Suffice to say now that Donald J. Trump has become the Kremlin’s candidate for president of the United States of America.
The Republican presidential nominee thinks Russian strongman Vladimir Putin is a more effective leader than President Obama. He relishes the high praise Putin has heaped on him. Trump says what the heck, let the Russians re-annex Ukraine. He says that NATO allies will need to demonstrate their financial commitment to the defense of western Europe in the event of a Russian attack on, say, the Baltic States.
Now the candidate has ventured onto Russian-sponsored television to criticize the American president and, oh yeah, the U.S. political press.
There was a time when such conduct would be seen as a virtual disqualifier for a presidential candidate. No longer … I guess.
The network on which Trump appeared with that highly esteemed American “journalist” Larry King proclaims itself to be independent. It’s not. It is financed by the Kremlin and has faced repeated criticism of being in the Kremlin’s hip pocket.
Does this man Trump have any clue about the boundaries one must not cross? Ever?
He’s just crossed another one.
Sure, one-time candidate Barack Obama was criticized harshly for speaking ill of American policy while standing on foreign soil. It once was thought that partisan divides ended “at the water’s edge.”
Trump has just picked that old adage out of the trash bin, crumpled it up once again, and then tossed it back.
But … it won’t matter to those who cling to this idiotic notion that Trump merely is railing against “political correctness.”