Hillary Clinton said Republicans should rebut President Trump’s comments about Vladimir Putin’s “genius” as she said some in the Republican Party sympathize with Putin because of his “anti-gay” and “anti-democratic” stance.
“I want to make sure that inside our country we appeal to those people who help and comfort Vladimir Putin, about what a genius he is, what a smart move this is, which, unfortunately, is broadcast by the Russian media, and not just inside Russia, but also in Europe to showcase the division within our country,” the 2016 Democratic nominee said Friday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
“Perhaps this terrible aggression from Putin will strengthen the backbone of many Republicans in power who understand that you cannot continue to give Trump and his aides carte blanche because they will lead us to a very bad place,” she continued.
Clinton then suggested that “too many Republicans” are “naive in such a dangerous sense”.
“They somehow think that because Putin presents himself as a strong leader on behalf of certain values, which, you know, are against gay people, which are against, you know, freedom and democracy, which are so messed up that somehow you know, this quote is in line with the views of some members and elements of the Republican Party.”
“They couldn’t be more wrong,” she continued. “I mean he poisons people in prisons.
Hillary Clinton Suggests ‘Too Many Republicans’ Are ‘Dangerously Naive’
Clinton suggested that Trump’s Republicans view Putin favorably because he is “anti-gay” and “anti-democracy.”
Rep. Dan Crenshaw, D-Texas, criticized Clinton for her attacks on Trump.
“It’s a terrible statement to put the blame on the previous administration,” Crenshaw said.
“Let’s talk about Trump, about how he dealt with the aggression of NATO and Russia. He told allies to increase defense spending and told allies: Germany, stop relying on Russian oil and gas, it deprives you of leverage, do not ask us to protect you when you rely on them for energy resources, ”the Republican rattled from Texas.
“Germany has canceled the import terminal and France has canceled contracts with Texas liquefied companies, there is a long history of failure here, this is not the Trump administration, and shame on her, she knows it, shame on her for being so partisan, we should unite with allies against Russia right now.
Crenshaw then claimed that Biden “destroyed our oil and gas sector.”
Clinton also urged the Biden administration to step up the Ukraine defense game. She said she supported sending more US troops abroad to bolster Ukraine’s defenses and spoke of the importance of protecting NATO allies. Ukraine is not a member of NATO, but insists on being included in the alliance.
The aftermath of a night shelling of a residential area in Kiev, Ukraine, February 25.
A woman with a backpack walks in front of a damaged apartment building on Koshytsa Street in the suburbs of the Ukrainian capital Kiev, where a military shell was allegedly hit on February 25.
A woman walks around the wreckage of an unidentified plane that crashed into a house in a residential area after Russia launched a massive military operation against Ukraine, in Kiev, Ukraine February 25.
“I strongly believe in support with military weapons if necessary, and this is both the Ukrainian army and any resistance, but I also support the introduction of additional troops,” she said.
“I hope the administration, our European allies and others will move even faster to impose sanctions not only on the Russian economy, but on individual participants in this economy up to Putin,” Clinton said.
“I think the only pressure that Putin will respond to or that could have any effect on his thinking is who he relies on to launder his money to get the funds into his secret accounts.”
“We must persecute those oligarchs who financially support Putin. They have to pay the price, whether their yachts or their homes are confiscated,” she said.
Trump on Tuesday called Putin’s invasion plan “brilliant” but said it would never have happened under his administration.
Speaking to conservative podcaster Buck Sexton, the former president said, “Yesterday I walked in and I saw the TV screen and I said, ‘This is brilliant,’” Trump recalled. “Putin declares most of Ukraine – Ukraine – Putin declares it independent. Oh, that’s great.
“I said, ‘How reasonable is that?’ — continued the former president of the United States. “And he will go there and be a peacemaker. This is the most powerful peacekeeping force… We could use it on our southern border. This is the strongest peacekeeping force I have ever seen. There were more army tanks than I have ever seen. They will keep the world in order.
No, but think about it. Here is a guy who is very smart,” Trump continued. “I know him very well. Very, very, very good. If I had been in power, it’s unimaginable, this would never have happened.”
Trump added, “But here’s the guy who says, ‘I’m going to declare most of Ukraine independent,’ he used the word ‘independent’ and ‘we’re going to get out and in.’ and we’re going to help keep the peace. You have to say it’s pretty smart. And you know what Biden said? There was no answer. They didn’t have to. No, it’s very sad. Very sad.’
Trump also called President Biden “a man who has no idea what he’s doing.”
Trump said earlier Tuesday that Vladimir Putin would never have invaded Ukraine if he was still president and said Russia had become “very, very rich” under President Biden.
“With the right approach, there was absolutely no reason why the situation that is currently happening in Ukraine could even happen,” Trump said on Tuesday. “I know Vladimir Putin very well, and he would never have done during the Trump administration what he is doing now, by no means!”
Trump on Thursday again called Putin’s plan “smart” as it mocked Biden’s sanctions.
“He took over the country for $2 sanctions, which I would say is pretty smart. He takes over a country – a huge, huge place, a big piece of land with a lot of people – just walks right into it. This would never have happened and I know him very well.
Democrats seized on the former president’s remarks.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki responded to Trump at a briefing on Tuesday.
“In terms of politics, we try not to listen to the advice of those who praise President Putin and his military strategy, which I believe happened there,” Psaki said.