Thursday, October 13, 2016
Putin Ally: Vote for Donald Trump Or Die
As we know Donald Trump has a cozy relationship with the Russian strongman Vladimir Putin.
So cozy in fact that the Obama administration has accused the Russians of trying to influence the result of the American election.
The Obama administration on Friday formally accused the Russian government of stealing and disclosing emails from the Democratic National Committee and a range of other institutions and prominent individuals, immediately raising the issue of whether President Obama would seek sanctions or other retaliation.
But this is the absolute limit.
Now one of Putin's allies is demanding that Americans vote for Trump or face nuclear war.
Americans should vote for Donald Trump as president next month or risk being dragged into a nuclear war, according to a Russian ultra-nationalist ally of President Vladimir Putin who likes to compare himself to the U.S. Republican candidate.
Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a flamboyant veteran lawmaker known for his fiery rhetoric, told Reuters in an interview that Trump was the only person able to de-escalate dangerous tensions between Moscow and Washington.
"Americans voting for a president on Nov. 8 must realize that they are voting for peace on Planet Earth if they vote for Trump. But if they vote for Hillary it's war. It will be a short movie. There will be Hiroshimas and Nagasakis everywhere."
Which is another grotesque attempt to interfere in the U.S. election, and must surely raise more questions about Donald Trump's weird world.
For most of this campaign, Donald Trump’s admiration for Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, and his willingness to act as a Kremlin apologist on issues ranging from Syria to the computer hacking of individuals and political parties have been sources of bafflement and dismay.
The American people need to know whether he can be trusted to uphold their country's interests.
Mr. Trump has no foreign policy experience. He has, however, received two briefings from American intelligence agencies that should have alerted him to the challenges facing the next president but apparently have not. All of which raises unsettling questions about whether the Republican nominee for the most powerful job in the world is Mr. Putin’s poodle, stubbornly naïve, totally clueless or, as some have ominously suggested, protecting undisclosed business interests in Russia.
Or is just Putin's little furry stooge.
Because when Trump recites false information from a Russian government source.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump repeated during a campaign rally a false story claiming that Hillary Clinton confidante Sidney Blumenthal privately admitted in hacked emails that Clinton was to blame for the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
The only problem: Blumenthal didn’t actually say any of that. In the email in question, Blumenthal was sharing a piece by Newsweek columnist Kurt Eichenwald in which Eichenwald made that argument.
You really have to wonder what on earth is going on.
And needless to say Kurt Eichenwald isn't amused...
And yes, this is the bottom line: Trump must release his taxes so American can see whether he is just hopelessly incompetent, in hock to a Russian oligarch, or a Russian agent.
And either way he is unfit to be President.
In the end, it may not matter whether Mr. Trump is being manipulated by Mr. Putin or naïvely accepting Mr. Putin’s twisted views. What does matter is that with each new bizarre utterance he provides further proof of his inability to evaluate credible information and, more broadly, his lack of fitness to further his country’s best interests.
We already knew Trump like to force himself on women without their consent.
And it is destroying his campaign.
But this is the treasonous kiss that could finally finish him off...