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Putin Praises Trump as “Brilliant” and “Talented”: Update: Trump Responds

Putin Praises Trump as “Brilliant” and “Talented”: Update: Trump Responds

Does Putin see a kindred spirit . . . or something else?

While I didn’t think Donald Trump did a particularly great job in Tuesday’s CNN debate, his poll numbers and recent comment about a temporary halt to Muslims coming into the country have stirred interest in his candidacy abroad.  The latest foreign leader to weigh in on Trump is Russian president Vladimir Putin who thinks Trump is “brilliant,” “talented,” and “very colorful.”

The Hill reports:

Russian President Vladimir Putin had kind words for his “stablemate” Donald Trump during an annual end-of-the-year Q-and-A session in Moscow.

“He’s a really brilliant and talented person, without any doubt,” Putin told reporters, according to a translation by Interfax. “It’s not our job to judge his qualities, that’s a job for American voters, but he’s the absolute leader in the presidential race.”

Putin claims that Trump was the “absolute leader” in the GOP presidential debates.


Setting aside someone like Putin calling anyone else very colorful (remember the Russian lawmaker who wanted to mail Russian women Putin’s sperm to create a military and political elite class?), Putin’s interest in Trump is largely due to Trump’s openness to offering Putin’s Russia a seat at the table.

ABCNews reports:

[Putin] added: “He wants to move to a different level of relations, to more solid, deeper relations with Russia. And how can Russia not welcome that? We welcome that.”

Despite the apparent character recommendation, Putin did, however, seem to question Trump’s populist methods and often inflammatory statements.

“As for his internal political issues and his turns of speech which he uses to raise his popularity, I repeat, it’s not our job to judge them,” Putin said.

In some ways, Trump’s insistence that he can repair U. S. relations with Russia is reminiscent of the similar Obama-Hillary “restart” disaster and to Obama’s insistence during his 2008 presidential campaign that he would “sit down” without precondition with, among other questionable rogue states and assorted dictatorships, Iran.

For their part, Russian scholars and media are already speculating about what a Trump presidency would mean for Russia.

The Moscow Times reports:

According to Ivan Kurilla, a professor at the European University in St. Petersburg, the truth is that what Trump says about Putin is actually directed at Obama.

“While Russia has become an apparent failure for the Obama administration, Trump says that he can deal with Putin, just like during the last election when Obama was proud of the ‘reset’ in the U.S.-Russian relationship and Mitt Romney was calling Russia the main geopolitical foe. He was doing it in order to criticize the White House, not Russia,” Kurilla said in written comments.

. . . . Trump has promised that he will impose harder sanctions on Iran in order to make a deal “from strength,” meaning that Iran’s oil will not hit the market, increasing the chances that the price of oil — Russia’s main export — will go up.

In addition, Trump said he would want to put more pressure on China, including an imposition of a tariff on its exports into the U.S.. This could empower Russia in the eyes of the Chinese leadership and drive the two closer together.

Putin, however, is no pushover, and it wouldn’t be long—warns a Russian columnist—before Trump realized that Putin is mocking and manipulating him.

The Moscow Times continues:

Russian columnist for Bloomberg View Leonid Bershidsky has compared Trump with “brash, showy businessmen,” and Yevgeny Chichvarkin and Boris Berezovsky in particular. The two fled Russia for London in order to avoid what they said was politically motivated criminal prosecution at home. Putin eats such people “for lunch,” according to Bershidsky.

“Eventually, however, even Trump would come to understand that he was being mocked and manipulated, the Putin behavior that Obama can’t stand. Trump’s disappointment might produce an even more bitter confrontation than the one between Putin and Obama,” Bershidsky wrote in a column published at the end of July.

This is a Russian newspaper, of course and an English language one at that, so take with the usual grain (or two) of salt.  It is interesting, however, that Putin was so effusive in his praise of The Donald, and it’s hard not to wonder if he sees a kindred alpha male spirit  . . . or someone whom he could easily manipulate.

Update:  Last night, Trump responded to Putin’s comments on Hannity.


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Putin sees in Trump the same thing many Americans see: a candidate who isn’t shy about calling Islamic Terrorism what it is.

Nobody else did that in public, until Trump did it. That’s the operational definition of leadership.

Putin sees a candidate who isn’t a milquetoast like our current President.

    Estragon in reply to Sanddog. | December 17, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Right, because Putin WANTS someone he can’t roll over?

    Fat chance. He’s hoping for another buffoon who thinks he can persuade Russia into better behavior. And he’s drinking vodka and laughing at us for playing into his hand.

      Sanddog in reply to Estragon. | December 17, 2015 at 9:51 pm

      Putin has no respect for a man like Obama. That’s what this is all about… just another swipe at our pajama boy president.

This is where all the Trump-olès conveniently forget the last, oh I don’t know decade-plus. Putin is, let me put it in Donald terms so you can understand ‘He’s a jerk, a total loser, a stiff’.

When our top geo-political foe is essentially endorsing you for President…

    Not an endorsement but a show of respect !! One can respect an adversary (or not), it isn’t an endorsement. If your theory was correct then Putin must think Obama is his worst nightmare because all he ever does with Obama is make funny of him, have his staff make monkey cartoons, etc. Under your thinking that must be Putin’s way of saying he is very scared of Obama as opposed to what I see which is Putin is saying he has NO RESPECT for Obama.

    Saying he respect’s Trump is not an endorsement it is merely recognition that he see’s in Mr. Trump a worthy adversary.

      Ragspierre in reply to Gary Britt. | December 17, 2015 at 3:25 pm

      Gee, now if he can get the endorsement of the ChiComs and the mullahs in Iran, he’ll have a LOCK on the nomination…!!!

        Mr. Trump absolutely will get the respect of the Chinese and the Mullahs in Iran. Just like Reagan had their respect. The fact that Mr. Trump has this and several other things in common with Reagan is a good thing. It prevents wars and mistakes in judgment.

        Rags likes it better if our adversaries have no respect for our President. I guess he prefers a president that has things in common with Obama as opposed to Reagan.

        Not very conservative or thoughtful on Rags part, but his posts continually show that he is all about infantile bluster and thoughtfulness has nothing to do with his thinking.

Trump and Putin both understand the wisdom of keeping one’s friends close, and one’s enemies closer.

NC Mountain Girl | December 17, 2015 at 2:47 pm

First Mike Tyson, now Vlad. Is there any endorsement by some of the most vile examples of the human race that won’t cause the Trumpistas to take pause and think through the possible consequences of their temper tantrum?

The Barbarians most certainly are in the gates,

    So you oppose diversity within the GOP and think we should not broaden the base of the party.

      Milhouse in reply to Gary Britt. | December 17, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      If the Republican tent ever becomes big enough to have room for protectionists and nativists, then it will no longer be worth having.

        Without Trump the republican party is already not worth having.

        Sanddog in reply to Milhouse. | December 17, 2015 at 9:56 pm

        It’s certainly got room for crony capitalists. The only party worse for small businessmen in America than the democrats is the republicans.

          Sanddog you are wrong. The republican party is not worse for small business than the democrats. But the republican party is not much better for small business than the democrats, and that isn’t the way it should be. That is exactly why I and millions of other republicans despise the gop establishment. It isn’t supposed to be that way. But the gop establishment sold out 20 years or more ago to the global corporations and k street lobbyists. Trump is the only candidate which if nominated could blow up the gop establishment and maybe turn the republican party back into what it is supposed to be.

          Why do you think the gop establishment hates Trump? It sure isn’t because they think he is a global corporation loving on the take one of the boys like them.

    Duh Donald wins coveted endorsement of reconstituted KGB…!!!

    Bung-suckers rejoice…!!!

    (That’ll be a big winnah with the conservative base.)

    I think the answer is: “No.” Trumpistas have made it quite clear, sometimes in so many words, that there is NOTHING Trump could do or say that would make their enthusiastic support waver the slightest bit.

    They will always put a positive spin on anything unsavory about Trump, or any contradiction — even his bashing of Cruz for not being sufficiently deferential to the RINO sellouts in the Senate.

    All other candidates, of course, get a very different treatment.

With all the hot air coming out of both ends of the world I can see why climate change might become an issue…light years from now.

A positive assessment from someone leading, along with our former European allies, the fight against terrorism and the progress of a global refugee crisis, is a welcome endorsement for any candidate.

Putin for co president with Hillary. Pop up some corn, a 12 pack of Papst Blue ribbon beer to go with my white socks & red neck!

I honestly didn’t think Trump-bots could sink any lower.

A show of respect? C’mon. This is Vladimir Putin. The man has done his absolute best to destabilize NATO and Western Europe.. He is a friend to no one but himself and his Russian oligarchs. He wants to right all the wrongs he feels were done to the USSR/Russia during the fall of communism.

The man is as ‘cunning as a fox who’s just been appointed Professor of Cunning at Oxford University but has moved on and is now working for the U.N. at the High Commission of International Cunning Planning?'(Thank you Blackadder). Cunning; something I doubt Trump has in any amount.

    One does not have to stoop low to recognize the truth that is right before their eyes. In 1980 there were many comments written similar to yours about Reagan. They were wrong then and they are wrong now. Putin the man you described is exactly the kind of egomaniac that once to compete against the best and the brightest. It is no fun for a man like him to compete on the world stage against a childish moron like Obama. He would absolutely relish and desire the chance to compete against a worthy adversary. Against someone he respects like Mr Trump.

      Ragspierre in reply to Gary Britt. | December 17, 2015 at 6:49 pm

      “In 1980 there were many comments written similar to yours about Reagan.”

      Shit must blow out your ears like Spindle Top!

      Post some of those comments from Soviets endorsing Reagan during the primaries.

        Your reading comprehension is as pitiful as your 5th grade attempts at insults. The post to which you replied was about people saying Reagan wasn’t cunning or wasn’t smart. They were wrong about Reagan just like tgey are wrong about Trump.

        America and Putin and Mark Levin all see Trump for what he is a brilliant man.

        Now STFU.

          Ragspierre in reply to Gary Britt. | December 17, 2015 at 8:32 pm

          Try to make me, MoFo.

          You’re the idiot bung-sucker who called T-rump’s word-salad response to the nuclear triad question (complete with helpful prompts as to WTF the nuclear triad was) “brilliant”.

          Now you’re drawing risible Reagan comparisons.

          You’re a laugh riot, tongue-bath boi…!!!

          LOL. Tough guy Rags. Send me your name and address and I’ll come see you this weekend Bitch. We both know you are too chickenshit for that Bitch. You already have my name and address but again we both know you are too chickenshit to come see me in person. Biatch.

          Come on. I’m calling you out. Come see me or tell me your name and address and I’ll come see you. You are just a small little Juvenile terd with 5th grade insults from the safety of your parents basement.

          So give me your name and address and tell mommy and daddy company is coming. Sissy. We both know you are just all mouth you chickenshit ass.

          Ragspierre in reply to Gary Britt. | December 17, 2015 at 10:44 pm


          I hope your poor wife has some towels handy to wipe up all that frothing slobber!


          And that confirms it for all to see you are just a chickenshit with a keyboard. No guts no courage and certainly no brains. Now get back to licking that toe jam you infantile fool.

          By the way Rags. You like to use the juvenile phrase “butt boi” all the time and it has me confused. Do you use the phrase “butt boi” because you are a homophobe with a deep seated hatred for homosexuals and therefore think it is a big insult? Or do you use “butt boi” because you love to ride the baloney pony yourself and it is a phrase you and your friends like to toss around between the “girls” so to speak?

          So which is it for you Rags are you homophobic or just homo erotic?

    rotten in reply to Kondor77. | December 18, 2015 at 12:34 am

    Vladimir Putin is the one leader who has been right about every development on the Arab Spring.

    Vladimir Putin is the one Leader willing to take ISIS head on. Even the USA isn’t doing that.

    The Russians have a thousand years of experience dealing with Muslims. The USA, maybe a few decades.

    Plus Vladimir Putin seems to put the Russian people first, ahead of international globalist interests. All leaders should be like this. Trump is like this, but these days that is rare.

It is impossible to tell what is happening here.
Even espionage agencies with spies in the same room as Putin could not
tell what Putin is doing here. These are at least three different possibilities:

Putin is tired of the war in Syria, and much of the destabilization of the Middle East. He thinks Trump as president will help the situation.

Putin thinks Trump is the most likely to win the election. So he is buttering him up, while the buttering is good. Also while it’s not so obvious he is buttering him up.

Putin is scared of Trump and doesn’t want him to be president. So he endorses him to cost him votes.

Putin thinks Trump will be a pushover. So he endorses him, knowing that the American people will believe the scenario above. Since they think he is doing it to cost Trump votes, they will support Trump.

Putin is a cagy fellow, so don’t trust anything he says and msot of all don’t base your actions on anything he says.

Whatever Putin says will be for his benefit, not America’s.

Trump haters will use this as proof Trump will be bad … which is probably Putin’s intent. Hillary was already very friendly with Russia, and she got that huge foundation donation when she helped get the uranium mine delivered to Russians? There were other agencies that could have stopped it, but the Clintons have influence.

Next Putin will say how terrified he is of Hillary, and more suckers will fall for it. Bill Clinton got a half million for a speech to a Russian bank. Putin already has a relationship with them, but yeah sure … he loves Trump.

Long ago I remember one scenario where Russia and the US might end up allies against China and who know who. I see them more as the greatest geopolitical enemy, infiltrating our countries with commies. Those commies are always tied to Democrats and unions, but I’ll be on the lookout for Trump’s commie connections.

Putin didn’t endorse Trump, specifically stating so.
He recognized Trump as a srcussful Leader, per his record.

That’s it.

The media headlines spin a distraction.

Sammy Finkelman | December 17, 2015 at 9:57 pm

Trump has been very non-critical of Putin. He wanted the U.s. to just leave Syria to Putin, and claimed, like Putin, thatr Russia was fighting ISIS, which it wasn’t mainly. (The Iranian-Syrian strategy is to leave ISIS for last, as ISIS is his main justification)

Putin came as close as he could to endorsing Trump.

Anything more would hurt Trump. Opposing him would also maybe hurt Trump with some people, so Putin made some carefully prepared remarks.

Sammy Finkelman | December 17, 2015 at 10:28 pm

Trump lied about knowing Putin:

….as far as Syria, I like — if Putin wants to go in, and I got to know him very well because we were both on 60 Minutes, we were stablemates, and we did very well that night.

Why exactly would Trump get to know Putin very well just because both interviews were aired on the same show?

But more – since when does 60 Minutes do live interviews or put its guests on the same program in contact with each other??

On Tuesday, in the last debate, Trump was also pro-Russia in Syria:

TRUMP: I think Assad is a bad guy, a very bad guy, all right? Lots of people killed. I think we are backing people we have no idea who they are. The rebels, we call them the rebels, the patriotic rebels. We have no idea. A lot of people think, Hugh, that they are ISIS.

We have to do one thing at a time. We can’t be fighting ISIS and fighting Assad. Assad is fighting ISIS. He is fighting ISIS. Russia is fighting now ISIS. And Iran is fighting ISIS.

We have to do one thing at a time. We can’t go — and I watched Lindsey Graham, he said, I have been here for 10 years fighting. Well, he will be there with that thinking for another 50 years. He won’t be able to solve the problem.

We have to get rid of ISIS first. After we get rid of ISIS, we’ll start thinking about it. But we can’t be fighting Assad. And when you’re fighting Assad, you are fighting Russia, you’re fighting — you’re fighting a lot of different groups.

But we can’t be fighting everybody at one time.

Rand Paul was also against fighting ISIS, and claimed that had Assad been bombed when he used chemical weapons two years ago, ISIS would be in charge of all of Syria now.

Kasich was very anti-Russian. Fiorina was also against Putin. Ahe also claimed she knew him. (She has previously claimed to have met him not in green room for a show but in a private meeting. But it was a green room for conference speakers in Beijing in 2001.

Christie said he would shoot down Russian planes if they violated a no-fly zone,* but unlike Fiorina, he would talk to Putin a lot. Carson said Putin was a one-horse show.

* To that, Rand Paul said that if you were in favor of World War III, you have your candidate.

Bush was asked about his statement that Trump is not qualified to be president because he’s not qualified to deal with Vladimir Putin, and he said the reason was because he (Bush) knew what he didn’t know and he would seek out the best advice, create a strategy and persuade the American people what to do.

Cruz said the front line with ISIS isn’t just in Iraq and Syria, but in Kennedy Airport and the Rio Grande and that border security is national security.

They seemed to all be against Syrian refugees, with Rubio saing that if 1 in 10,000 was bad there was a problem (he
didn’t explain why there would be a special worry for Syrian refugees)

Trump wanted to disconnect the Internet from the areas ISIS controls (although that’s also how you find out what ISIS is doing) Trump actually said better than cutting them off from the internet was infiltrating their Internet and using it to spy on them. I think this all assumes all the propaganda originates from territory Baghdadi controls.

I’m waiting for the all-important Milošević endorsement before I go all in for the Donald.

Has NO ONE seen the actual statement? It was an offhand comment said in passing no different than Trumps’ own “he’s great, a lovely man…..” standard blurb. It’s meaningless.

I really wish people would bother to see the things they’re commenting on.

Here is what Mr. Tump says about it:

Trump: Putin’s Praise of Me ‘Terrific,’ Mutual Dislike With Obama Is Cause for Conflict, Omnibus ‘Very Disappointing’

The bad news for all the Trumpaphobes trying to make something bad out of this is it is a very good thing and will be recognized as a good thing by a large majority of republicans, all independents and even some democrats. You see they are smart enough not to want nuclear war whether by accident through m7scommunication or no communication or on purpose as many of the idiot neocon candidates want it like Jeb, Rubio, Christie, Fiorina, Kasich, and Graham with their insane no fly zone shhot d I wn russian jet proposals.

    Ragspierre in reply to Gary Britt. | December 18, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Trump said of Putin’s praise of him, “Well, I welcome it. I think it’s great. I think that’s what should be happening. I mean, his dislike for President Obama, and it’s a mutual thing, is terrible. That’s why you see all the conflict, all the problems, all the hatred. We should be able to work and [if] we can’t work with Russia, that’s not a good thing. And I’m greatly honored by his statement. I think it is terrific.”

    So, if Vlad likes T-rump, that will cancel out all the other factors, like…oh, geopolitics and the rebuilding of the Soviet Empire.

    This is stupid on a titanic scale. No wonder Gari loves it.

    And, OF COURSE, Duh Donald thinks Putin’s praise is “terrific”. What else would pathological narcissist think?

      Typical Rags. You quote part I f what Mr. Trump said, and then argue against things not said and not on point.

      Again you use a reference to -rump which ties in to your constant use of Butt-Boi and your faiure to respond to my question above. So tell us are you homophobic or homo erotic?

      Here is the question in full.

      By the way Rags. You like to use the juvenile phrase “butt boi” all the time and it has me confused. Do you use the phrase “butt boi” because you are a homophobe with a deep seated hatred for homosexuals and therefore think it is a big insult? Or do you use “butt boi” because you love to ride the baloney pony yourself and it is a phrase you and your friends like to toss around between the “girls” so to speak?

      So which is it for you Rags are you homophobic or just homo erotic?

        Ragspierre in reply to Gary Britt. | December 18, 2015 at 12:42 pm

        Geri, all this fantasizing about me and your fixation with “homo” this and that, along with your offer to meet me, is just creepy.

        I hope you and Mrs. Geri can get some counseling. You can be helped. She is owed this. Even in Austin.

        Even your man-crush on Duh Donald can…with a good strong intervention…be cured.

          Its simple Rags, do you use “Butt-Boi” as an insult (which means you are homophobic) or as an inside joke (which means you are homo erotic). Which is it? You are the one with the fascination for using references to rumps and butts constantly. I’m just asking you to explain. Is it an insult or an inside joke?

          It has got to be one of the other. Rags is either a raging homophobe or just a raging homosexual. Which is it??

          Ragspierre in reply to Ragspierre. | December 18, 2015 at 2:31 pm

          Geri, you can continue to suck T-rump and be his butt-boi. You don’t need to worry about what other people think. Let your freak flag fly, boi…!!!

          Your answer confirms you are a bigoted homophobic loser who likes to use homophobic slurs as a regular part of your speech.

          Ragspierre in reply to Ragspierre. | December 18, 2015 at 6:28 pm

          “Fortunately for me and all other inhabitants of earth your opinion isn’t worth the toe jam you like to lick from your homeless gay lover.”
          —Gari (the lying SOS) Britt

          Rags, that you are a bigot who regularly and routinely uses homophobic slurs in your posts is a matter of FACT. Not my opinion. Your repeated use of homophobic slurs here on LI are available for all to see. All they have to do is read the last 7 to 10 days of your posts. They are filled with the constant use of homophobic slurs.

Those here with their hearts all a flutter and yelling the loudest about their deep thoughts and imaginery double and triple crosses and how this is really something bad about Trump because their secret Putin magic decoder rings tell them so are also the same idiots supporting one of the moron neocon war hawks and their insane no fly zones.

One must ask one’s self, what is Putin’s objective? Is it to help Donald Trump become President? If you believe that, you’re smoking dope.

It’s more likely that Putin sees Trump’s candidacy as the greatest threat to the future of the Republican party, and the most likely way to destroy Republican majorities in the House and Senate.

That makes for an America far less likely to make a peep when Putin begins re-annexing former Soviet Bloc countries.

    Pete you have it backwards. Trump is the only chance for the Republican party to survive. Without Trump the GOP will cease to exist as a national party within 10 years.

    Ragspierre in reply to Sneaky Pete. | December 18, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Garry Kasparov


    Putin endorses Trump, naturally. Clears way for Assad, Khamenei, & Kim Jong-un to also announce their support for him! Dictator landslide!

      Kasparov, LOL. Chess people are more strange with weird personalities than Hollywood people. Ever heard of Bobby Fischer??

      He is also a political opponent of Putin desperate to say anything that might get him in the news. Nothing might do that like saying something about Mr. Trump.

Latest Fox Poll Out Today:

Trump 39%
Cruz 18%

Trump up 11% in same poll last month. Despite a concentrated all in all network all media concentrated attack on Trump after his common sense call for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration.

When you add first and second choice votes together Trump is 51% !!

When asked who is best to handle the economy, ISIS, and be commander in Chief. Trump leads the entire field at basically 50% in all these categories.

Trump is now Krauthammer’s highest bet to win nomination !! And Krauthammer is more anti-Trump than the idiot kid Rich Lowry.

    I can see why you didn’t provide a link. Then people might have read the next line:

    “However, the poll is not all good news for the Donald. Despite his increasing advantage in the primary, his support in the general election is down.”

    Despite Trump’s strong showing among primary voters, other Republicans perform better when all registered voters are asked their preference in hypothetical general election ballot tests.

    When matched against presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Rubio has a two-point edge (45 percent vs. 43 percent), and Cruz and Clinton tie (45 percent). Carson is down by two.

    Clinton now overtakes Trump: 49 percent vs. 38 percent. Her 11-point advantage is outside the poll’s three-point error margin. A month ago, Trump was up by 5 points (November 16-19).

    So if Trump wins the nomination, rather than Cruz or Rubio — we’ll be electing President Clinton.

    Yes, I can see why you didn’t want to provide the link.

    The problem is, you think everyone is as stupid as you are. And we’re just not. Bless your heart.

      Trust me Amy I don’t think you are as stupid as I am. I think you are far more stupid than that. But even a rude disagreeable arse like you had no trouble finding the poll.

      There are some interesting details in the poll. Like 45% of all voters both parties approve Trumps muslim ban. But if told it u s Trump’s plan then the support drops to 25%. That shows the temporary effect of the unprecedented attack on Trump by all media 24/7 for about 10 days just before the poll was taken. That effect is already dissipating. In this same poll for past 2 months Trump beats Hillary. All that happened in this poll is 8% switched from Trump to Hillary. They and more will switch back by the poll next month.

      And that is before Trump turns to driving down Hillary’s numbers which we all know nobody can suck the support away from a cabdidate like Mr. Trump.

      Trump I s going to be the republican nominee and if he is lucky Cruz will get a chance to study under him for 4 to 8 years.

I’d like to avoid all the sniping going on, and observe Trump may have something of a point.

At least it has occurred to me that we have more in common with Russia than China, and share mutual concerns. Those two countries are no longer strategic allies in the Third International, and China is beginning to steal Russia’s lunch in terms of IP theft.

It is typically asserted that Trump’s rise is the product of the Republican party’s rank unpopularity among its traditional electoral base. “Of course the voters are rebelling,” the argument goes. “For years now, the GOP has overpromised and under-delivered; it has failed to do anything substantive on immigration; it has been too keen to cozy up to its donors. And then along comes this guy, and provides an outlet. What did you think was going to happen?”

Evidently, there is something to this critique. But it is not the catch-all excuse that some believe it to be, and nor does it justify the extent to which many Americans are happy to indulge the man. It cannot explain, for example, why Trump’s obvious lack of interest in liberty and limited government is so steadfastly ignored by his apologists. It cannot explain why his open hostility to the Constitution is met with equanimity. And it most definitely cannot explain why, as I write, thousand of his fans are running around justifying Trump’s admission that he admires Vladimir Putin.

Just a few hours ago, Trump confessed exactly that. He was not caught in a “gotcha.” He was not misquoted. He was not led down the garden path by the “liberal” or “mainstream” or “pro-Obama” media. Rather, he said, as plain as day, that he has “always felt fine about Putin”; he called him “strong” and a “powerful leader”; and he suggested that he should be respected for his “popularity within his country.” Nothing could prise him from this reverence. When it was pointed out to him that Putin is a man who “kills journalists, political opponents, and invades countries,” Trump said flatly, “At least he’s a leader,” which I can only imagine sounds an awful lot better in the original German. Then, for good measure, he took aim at the American system: “Unlike,” he added, “what we have in this country.”

Read more at:

Yep. Cook has Duh Donald pinned.

    Blah blah blah …Hitler …. blah blah blah

    Nobody except unthinking hacks listen to or repeat these DC establishment media attacks anymore. They have no credibility. Every republican candidate since Reagan has been called hitler and a wild maniac that can’t be alliwed to be commander in chief. They did it to Reagan, not bush cause he was one of them, Buchannan, and they are doing it with Trump and will do it against Cruz too.

    Nobody believes these hacks who always cry wolf.

      Ragspierre in reply to Gary Britt. | December 19, 2015 at 11:25 am

      We all note the lack of any intelligent response to actual facts and argument.

      All Gari (the lying SOS) has is ad hominem. Which neatly tell the tale!

        LOL. This from the guy who posts nothing but childish name calling and homophobic slurs 80% of the time.

        You are such a moron you don’t even know what ad hominem attack means. Psst there is no ad hominem attack on anyone in my pist above. You just copy stuff from my posts when I object to your content free homophobic posts without even knowing what it means.

        Ragspierre in reply to Ragspierre. | December 20, 2015 at 11:17 am

        MORE stupid ad hominem. Amazing.