A new Pew Research poll finds Russian President Vladimir Putin receives dismal ratings, with only 6% of American adults expressing confidence in him following his decision to invade Ukraine – an all-time low in surveys going back nearly two decades. It seems that Donald Trump and Tucker Carlson praising the Russian leader might not be good politics.
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A new AP-NORC poll finds “close to half of Americans say they are very concerned that Russia would directly target the U.S. with nuclear weapons, and an additional 3 in 10 are somewhat concerned about that.” “Roughly 9 in 10 Americans are at least somewhat concerned that Putin might use a nuclear weapon against Ukraine, including about 6 in 10 who are very concerned.”
“Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was convicted of fraud and contempt of court and sentenced to nine years in a maximum security prison on Tuesday, in a trial Kremlin critics see as an attempt to keep President Vladimir Putin’s most ardent foe in prison for as long as possible,” the AP reports.
“The concept of strength is the axis on which Republican politics has long rotated. Every Republican political campaign is about portraying the GOPer as strong and the Democrat as weak. This is why so much hay was made of Michael Dukakis’s tank photo op. Republicans worked hard to undermine John Kerry’s military service, and pushed false narratives about the health and cognitive abilities of Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. … The type of strength and how it is used is irrelevant. When strength at all costs is emphasized at the expense of empathy, compassion, and morals, Putin can become the ideal leader for a morally bankrupt political party.”
“I listened to Putin constantly using the n-word. That’s the n-word.”
— Former President Donald Trump, on Fox Business, before clarifying he meant the “nuclear word.”
“He’s self-isolating his economy. Russia is now on the fast track to a 1980s-style Soviet living standard. It’s looking into an economic abyss, and that is the result of Putin’s choices and I can see from his reaction that’s where it’s headed.”
— Deputy national security advisor Daleep Singh, on 60 Minutes.
“If the people who are in charge in the EU believe that because of sanctions, I could approach Mr. Putin and tell him to stop the war, and it will work, then I’m afraid we’re all in big trouble. … The power distance between Mr Putin and anybody else is like the distance between the Earth and the cosmos. To say anything to Putin against the war, for anybody, would be kind of suicide.”
— Mikhail Fridman, the owner of Alpha Bank, and one of Russia’s wealthiest oligarch’s told Bloomberg that sanctions will not deter Vladimir Putin from continuing with his invasion of Ukraine, warning the West that it is failing to understand how power in Moscow works.
Lindsey Graham has a message for the Russians:
Kill Vlad Putin and take back your nation!
It’s real tough talk
From a notorious chickenhawk,
Who works hard to be the “ass” in “assassination.”