Despite Hannity’s best efforts, Trump’s mouth is unable to form the words ‘Vladimir Putin is bad’

As you’ve probably heard before, donald trump has spent the last few weeks slavishly praising Vladimir Poutine, despite the Russian President’s decision to wage an unprovoked and unjustified war in Ukraine. Aside from Trump’s namesake, who claims ass-kissing is a tactical game of psychological warfare, most of the former president’s allies seem to understand how bad it sounds, not just morally but politically, as 86 % Americans. to see Putin “very unfavorably”, according to a recent poll. Thus, in an interview Thursday evening, the host of Fox News Sean Hannity went with a new tactic: trying everything in his power to put the words “Putin is evil and I understand that” in Trump’s mouth.

“You see what’s going on with Vladimir Putin,” Hannity began, laying things out slowly for Trump, like one would for a child. “He invaded a sovereign country. You see that a maternity ward was hit yesterday. You see that entire neighborhoods have been razed. We showed some pictures. There was a mass grave of about 70 people. We have seen dead men, women and children on the streets of Ukraine. Your reaction to what you see? »

Trump responded by calling the situation “sad”. But above all, he did not blame the leader of his favorite dictator. Of the Russian president, all Trump had to say was “I know him well, and it wasn’t something that was going to happen at all. [on my watch].”

Hannity tried again. “I’m going to come back to the question of why Putin wouldn’t if you were president,” he said. “You came under fire when you said Vladimir Putin was very smart. I think I know you a little better than most people in the media, and I think you also recognize that he’s evil, don’t you? Literally all Trump had to do here was say ‘Yes’ or ‘Yes I do’ or ‘Yes he is’. But Trump, of course, did not. Instead, he answered the question indirectly, and when the P-word came up, it was to say that all this killing of invasions and civilians was somehow irrelevant to him. “That doesn’t seem like the same Putin I was dealing with,” Trump said. “But I’ll tell you, he wouldn’t have changed if I had dealt with him, he wouldn’t have changed.”

At this point, Hannity tried a hilarious new approach, based on the idea that Trump’s affection for dictators is part of a larger strategy and that Trump is literate. “I’ve known you for over 25 years,” the Fox host said. “You were criticized for saying Vladimir Putin was smart. We had many conversations, and you often quoted me Sun Tzu, The art of War, Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Is that how you saw Vladimir? Have you seen Vladimir Putin and people like President Xi [Jinping] and Kim Jong Un and the Iranian mullahs as enemies you had to keep close? Hannity was practically serving up the soundbite he wanted on a silver platter. Surely Trump would bite a reference to The art of War. But again, Trump didn’t! Instead, he suggested he just had great chemistry with some of the worst people in the world. “I got on well with those people,” he said. “I got on well with them. That doesn’t mean they’re good people. It doesn’t mean anything other than that I understood them and maybe they understood me.

Twitter content

This content can also be viewed on the website comes from from.

Other hosts might have thrown in the towel at this point. But Hannity refused to give up, asking if Trump thought Putin was “capable of bad things,” a surprisingly low bar considering the children he has already murdered. Trump wouldn’t, saying only that “Putin is for Russia. And you see what happened. And that’s all because they didn’t respect our leader.

At one point in the drawn-out and painful interview, Trump said what was happening in Ukraine “is a crime against humanity,” but crucially omitted the “be committed by Vladimir Putin” part. Which shouldn’t surprise anyone, though Hannity probably replayed the whole thing over and over in his head, trying to figure out where he went wrong. So here’s a tip, Sean: Next time, try a ventriloquist dummy.

If you would like to receive the Levin Report daily in your inbox, click here register.

Comments are closed.