Cheese Stands Alone: July 16, 2018

Dear Mr. VP,

Dear God.

“Disagreements between our countries were discussed at length, and what the world saw, and the American people saw, is that President Donald Trump will always put the prosperity and security of America first.” (That’s you.)

“All I can do is ask the question – my people came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some others, they said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin he just said it’s not Russia. I will say this, I don’t see any reason why it would be…” (That’s Trump, saying he believes Vladimir Putin more than his own FBI.)

 

In contrast:

PR

That’s a member of Pussy Riot, running onto the soccer pitch during the World Cup Final, to protest Putin’s authoritarianism.

“There is no question that Russia interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world…The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally.” (That’s Paul Ryan.)

“The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake.” (That’s John McCain.)

“The ghost of Reagan is probably mad as hell.” (That’s Walter Jones.)

“It’s certainly not helpful for the President to express doubt about the conclusions of his own team.” (That’s Susan Collins.)

“I’ve said a number of times and I say it again, the Russians are not our friends and I entirely believe the assessment of our intelligence community.” (That’s Mitch McConnell.)

This is what’s running through my head:

D

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