Yesterday in an interview with Bill O’Reilly, President Trump again defended his man-crush, Vladimir Putin. When O’Reilly challenged Trump by saying that Putin was a killer, Trump fired back “There are a lot of killers. We have a lot of killers. You think our country is so innocent?”
Um, actually, yes, Mr. Trump, it is. Granted, we do have killers here in America, but none of them (except for Andrew Jackson, but that was a long time ago) have held the highest office in the land. Our political process doesn’t include the murder of opponents and journalists who support those opponents. Our policies don’t include the armed takeover of regions belonging to neighboring countries.
Trump’s admiration for authoritarian figures is worrisome to say the least, as is his constant testing of the Constitution to see what he can get away with. The good news is that, here in the USA, there are (for now, at least) checks on his power.