It was a familiar scene: Bill O’Reilly pressing his guest to make a saber-rattling statement against Russia. Good for ratings, good for Raytheon!
But Bill’s guest was President Trump, and Donald didn’t want to play along.
, Trump shut down O’Reilly’s unique brand of self-righteousness with one simple question: “You think our country is so innocent?”
After Trump reaffirmed his respect for Putin as a leader, Bill pressed him further: “But Putin is a killer.”
A few thoughts:
- We can already imagine your comments: “But Trump just called Putin a killer!” Not really. Instead he simply parried the question: What makes Putin so exceptional in the eyes of self-righteous dingbats such as O’Reilly? Trump understands that Putin is not an anomaly among world leaders. In other words: If you label Putin a “killer”, what would you call Obama? One of these leaders had an actual kill list. And it wasn’t Putin.
- Trump’s statement is meaningful because it challenges America to dismount from its high horse, instead of lecturing from the perch of its blood-soaked saddle.
- What Trump is saying to Bill (and to the rest of America) is that we are entering a new era of true pragmatism. Gone are the days of self-righteous moralizing and chest-thumping idealism. Russia plays a critical role in ensuring global security and stability. Let’s acknowledge this and work with the Russians, instead of calling them names. We’re not in kindergarten.
- Trump just illustrated the difference between Making America Great Again and decades of delusional American Exceptionalism.
It’s undoubtedly a good sign when the President of the United States refuses to bash a foreign leader, and instead asks his country to look inward. More of this, please.
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