In an unprecedented attack on a little over half the country which voted against him in the election, Donald Trump passed along the disgusting words of his new friend Vladimir Putin in order to smear Democrats and Hillary Clinton. This is not normal.
Vladimir Putin said today about Hillary and Dems: "In my opinion, it is humiliating. One must be able to lose with dignity." So true!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 24, 2016
Trump was responding to a comment Putin recently made in which he pretended he had nothing to do with the hacking of Hillary Clinton’s staffer’s emails by suggesting Democrats are just looking for someone to blame.
“[The Democrats] are losing on all fronts and looking elsewhere for things to blame,” Putin said, according to Reuters. “In my view this degrades their own dignity. You have to know how to lose with dignity.”
Putin, who is suspected of killing numerous journalists for critiquing him, and jailing many others in order to hold onto power, is, of course, the least qualified person in the world to speak on losing with dignity.
Trump is a superfan though. Earlier, Trump embarrassingly blasted out a letter Putin had written him in which the Russian president promises to work closely with him during his administration.
Trump’s tweet of Putin’s derisive words towards Democrats again reinforces the idea that he would rather side with a human rights violating tyrant than stick up for Americans who get under his thin skin. This is, by any metric, one of the most unAmerican statements ever released by a President of the United States.
It’s rare that a president agrees with all Americans on any issue, but he is supposed to stick up for the entire country in the face of outside attacks. Instead, Trump is willingly egging on Putin to smear Democrats.
So far Republicans (many of whom accused Obama of any number of acts of “treason” for made-up scandals) have been completely silent.
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