When Donald Trump doesn’t get his way or is portrayed accurately — or as he would say, unfairly — in the media, it’s a fair bet that he’ll do one of just a couple things he has memorized by heart: He’ll deny that the mess-up he’s just completed ever happened, he’ll blame someone else for it, or he will attempt to deflect attention away from it entirely.
When he has to resort to that last method, he has a few favorite foils to go to with his sarcastic and shameful Twitter feed, which is his primary form of communication for circumventing the standard media — he likes to talk about unemployment being low (although the unemployment rate drop has actually slowed since he took office), taxes being cut (for the ultra-rich; everyone else’s tax cuts will be expiring soon), or his very favorite subject of all… Hillary Clinton.
That’s exactly where he went when he got home from his absolutely horrifying weekend in Helsinki, Finland, where he purposely sided with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin regarding the Kremlin’s interference in the 2016 US presidential election, then left open the possibility of turning over US citizens to Putin for questioning in a case regarding the whistleblower whose revelations led to the sanctions the United States levied on Russia during the Obama years.
In an effort to minimize the gravity of his attitude toward Russia, Trump tweeted a video Thursday morning of Hillary Clinton speaking of how America wants a “strong” Russia:
We want very much to have a strong Russia, because a strong, competent, prosperous, stable Russia is, we think, in the interests of the world.”
The reason we helpfully circled that logo in the top right corner of the video is because that’s the logo for “Channel One,” Russia’s state television broadcasting network.
So, uh… Yeah. Donald Trump tweeted Russian propaganda to try and discredit Hillary Clinton and make his own support for Russia seem like no big deal. Oh, did we mention that it was filmed two years before Vladimir Putin became Russia’s leader?
I don’t think this is helping.
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