Former President* Pennywise finally seems to have noticed that his pal, Vlad the Terrible, is terribly unpopular with the American people. At this moment only the Mothertucker, Tulsi Gabbard, Madison Cawthorn, and a few evangelical ministers are willing to say anything positive about Putin. That happened so fast that my head is spinning.
After seeing Putin’s approval rating plummet to 4%, a walk back from the lord and master of Mar-a-Dorn has begun:
Former President Donald Trump said in an interview that he is “surprised” Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine and further cracked down on freedom inside Russia, explaining that he believed the strongman’s threats were a negotiating tactic.
“I’m surprised — I’m surprised. I thought he was negotiating when he sent his troops to the border. I thought he was negotiating,” Trump told the Washington Examiner on Tuesday evening during a wide-ranging telephone interview from Mar-a-Lago, his private social club and political headquarters in Palm Beach, Florida. “I thought it was a tough way to negotiate but a smart way to negotiate.”
“I figured he was going to make a good deal like everybody else does with the United States and the other people they tend to deal with — you know, like every trade deal. We’ve never made a good trade deal until I came along,” Trump added. “And then he went in — and I think he’s changed. I think he’s changed. It’s a very sad thing for the world. He’s very much changed.”
“I’ve been very, very tough on Putin. I get a bad rap on that,” Trump said, reiterating his claim that Russia never would have invaded Ukraine had he been president for fear of how he would respond. “At the same time, I got along with him very well. But I got along with most [world leaders] very well.”
Say what? Anyone else remember the shove seen round the world:
Nixon aide and convicted Watergate felon John Ehrlichman had a phrase for this Trump-style walk back:
The hardcore MAGA base still buys everything said by the Kaiser of Chaos but his support is slowly eroding among people with half a brain. Six years of persistent Putin praise cannot be erased over night.
Oh, I can’t believe it and people are strange.
Our president’s crazy, did you hear what he said?
Business and pleasure, lie right to your face.
Divide it in sections and then give it away.
Making flippy floppy, trying to do my best
Lock the door, we kill the beast.
The current beast is Trumpism, a malady that may persist even if its leader goes down in flames.
The Impeached Insult Comedian dedicated his presidency to making the world safe for dictators. It’s finally starting to bite him in the ass. Vladimir Putin is not a genius, he’s a typical Russian tyrant.
The last thing the Republican Party needs winding into the midterms in the fall is to be the Party of Bombing Maternity Hospitals, and who knows how heavy a millstone Putin might be around a candidate’s ankles six months from now—or a further two years from now, for that matter.
Politicians make flippy floppy all the time. It’s something new for the titular head of the Republican party. Trumpy making flippy floppy is a wonder to behold.
The last word goes to Talking Heads: