That Master of Perception, George W. Bush had this observation when he first met Vladimir Putin. “I looked into his eyes and could see into his soul.” The fact that G.W. did not projectile vomit like Linda Blair in “The Exorcist” as a result showed that he may not have plumbed very deeply into Vlad’s essence. Of course, Republicans have conducted a “bromance” with the Russian tyrant. 37 percent of the GOP “expressed confidence” in him in 2006. Post-Ukraine, 7 percent of the Party of Lincoln still trusts Vlad. Seriously? How can that be?
Well, Donnie said so. When Vlad first invaded Ukraine, Donald J. Trump claimed Putin’s invasion of Ukraine was “an act of genius” and that Vlad was “a very savvy guy who loves his country.” If Donnie ever runs for office again, play that video on a split screen next to the corpses on the streets of Bucha. People might still vote for Donnie though.
Donnie’s acolytes added to the pro-Putin chorus. Madison Cawthorn said, “Remember that Zelensky is a thug. Remember that the Ukrainian government is incredibly corrupt and is incredibly evil and has been pushing woke ideologies.” That’s right, Mad. Ukrainian schools taught Critical Race Theory and required COVID vaccination. They had it coming.
Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) chimed in, “NATO has been supplying the neo-Nazis in Ukraine with powerful weapons and extensive training on how to use them.” You got it, Marge. Next thing you know, those Ukrainian neo-Nazis will be goose-stepping down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the White House.
Of course, the Leading Idiot in the pro-Putin chorus is Tucker Carlson. When Vlad invaded Ukraine, Tucker said, “There’s no reason to hate Putin. He is not shipping every middle class job in your town to Russia. He isn’t teaching your kids to embrace racial discrimination.“ With that political platform, Putin could have been elected Governor of Virginia last year.
Tucker was against sending arms to Ukraine. “That will only prolong the fighting at the expense of Ukraine’s vulnerable civilian population.” Good point, Tuck. Ukrainians should have just let those Russian missiles and bombs flatten their schools, hospitals, and homes. Shooting them down will only make the Russians angry and result in more missiles and bombs.
The only thing better than one Conspiracy Theory is two wrapped in one package. Tucker said that Russia had to invade Ukraine because those nasty neo-Nazis were building bioweapons labs with help from (Hold on for the Big Reveal) Hunter Biden!
Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is a human disaster of the first magnitude. The fact that a former President, sitting Congresspersons, and a prominent TV opinion host have publicly supported this crime against humanity is frightening. Presumably, the 93% of America sees Putin’s War for what it is.
By Ed Dufton