The Donald and Vlad bromance in full bloom

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a meeting with prosecutor general Yuri Chaika, not pictured, at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. The Russian prosecutor general says foreign-funded NGO have been dodging the foreign agent law and have received money through foreign embassies in Russia. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

(AP)

The Trump campaign continues its bizarre defense of Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Even Mike Pence, who often tries to distance himself from Donald Trump’s more idiosyncratic outbursts, has joined in the effort. “I think it’s inarguable that Vladimir Putin has been a stronger leader in his country than Barack Obama has been in this country,” Pence said Thursday, and I guess there are ways in which that is true.

If your definition of “stronger” includes invading and intimidating much-smaller neighboring countries, imprisoning those political opponents whom you do not outright assassinate, shutting down media outlets that might question your actions and stealing most of your country’s wealth for yourself and a close circle of buddies, then yes, I guess Putin has been a strong leader.

Trump not only refuses to criticize Putin for any of that, he holds him up as a model of leadership. He has  further suggested that if Putin were to invade NATO allies such as Latvia and Lithuania, President Trump might just sit back and watch, despite our ironclad treaty obligations to defend those nations.  And he continues to excuse Putin’s brutality by claiming that hey, the United States does things that are just as bad.

Such utterances aren’t mistakes. Trump hasn’t been consistent about much in this campaign, but his clear pining for Putin’s affection has been rock steady throughout. And you have to know that if any Democratic politician had made similar excuses for Putin, Republicans would reconstitute the House UnAmerican Activities Committee, appoint U.S. Rep. Jason “Javert” Chaffetz as its chair, issue subpoenas, bring in the TV cameras and commence with the national show trials.

Instead these remarks are coming from Donald Trump, so they make him their presidential nominee. Even in an era when the bizarre has become commonplace, this is bizarre.

As Sen. Lindsey Graham put it, “I think this is the biggest miscalculation since people thought Hitler was a good guy.”


UPDATE:

Here’s some pretty stunning evidence of how easily and eagerly the GOP bends its principles to accommodate itself to Trump:

PUTIN Net-Favorability (YouGov/Economist Poll) among…

Democrats:

July 2014: -54

Aug 2016: -54

 

Republicans:

July 2014: -66

Aug 2016: -27

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Paul42
Paul42

"Deplorables" sheetz

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

North Korea defied world with nuclear test. Now it seeks aid for flood disaster.

http://tinyurl.com/hcxyboa

I would argue this is an opportune moment for nuclear negotiations but we know how well THOSE work out. If we aided him with cash, he'd spend it on himself or nukes.

L'il Kim II does not represent the people of North Korea who remain in desperate need of both a leader AND basic necessities.

Send them physical goods, NO MONEY, on the condition outside agencies be allowed to distribute the goods without the L'il Uni's minders in tow.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

Is Bookman a little slow on the draw after arguably the worst 72 hour stretch in Hillary's campaign?

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@Donnie_Pinko 

It's kinda like getting swept in a four-game series, while still leading your division by ten games.  Unfortunate, but not a reason to panic, or  even to change your lineup.

JamVet
JamVet

 Don Trump is a greater threat to our national security than ISIS.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@rimsky That's what Trump does, he makes up stuff and presents it as fact knowing full well he's telling a blatant lie.  His basket people fall for it every time.

JamVet
JamVet

Republican Jesus smiles...


A fire at the Florida mosque where Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen had prayed was deliberately set, the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office said.

The fire broke out early Monday morning at the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@JamVet 

Setting that fire is an un-American act, and insult to everything our founding fathers stood for.

Lee30519
Lee30519

The Dems refuted Hillary had health issues.  Now that has been proven.  The emails, perjury and pay to play have all come to be truth.  What else is coming?  Aren't you guys getting tired of defending a liar?

rimsky
rimsky

@Lee30519 No she did not lie.  

Your side of the wall is making shyte up (which are lies).

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@rimsky @Lee30519 Yea like my friends that were born in Jersey, them not being American, and their citizenship should be questioned like the president's, because they have Muslim names.  Lee is a clown.

Paul42
Paul42

@Lee30519

How does something 'come to be truth'?

It is truth, or it is not.

Define 'pay to play' and then tell us how it is 'truth', okay?

See, this is a forum where, after people get tired of the entertainment, they expect a modicum of rational discussion and substantiation in order to take someone seriously.

JamVet
JamVet

Lee is the morning shift for td.

Highly entertaining, even if suffering from that same White Power! disease...

rimsky
rimsky

@JamVet At least he does not cut and paste an entire novel like Mr. td does.

Lee30519
Lee30519

Clinton cares more about the illegal immigrant vote than protecting citizens of the US.

Paul42
Paul42

@Lee30519

So tell us how illegal immigrants can vote.

This should be entertaining....

rimsky
rimsky

@Lee30519 @Paul42 First green card and 5 years later citizenship.  

Now tell me how are they going to vote for Hillary.

This one is certifiable lune.

Paul42
Paul42

@Lee30519

If they are made US citizens then they would not be illegals, would they?

Offering a 'what if THIS happened!!??!" to justify a lie is more pathetic than usual, Lee.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Lee30519 I hate to be the one to break the news to you but there is not going to be a wall.  The United States does not own all of the land that this great wall will have to run thru and the American Indian's words are going to be more choice to Trump than the Mexican President's were if he even thinks about taking away their land.  

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Lee30519 @StraightNoChaser Law suit, after law suit, after lawsuit.  Law suits will drag on in court for years.  Trump went up against the indians before and guess what, he lost.  Trump is how old?  70?  He will never see a wall built and neither will you. LOL

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

Contrary to LapMedia and LibProgs, questioning Obama's birthplace and if he is a Muslim does not make one a racist.

It fits into the false narrative pushed by the LibProgs, but that does not make it a fact.


Paul42
Paul42

@StraightNoChaser

Notice how they never go on about how Pres Obama was born in Ireland?

(Yes, cons, he does have Irish ancestry).

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Lee30519 @StraightNoChaser @JohnnyReb I love it, every time you try to run away from the basket label you put yourself right back in it.  Just because someone has a Muslim name does not mean that they were not born here.  I have a friend whose name is Najeebah Muhammed that was born in Jersey.  Yea you are one of those basket people. LOL