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Donald Trump on Putin, In His Own Words

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | January 11, 2017 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | January 11, 2017 |

Let’s take a quick time out from both the unsubstantiated claims and the verified claims about Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, and let’s just ask ourselves one question:

Why does Donald Trump show so much regard for Vladimir Putin?

There is literally no logical explanation for this. Russia is not a friend of ours. They aren’t now, and they never have been. Politically, it defies logic. Russia has been viewed unfavorably by the American public for decades, and that hadn’t changed before Trump entered the race for President. Is there a logical, rational policy reason for favoring Russia? The rulers in Russia do not share our same values. It is ruled over by an authoritarian government; the courts are not independent; the elections are corrupt; political opposition to Putin is not allowed; and journalists are routinely killed for speaking out against the government.

And yet, Trump shows high regard for Putin and Russia, an opinion that is at odds with those in his own political party and, indeed, many of his cabinet nominees. Even Rex Tillerson this morning said that Putin fails on human rights. European leaders are literally begging Trump to stand up to Putin. It would be so much easier politically for Trump to stand up to Russia. He would’ve had a much easier time winning the election. He’d have a much easier time governing.

And yet, when the American Intelligence community says that that Russian’s hacked the DNC, Trump refuses to believe them. When he is confronted with evidence, he remains skeptical. When the American media presents the public with the same information that he received last week during an intelligence briefing, Trump cites a Russian source to deny it.

Why is he sourcing Russian officials?

It makes no sense.

To put it all in context, here are all the statements Trump has made about Putin since the alleged blackmailing incident. If not blackmail, what could possibly explain these statements.

I am open to alternative theories.

The amount of flattery is staggering.

Why would John McCain go to the FBI about unsubstantiated claims unless he, too, believed that Trump had been compromised? I’m at a loss for another explanation.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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