In addition to Trump’s refusal to side with Americans, Trump tweeted that the United States was to blame for strained relations with Russia. The president sided with a foreign enemy over the United States multiple times. For some Republicans, it’s finally too much.
Reactions from the right are beginning to pour in.
I never thought I would see the day when our American President would stand on the stage with the Russian President and place blame on the United States for Russian aggression. This is shameful.
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) July 16, 2018
Chairman Gowdy criticizes President Trump/Putin presser & says confident advisors “will be able to communicate to the President it is possible to conclude Russia interfered with our election in 2016 without delegitimizing his electoral success” pic.twitter.com/vkfXYtNL7J
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) July 16, 2018
Today’s press conference in #Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory.
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) July 16, 2018
No, @POTUS. Mueller investigation on election manipulation by #Russia is not “a disaster for our country.” It is law enforcement doing work our country needs it to do. What has “kept us apart” is failure to condemn Russia, lack of any sign that you’ll stop it from happening again https://t.co/M6R3vC8fuK
— Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (@RosLehtinen) July 16, 2018
I strongly disagree w/ statement that Russia did not meddle in 2016 election. With all I have seen on House Intel Comm & additional indictments of 12 Russian officers last week, it is clear Russia's intentions. President Trump missed opportunity to hold Putin publicly accountable
— Frank LoBiondo (@RepLoBiondo) July 16, 2018
However, despite what many are calling the most disgraceful performance from a United States president in their lifetimes, It’s hard to say whether this will be the straw that breaks the back of passivity or if this is yet another turn through the labyrinth of a new, insidious normal.