There’s absolutely no doubt that Russia, per the order of President Vladimir Putin, launched a sophisticated and multifaceted cyber attack against the 2016 United States election. Whether they were colluding with Trump’s campaign, simply trying to sow discord within the country, or wanted to do anything to keep Hillary Clinton from becoming president, there’s absolutely no doubt that Russia attacked the United States of America.
It’s also a fact that Putin is essentially a dictator who’s had political rivals and journalists killed for speaking out against him.
Yet none of this deterred Donald Trump from rushing to make a congratulatory phone call to the Russian president following a sham election where voters were given the illusion of democracy as Putin further solidified his standing as an authoritarian tyrant who has no plans on relinquishing power anytime soon.
Understandably, many people saw this as further evidence that this “president” is compromised and being blackmailed by the Russian president. Especially following reports that Trump ignored clear instructions from his advisors to not make any such phone call.
Well, in a rather stunning move considering the cowardice we’ve all seen when it comes to Republicans calling out this “president,” Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) tore into Trump for “weakening” the country by calling to congratulate a tyrant who “won” because he effectively rigged the election.
Speaking on the Senate floor, Sasse said the following:
This decision to fail to condemn Putin’s sham reelection, it’s very foolhardy. Vladimir Putin is not a friend. Vladimir Putin is a despot. The president of the United States was wrong to congratulate him. And the White House press secretary was wrong to duck a simple question about whether or not Putin’s reelection was free and fair. It was not. The American people know that. The Russian people know that. And the world knows that.
And yesterday, when the White House refused to speak directly and clearly about this matter, we were weakened as a nation and a tyrant was strengthened.
While Trump’s call was bad, the fact that White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to publicly state that they don’t believe Russia’s election was “free and fair” — when it damn well wasn’t — is another example, in a growing list of them, where this administration refuses to strongly condemn the corrupt Russian government and the quasi dictator ruling over it.
Any rational and sane person can look at the behavior of Trump and clearly see that there’s something strange going on between this “president” and Vladimir Putin. It makes absolutely no sense why Trump will seemingly attack anyone and everyone, often for days at a time, yet there’s one country and one person he goes out of his way to never say anything negative about.
Unfortunately, far too few Republicans have the courage to say what Sen. Sasse said Wednesday. Most are cowards who have decided that party loyalty matters more than the oaths they took to work for and defend this country, even if that means standing up and opposing a “president” who seems to be acting in the best interests of Russia rather than the United States of America.
Watch Sen. Sasse’s comments below:
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