In the wake of Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent invasion of Ukraine, Republican elected officials and media personalities have insisted that the escalation in aggression never would've occurred under former President Donald Trump.
Trump's fondness for Putin generated headlines throughout his time in the White House. The former President sided with Putin over the findings of U.S. intelligence officials, believing Putin's lie that Russia didn't seek to interfere in the 2016 election to benefit Trump. Trump also delayed congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine back in 2019—a move that resulted in his first impeachment.
Even when Putin's invasion was imminent, Trump praised the authoritarian's strategy as "smart" and even "genius."
But don't mention any of this to far-right Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, who recently railed against co-host Geraldo Rivera for suggesting that Putin "played" Trump during the latter's presidency.
Pirro argued that Biden was responsible for the decline of the west and that Putin didn't invade Ukraine while Trump was President because he feared Trump's retaliation, prompting Rivera to respond, "How do you know Putin wasn't playing Trump?"
That didn't sit well with Pirro, who shouted as Rivera tried to interject:
"Oh, stop, he wasn't playing Trump! ... It's about the fact that Trump had everybody against the wall! And don't think there was anything different! I don't give a damn what Putin thinks, I only care what Putin did, and he was a wuss when Trump was President, and that's the end of it."
The spat generated a wealth of reactions from social media users.
Some hoped that Cecily Strong, who sometimes plays Pirro on Saturday Night Live, would reenact the outburst this weekend.