Yesterday, Vladimir Putin gave a ringing endorsement of Donald Trump. Putin said that the Donald was a “very outstanding person, talented, without any doubt.” On Friday, the intriguing bromance blossomed even more when Trump addressed the controversial backing by everyone’s favorite shirtless despot on MSNBC’s Morning Joe talk show.
TV host Mika Brzezinski asked Trumpkovich what he thought of Putin’s verbal bouquets, and he responded by saying, “When people call you brilliant, it’s always good, especially when the person heads up Russia.”
The other host, Joe Scarborough, then jumped in to remind Trump that Putin doesn’t exactly have the greatest human rights resume. “Well, I mean, also is a person who kills journalists, political opponents and invades countries, obviously that would be a concern, would it not?” Trump retorted, “He’s running his country, and at least he’s a leader, unlike what we have in this country.” Yeah, that’s not exactly denouncing killing journalists.
Scarborough stresses the point again. “But, again: He kills journalists that don’t agree with him.” To which Trump responds, “Well, I think that our country does plenty of killing, too, Joe.”
Before moving on, Scarborough gave Trump one last chance to not endorse killing journalists. “You obviously condemn Vladimir Putin killing journalists and political opponents, right?” And Trump finally says the right answer. “Oh sure,” Trump responded, “Absolutely.” Which was followed by, “I’ve always felt fine about Putin. He’s a strong leader. He’s a powerful leader.” Jeez, get a room you two!
I’d love to bash Trump here, but I have to be honest, if someone said nice things about in public I would be a fan of theirs for life or until they said anything bad about me. Mao Zedong, killed between 40 to 70 million deaths through starvation, forced labor and executions (Which would give him more murders than Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin combined). But if Mao said that I was the best writer in the world, then I would probably say, “That Mao did do a lot for gender equality for the females in China.” People covet compliments, especially from influential people, but if you’re running for President of the United States you should keep your undying endearment for Vladimir Putin under your hat and not endorse him killing journalists.