If Donald Trump didn’t have a stroke in November, he’ll have one now, when he finds out his BFF Vladimir Putin has dissed him. Holey moley. Here’s what Putin said on Russian state TV. Daily Mail:

“We are exiting the coronavirus situation steadily with minimal losses, God willing, in the States, it isn’t happening that way,” Putin said.

Considering how abysmal their health care system is, compared with other countries, including the United States, that is a mouthful. Putin went on and it wasn’t complimentary.

Attacking the US response, Putin told state television that the coronavirus pandemic had exposed ‘deep-seated internal crises’ in the US.

He criticised a lack of US leadership, saying that ‘the president says we need to do such-and-such but the governors somewhere tell him where to go.’

‘I think the problem is that group interests, party interests are put higher than the interests of the whole of society and the interests of the people,’ he said.

Ouch. That last one wasn’t just a slam at Trump, that was a slam at the entire GOP. I wonder where Ron Johnson, John Bolton, Dana Rohrabacher and the rest of them will go for vacations, now? Then Putin went on to tell Trump how the big boys, the real autocrats, not the pretend ones, do it.

In Russia, he argued, the government and regional leaders work ‘as one team’ and do not differ from the official line.

‘I doubt anyone in the government or the regions would say ‘we’re not going to do what the government says, what the president says, we think it’s wrong,’ Putin said of the virus strategy.

As if this isn’t enough to make Trump’s blood boil, Putin came out and made comments on the racially sparked protests in the U.S., the first ones he has made on the issue.

‘If this fight for natural rights, legal rights, turns into mayhem and rioting, I see nothing good for the country,’ the Russian leader said in his televised broadcast.

He stressed he supported black Americans’ struggle for equality, calling this ‘a longstanding problem of the United States’.

‘We always in the USSR and in modern Russia had a lot of sympathy for the struggle of African-Americans for their natural rights,’ he insisted.

But Putin added that ‘when – even after crimes are committed – this takes on elements of radical nationalism and extremism, nothing good will come of this.’

Putin also described the protests as a sign of ‘deep-seated internal crises’ in the United States, linking the unrest to the coronavirus pandemic, which he said ‘has shone a spotlight on general problems’.

He said he nevertheless expected that the ‘fundamental basis of American democracy will allow the country to escape this series of crisis events’.

This is Putin-speak for “The United States is in the toilet,” that much is obvious. Now why would Putin say these things?

  1. He wants to make Trump look even worse to the rest of the world than he does already;
  2. He’s helping Trump cheat on this election, too, but doesn’t want to appear to be doing so;
  3. He’s giving Trump some plausibility when he says, “Nobody has been tougher on Russia than I have,”
  4. Mitch McConnell told Trump not to do Putin’s bidding re: sanctions and so Putin is taking revenge;
  5. Putin sees an opportunity to trash the United States and is taking it. He has no reason to pander to Trump because he knows Trump is going to lose the election, so screw him. The useful idiot has outlived his usefulness and Vladimir Putin is nothing if not a pragmatist. After all, he told Trump to make a fascist play and “dominate the battlefield” and Trump couldn’t pull it off.

I favor option number five, but certainly we can talk about it below. In all events, I think we know Trump’s reaction;

  1. He’ll get on Twitter and savage Putin, which should be hilarious;
  2. He’ll call Putin at the Kremlin, again, but Putin won’t take his call;
  3. He’ll lock himself in his room and eat Big Macs until he explodes.

Trump world is coming unglued. The big tent is coming down, folks. Dumbo is so embarrassed at this point that he’s going to petition the GOP to get another mascot. An ostrich would be perfect.

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  1. I hesitate to say this, don’t get mad at me, but Putin’s last two remarks show the most intelligent analysis of our situation that I have heard. And if you look closely, Putin is actually expressing confidence that America will pull out of these crises Trump has created, because he, He Putin!, has confidence in the basis of our American Democracy! He also points out, that we would be better off if we all lined up together and worked as a team instead of disagreeing with expert advice for little reason. In his country it’s mandatory. Here it’s just the right thing to choose in light of our two major existential challenges. Let us put away our individual selfishness (The “do it my way” philosophy) and reach out a hand to help and support our country. “United we stand, divided we fall.”


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