“…the Russian thug now attacking Ukraine helped Donald Trump become president because he thought that would some day make this kind of attack easier to pull off. He was right in the short term, longer term, TBD,” wrote CNN White House correspondent John Harwood.
Considering recent events, I think it’s safe to say that President Biden’s tough talk towards Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding threats he made to invade Ukraine was not the brilliant strategy the White House thought it was. This despite the fact that Biden assured us prior to the 2020 presidential election that Putin “doesn’t want me to be president… because I’m the only person in this field who’s ever gone toe-to-toe with him.”
As it turns out, it appears Putin very much wanted Biden to be president. Perhaps he deliberately planned for the military incursion to officially start nearly two years to the day Biden first made the statement:
Look at the date. Two years ago TODAY. https://t.co/JhUnwvvIT0
— Tom Bevan (@TomBevanRCP) February 21, 2022
As it became more and more clear in recent days that Biden throwing out warnings to Putin would do little to nothing to deter him from going forward with an attack that was months in the making, the Usual Suspects in the media and on the left began to trot out the “but Trump!” card in an effort to blame the former president for Joe Biden’s woes in trying and failing to manage the Russia beast.
Here are a few examples:
Four years of Trump EMBOLDENED Putin.
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) February 24, 2022
If you are blaming Biden today for what Putin is doing in Ukraine please take down the American flag from your home or social media account and replace it with the Russian flag. It will help us all know where you clearly stand.
— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) February 22, 2022
Republicans who supported and STILL support greatest Putin appeaser cannot simultaneously be on Ukraine's side. Are they on team America/democracy or on team Trump/Putin?
— Jennifer 'I stand with Ukraine' Rubin 🇺🇦🇺🇦 (@JRubinBlogger) February 24, 2022
One thing worth keeping in my mind today: There’s a straight line from Russia’s attack on the US election in 2016 to 1/6 to today’s new invasion of Ukraine. The chaos that Russia unleashed with the election of Trump weakened us to the point Putin feels confident invading Europe.
— Garrett M. Graff (@vermontgmg) February 24, 2022
another way of stating Garrett's point:
the Russian thug now attacking Ukraine helped Donald Trump become president because he thought that would some day make this kind of attack easier to pull off
he was right in the short term
longer term, TBD https://t.co/HuRWEzMayR
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) February 24, 2022
When one considers the inconvenient facts regarding the differing policies of the last three presidents towards Russia, Harwood’s response in particular understandably rubbed people all kinds of the wrong way:
Reminder: Donald Trump fought to stop Russia from building the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Joe Biden gave Putin the green light. Putin gained control over Europe’s energy market and less than a year later is invading Ukraine.
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) February 24, 2022
Let's be real: Putin took Crimea while Obama was in office, he invaded the country at large while Biden was in office, Biden gave Putin Nordstream, and the Democrats filibustered sanctions just last year. Pretending that Russia's empowerment is attributable to Trump is insane. https://t.co/uQJ9p4eJZB
— Humble Talent (@AHumbleTalent) February 24, 2022
"Putin elected Trump to weaken America but waited 5 years til Biden was elected, which of course strengthened America, and then Putin decided to invade Ukraine"
this is seriously the logic they're going with https://t.co/wL3KVzV9At
— Michael Duncan (@MichaelDuncan) February 24, 2022
Once one remembers how the Wikileaks documents proved that Harwood – who we’re supposed to believe is a “neutral” political correspondent for CNN – was little more than a mouthpiece for Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 presidential campaign, the reason for his position becomes quite obvious:
John Harwood still believes Russia was responsible for hacking John Podesta’s emails(password 12345) which showed John is a democrat hack propagandist and that the DNC/Clinton worked to destroy Bernie Sanders costing her the election. This explains his entire worldview now. https://t.co/zTEkcyPLc2
— a newsman (@a_newsman) February 24, 2022
The good news here is that at least the “adults are back in charge,” right?
Great Job Biden! pic.twitter.com/WaR62kB5pr
— FactPush (@FactPush) February 24, 2022
It is from that June 2021 piece that CNN editor-at-large Chris Cillizza shared this thought-provoking “analysis:”
Even in Biden’s tone, he appeared to be making a concerted effort to be dispassionate — rarely showing off the animation that he regularly displays when jousting with the American press corps stateside. He was also far briefer in his remarks (and the questions he took after them) than Putin who held court for the better part of an hour in the immediate wake of the world leaders’ meeting.
While Biden never mentioned his presidential predecessor, the 2018 summit in Helsinki, Finland, between Trump and Putin hung over the proceedings like a stale fart — with both sides utterly aware of it but neither willing to acknowledge it directly.
Also, there are no more mean tweets to contend with, either. Silver linings and all that, I guess?
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