— Jean-Michel Connard ?? (@torriangray) December 13, 2021
Russia's excess deaths in the pandemic are up to >810,000. But Putin's approval rating is down to 32%, so the government is walking back its vaccination plans https://t.co/0pFrs6dNY5
— Alec Luhn (@ASLuhn) December 13, 2021
“Like every dictator, he’s having trouble explaining why everything in his country is such a mess after over 20 years in unchallenged power. Enemies are needed, ones big enough to be credible, and that means…the United States.” https://t.co/y5JVPty0vM
— John Sipher (@john_sipher) December 13, 2021
Gary Kasparov, *not* a fan:
… Even after the Trump years, when sometimes you weren’t sure if you were watching Fox News or Russia Today, it’s still a shock to hear American commentators of influence recite talking points straight out of the Kremlin’s playbook. Carlson did his best to twist them into MAGA-friendly soundbites, but it’s an impossible task. If there’s anything Putin wants for America, it’s for it never to be great again…
If the rule of international law is to matter at all, Putin’s mafia gang should be sanctioned into oblivion until every inch of Ukrainian territory is returned. Kick his oligarchs and their families out of their posh properties in the free world, where they enjoy luxuries that few Russians can dream of—like freedom of speech. Seize their looted assets, treat them like the criminals they are. All this leverage is available, but the will to use it has been absent.
This makes Carlson’s blather about being too tough on Putin even more laughable. Putin is a hostile actor, an enemy who has repeatedly attacked American interests abroad and in the homeland. Russian hackers and disinformation campaigns target everything from racial strife to vaccine effectiveness to US elections. Why would a flag-wrapped nationalist like Tucker Carlson take Putin’s side? Because Putin took Trump’s? Because he’s admiring of Putin’s authoritarian powers?
Or perhaps it’s that Trumpists, much like Putin, don’t see democracy as anything but trouble despite their claims of being freedom-loving patriots. Praising a dictator is to praise dictatorship, and what could be more un-American than that?
In Putin’s case, it really was about economic anxiety…
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the collapse of the Soviet Union spelled the end of "historical Russia," revealing he drove a taxi to make ends meet following the U.S.S.R.'s fall https://t.co/nUcfF2MpzE
— The Moscow Times (@MoscowTimes) December 12, 2021
Speaking of Trump / Putin fanbois — remember this guy?
Glenn Greenwald pre-insurrection: Resistance idiots really think Trump will try to seize power and refuse to leave ????
Glenn Greenwald post-insurrection: Resistance idiots still hung up on Trump’s attempt to seize power and refuse to leave ???? pic.twitter.com/Xi1RtrIsJ4
— Brian Tashman (@briantashman) December 12, 2021
This is just sad, man. How many stories of GOP authoritarianism you'd have to ignore, just to shuck and jive for those sweet sweet Fox cable TV hits, that Thiel cash and those RW MAGA substack bucks. Imagine having this little shame. Couldn't be me. pic.twitter.com/nT7xtO25Lu
— Centrism Fan Acct ?? (@Wilson__Valdez) December 13, 2021
As far as I know, this is a parody…
— ss?ppo? ??uoi???o? p????i??? ????N (@NLRG_) December 10, 2021