Conservative activist slams Trump as ‘despicable’ and ‘unamerican’ for praising ‘killer’ Vladimir Putin

Conservative activist slams Trump as ‘despicable’ and ‘unamerican’ for praising ‘killer’ Vladimir Putin

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is being met with vehement condemnation by President Joe Biden and his NATO allies, from French President Emanuel Macron to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson. But former President Donald Trump, on the other hand, has been outright praising Russian President Vladimir Putin. And Never Trump conservative Tim Miller, a former Republican, slams Trump’s overtly pro-Putin comments as appalling and “unamerican” in a blistering article published by The Bulwark on February 24.

“Over the past 48 hours,” Miller writes, “Trump’s aberrant response to the Russian invasion has been deploying the type of rhetoric which has two obvious analogs in modern American history: the America-First Nazi apologists of the 1930s on the one hand and the America-Last, red Soviet apologists of the Cold War on the other.”

Miller adds, “But these two groups were outliers who, even if they had some sizable public support, were mostly kept away from the levers of power. Donald Trump was ostensibly the leader of the Free World until a year ago and remains one party’s frontrunner to return to that role a few years hence. Given that stature, his rhetoric is without precedent.”

Trump’s admiration for Putin was very much on display during a MAGA fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago on Wednesday, February 23. The former president told the crowd, “Putin’s smart. I mean, he’s taking over a country for $2 worth of sanctions. I’d say that’s pretty smart. He’s taking over a country.... a great piece of land with a lot of people, and just walking right in.”

After that event, Trump went on Laura Ingraham’s show on Fox News and blamed President Joe Biden for the Ukraine crisis. Ingraham attacked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as “pathetic.” And Ingraham, Miller notes, was more than happy to bring “the former president onto her show in order to advance a message right out of Putin’s anti-American propaganda playbook.”

Although Trump had nothing but praise for Putin, he was quick to attack Biden — telling Ingraham, “(Putin) sees the weakness and the incompetence and the stupidity of this administration…. and it all happened because of a rigged election.”

From praising a strongman who is now invading a sovereign nation to promoting the Big Lie and making the false claim that the 2020 election was stolen from him, Trump was expressing his contempt for democracy on “The Ingraham Angle.”

“There is no splitting hairs here,” Miller emphasizes. “To argue that Putin is strong, smart and successful in part because American democracy is a sham is a direct assault on our country, and it puts our former president in league with a killer who aims to destabilize a continent and the alliances that have kept us free and secure for decades.”

Miller continues, “It is despicable. It is un-American. And if Donald Trump continues to be enabled by the Republican Party, Republican voters and America’s conservative propaganda machines, then we may very well be led once again by this man, giving him the chance to follow through on his promise to break-up the NATO alliance and put a stake through the heart of our democracy once and for all. Americans of goodwill must not let petty, political bickering get in the way of this stark reality. The danger this man poses to democracy the world over has not passed.”

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