murder spree.
Here’s the video of Trump’s words, followed by McCaffrey’s blistering response. Note how when O’Reilly says “but he’s a killer,” Trump responds, TWICE, by saying: “What, you think our country is so innocent?”
Most of the clips on TV don’t show the second time Trump says that phrase. The second time really drills it home. There’s venom in it. Then, a few seconds later, Trump explains what he’s talking about, like the invasion of Iraq. “A lot of killers around, believe me,” Trump says. He’s talking about the US military.
I’m actually incredulous that the president would make a statement like that. One could argue that’s the most anti-American statement ever made by the president of the United States. To confuse American values with Putin, who’s running a criminal oligarchy, who kills people abroad and at home, who imprisons journalists and takes away business property, who shares it with his former KGB agents, who invades and seizes Crimea and eastern Ukraine. This is an astonishing state of affairs.
And here’s the McCaffrey video:
— John Aravosis (@aravosis) February 6, 2017
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