Happy New Year!
The circle is complete. Trump and his Republican defenders spout lies masquerading as talking points. Putin repeats those Trump/GOP lies. And then Trump retweets Putin’s remarks.
On Dec. 19, the AP reported Vladimir Putin’s reaction to Trump’s impeachment:
“The Democratic party, which lost the elections, is now trying to revise this history through the means that they have at their disposal — first by accusing Trump of collusion with Russia. But then it turned out there was no collusion. It could not form the basis for impeachment, and now there is this made-up pressure on Ukraine.” He adds, “It’s unlikely they will want to remove their party member from office based on what are, in my opinion, completely fabricated reasons.”
The next day, Trump retweeted the AP’s summary of Putin’s remarks:
Trump and Putin are allies. Their common enemy is the US Constitution’s separation of powers and every American who opposes Trump.
Just let that sink in.
Putin’s Vote Doesn’t Count
The reaction of US voters to Trump’s impeachment is a stark contrast to Putin’s. According to a Politico/Morning Consult poll taken on Dec. 14-15 — after the House Judiciary Committee voted to approve two articles of impeachment, but before the full House vote on Dec. 18 — 50% of all registered voters wanted Trump impeached and removed from office.
Another Politico/Morning Consult poll taken on Dec. 19-20 following the House vote showed 52% of registered voters favoring Trump’s conviction in the Senate.
A daily tracking poll from MSN reported that as of Christmas Day, 55% of likely voters wanted Trump convicted in the Senate.
The day Nixon resigned, 57% of voters wanted him gone. His popular approval rating was still 24%.
Let those numbers sink in too.
SUMMER 2016: Manafort Pushes Ukraine Conspiracy Theory
FEB. 2, 2017: Putin Blames Ukraine for Election Interference
REVISED: JULY 7, 2017: Trump Meets Putin, Confiscates Interpreter’s Notes Afterwards; Blames Ukraine for Election Interference
JULY 25, 2019: OMB Reiterates Hold on Ukrainian Aid
NOVEMBER 2019: Giuliani Says He Wanted Yovanovitch ‘Out of the Way’
DEC. 11, 2019: Taylor Relieved of Duties
REVISED: DEC. 11-17, 2019: Prosecutors Seek to Revoke Parnas’ Bail; Court Denies Request
DEC. 16, 2019: Judge Sets Flynn Sentencing Date
DEC. 17, 2019: Gates Sentenced
DEC. 18, 2019: Judge Dismisses State Court Charges Against Manafort
DEC. 18, 2019: House Impeaches Trump
DEC. 19-20, 2019: Putin Blasts Impeachment; Trump Retweets AP Story