Even if you’re someone who doesn’t believe that Donald Trump — or anyone in his campaign — colluded with Russia during the 2016 election, I don’t believe any sane person would deny the fact that this “president” obviously admires Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The reality that Trump, a man who’s proven he won’t hesitate to publicly criticize or attack anyone if he feels it’s in his own best interests to do so, continues to refuse to say anything negative about Russia or Putin is a driving force behind why so many people believe he’s being blackmailed by the Russian leader.
It simply doesn’t make sense.
To make matters worse, the Republican Party, which currently holds majorities in both the House and the Senate, has refused to hold him accountable for anything. Even though I am certain that most members of the GOP think the same thing about Trump’s strange affinity for Putin as the rest of us — they’re simply just too cowardly to say much of anything about it publicly.
That’s a point which former RNC chairman Michael Steele called out on Wednesday when he expressed his disgust at Republicans who privately act shocked over things Trump says and does, yet refuse to say anything publicly about it.
“I’ll be quite honest with you,” Steele said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “I’m sick and tired of the quiet conversation. You have all these folks running around this town sort of whispering in your ear, ‘Oh my god, this is so awful, I don’t know what we’re going to do,’ but then stand in front of a microphone or bank of microphones like we saw in the clip and say nothing.”
He also went on to point out how concerns over Trump’s ties to Russia have been around for nearly two years now, dating back to when his campaign basically “rewrote the platform of the Republican National Committee” on Russia during the party’s presidential convention to be more favorable toward Russian interests.
As many people have pointed out for quite a while now, myself included, Trump’s more than proven that he’s willing to publicly attack everyone from former presidents, to Gold Star families, the FBI, and even his own Department of Justice — but never Russia or Vladimir Putin.
If someone or an agency comes forward with a statement or evidence implicating Russia and Putin as being behind the cyber attack on the 2016 election, Trump doesn’t attack the Russian government or its president — he goes after the sources calling out an enemy who attacked us!
For me there are only two logical explanations to his bizarre behavior:
- He’s so insecure that he’s refusing to fully acknowledge Russia attacked the United States, which is probably the only reason why he won in 2016, because it would taint the “big victory” he still talks about over 18 months later. — or —
- He’s compromised and being blackmailed by Putin.
Nothing else really makes sense.
When you get right down to it, Trump’s shown a willingness to publicly attack and criticize practically everyone — both friend and foe alike — but the one person he won’t say a damn thing negative about is Vladimir Putin.
We need to find out why that is. That could be the most important question we face as a country today.
Watch Steele’s comments below:
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