President Donald Trump has raised a few eyebrows with remarks he made during a rally in Great Falls, Montana, Thursday. Trump revived his racist comments —despite being asked repeatedly by Native American leaders to not invoke the name of Pocahontas any longer during attacks on Senator Elizabeth Warren, took a jab at the #MeToo movement and mocked decorated veterans Senator John McCain, who served in the Vietnam War that Trump avoided, and President George H. W. Bush, who was shot down in the Pacific while serving in WWII.
And the president also renewed his public admiration for a man cited by numerous human rights organizations and United States allies for his actions. Trump made some strange comments regarding Russian president Vladimir Putin.
In campaign rally, Trump mocks cancer-stricken John McCain, the infirm George H.W. Bush, the #MeToo movement and Elizabeth Warren, but praises Vladimir Putin. https://t.co/ArWH1Qmgjv pic.twitter.com/t8EDEDAfwW
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) July 6, 2018
Russia is not an American ally, but Trump speaks of Putin in this video clip from the rally likes he’s defending a good friend who just made a few mistakes.
Trump: “You know President Putin is KGB… Putin is fine. He’s fine. We are all fine, we’re all people” pic.twitter.com/EHJktcEZu4
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) July 5, 2018
“You know,” Trump said appearing to mimic someone else, “President Putin is KGB and this and that…” then, turning to a placating tone, the president added,
You know what? Putin’s fine. He’s fine. We’re all fine. You know, we’re people.”
While no one has challenged Trump’s assessment that everyone involved —Putin’s critics, Putin and Trump— are in fact “all people,” they do assert that at least one of those people has done some very not fine things.
They shared their concerns on the president’s favorite communication system: Twitter. Maybe Trump will see them before he heads to Helsinki to meet Putin in a closed door private meeting.
Mr. President, Putin is not fine. He annexed Crimea, intervened in eastern Ukraine, propped up the most ruthless dictator of our time in Syria, violated our sovereignty in the 2016 presidential reelection, constructed autocracy in Russia, etc. Meet him; dont make excuses for him
— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) July 6, 2018
Trump just called Putin ‘Fine.’ — FINE!! — Putin kills people who disagree with him & interfered in our election, a fact even the Republican led Senate Intelligence Committee admitted to this week. But ya, sure, Putin is “fine” just like the “very fine” people of the AltRight. https://t.co/jjjUoh40RO
— James Kosur (@JamesKosur) July 6, 2018
Putin murders journalists.
“Putin is fine. He’s fine.”
Putin targeted & killed Syrian civilians.
“Putin is fine. He’s fine.”
Putin has violated our elections.
“Putin is fine. He’s fine.” https://t.co/rXyg1jJ31n
— Steven Beschloss (@StevenBeschloss) July 6, 2018
There are two people in a London hospital right now who were poisoned by him. https://t.co/gy3bmtyEtX
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) July 5, 2018
Matthew Miller’s post refers to the March assassination attempt against former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in the British city of Salisbury. The Russian poisoning attack led U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, an ally of the United States, to expel 23 Russian diplomats from Great Britain.
But that’s not the end of the not fine things attributed to Vladimir Putin.