As more and more reports are being released about Russia’s involvement in the U.S. election, Republicans are being asked to defend their party’s new leader, Donald Trump.
On Wednesday, CNN host Jake Tapper cornered Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) when he asked the GOPer if he could name one time – just one instance – in which Trump had said something bad about Russian leader Vladimir Putin. You can only imagine how that went.
Everyone knows that the President-elect is infamous for having a creepy crush on Putin, especially after watching Trump spend his entire presidential election showering praise on him. Johnson knew he was screwed and up against the wall, so he decided to take a page from Trump’s book and completely sidestep. Johnson squirmed and said:
“Well, what I’ve heard him say is that he wants to strengthen our economy. He wants to stop hollowing our military. He wants to actual defeat ISIS and secure our borders. That is operating from a position of strength, and let’s face it, President Obama’s strategy of peace through withdrawal has been a miserable failure.”
Tapper knew exactly what Johnson was trying to pull, so he pressed Johnson to answer the question again. Tapper asked Johnson why he was so certain that Trump would go up against Putin, especially since he’s never offered any criticism of the Russian leader. Johnson became increasingly uncomfortable and said, “Well again, I can only speak for myself” before explaining that he hoped that once Trump got into the White House and got all the information, Trump would be worried about Putin.
Tapper once again told Johnson that he hadn’t actually provided a real answer, and Johnson basically crumbled. The pathetic Republican shot back, “I’m not an encyclopedia.”
The true reason Johnson was refusing to answer the question is because there isn’t a single instance where Trump has criticized Russia and Putin – in fact, Trump has gone out of his way to do the opposite and say good things about them. Republican congressmen who ignore this blatantly obvious fact and turn a blind eye are almost just as bad as Trump – they are putting America in great danger, and they’re serving as accomplices to Trump as he hands Putin the country.
You can watch Tapper take down Johnson below:
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