Asked about Republicans Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s comments praising President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation, Democratic V.P. nominee Senator Tim Kaine said he was shocked by the disrespect for President Obama.
Calling Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s comments “shocking”, Kaine said of Pence repeating that Putin was a better leader than President Obama, “Anybody who would question that leadership, to me is just an irrational hostility to President Obama that they are revealing that has been part of their thinking since the very first day of his office.”
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“And the second aspect is the shocking level of disrespect for the President. You can disagree with the President, but we’ve got a great system, we ought to be proud of our system,” Kaine said. “You ought to respect the office.”
The Democratic Senator blasted Trump and Pence for stooping so low, “Anybody who would suggest that Vladimir Putin is a better leader than the guy who got bin Laden, who turned the economy around from a free fall to a growing economy again, who has made historic advances in LGBT equality and other important areas, anybody who would question that leadership, to me is just an irrational hostility to President Obama that they are revealing that has been part of their thinking since the very first day of his office.”
“A ticket who is praising a dictator,” Kaine pointed out.
“He (Pence) has no doubt that Vladimir Putin is a better leader for his nation than Barack Obama is for the United States?” Kaine asked.
“What about running our economy into the ground is leadership? What about invading other countries is leadership? What about persecuting LGBT Russians or persecuting journalists is leadership?” Kaine continued.
The Democratic VP nominee laid out a deep problem when dealing with the Republican ticket, “If you don’t know the difference between leadership and dictatorship, where do I start with you?”
Kaine made an important observation in noting that the irrational hostility toward President Obama is behind Trump and Pence’s willingness to cast aside good sense. His remarks allude to the heavily supported theory that without the wild resentment conservatives feel toward Barack Obama, there would be no Donald Trump. This is, after all, the fuel that drives Trump’s base – this feeling that “others” are getting something they aren’t entitled to.
The Trump base is irrational. And as Trump himself once said, he could shoot someone and his base would still follow him. Why? Because he’s their only hope that being mediocre but white is still proof of their entitlement; aka, their sad American dream.
Republicans should be ashamed that their level of hate for the first black President has led them to this pathetic bromance with Putin.
Republicans have been in search of a scandal that would justify their irrational hatred of Obama for seven plus years, to no avail. There is no real justification for it, leaving the only other option – and that is, racism.
Hence, Donald Trump and Mike Pence slobbering over the Russian dictator President Putin.