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McCarthy Breaks Ranks With Trump About Putin!

Since he reversed course on his original comments immediately following the Jan. 6 attacks, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has rarely broken ranks with Donald Trump. However, recently McCarthy uncharitably disagreed with the former president’s opinion of Vladimir Putin.

Directly calling Trump’s words into contrast, McCarthy said that he doesn’t think Russian President Vladimir Putin’s moves leading up to the invasion of Ukraine were “savvy” or “genius.”

“I do not think anything savvy or genius about Putin,” McCarthy said at a recent press conference in the Capitol.

“I think Putin is evil. I think he’s a dictator. I think he’s murdering people right now,” McCarthy continued.

McCarthy has criticized Putin before, calling the Russian leader “reckless, evil and dangerous” in a Fox News interview late last month. But his latest remarks came in response to a direct question about whether he agreed with Trump’s assessment of Putin.

Last month, prior to the actual incursion into Ukraine, Trump called Putin’s strategy in Ukraine “very savvy” after the Russian president declared he would recognize two separatist regions in eastern Ukraine as independent just days before his troops began the invasion.

“I went in yesterday, and there was a television screen, and I said, ‘This is genius.’ Putin declares a big portion of the Ukraine — of Ukraine — Putin declares it as independent,” Trump said in an interview with the conservative “Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show.”

“So, Putin is now saying, ‘It’s independent,’ a large section of Ukraine. I said, ‘How smart is that?’ And he’s gonna go in and be a peacekeeper,” Trump said.

“They’re gonna keep peace all right. No, but think of it. Here’s a guy who’s very savvy. … I know him very well. Very, very well.”

However, Trump has since shifted his tone, calling the Russian invasion of Ukraine “a holocaust” last week.

Still, there are other corners of the far-right who have expressed pro-Putin sentiments.

Tucker Carlson, the influential Fox News prime-time host, urged viewers last month to question negative views toward Putin. “It may be worth asking yourself since it is getting pretty serious, what is this really about? Why do I hate Putin so much?” Carlson said.

And at the fringe America First Political Action Conference late last month, the organizer, white nationalist Nick Fuentes, asked the crowd to “give a round of applause for Russia,” resulting in some attendees chanting, “Putin! Putin!”

While not giving a direct assessment of Putin one way or the other, Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) both participated in that conference.

McCarthy is not the only leading Republican who has broken with Trump’s opinion of the Russian president.

Last week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that Putin is a “ruthless thug.”

“What President Putin is, is a ruthless thug who’s just invaded another sovereign country and killed thousands of innocent people,” McConnell said. “That’s what President Putin is.”

And as we have reported, at a gathering of Republican National Committee donors last week, former Vice President Mike Pence said, “There is no room in this party for apologists for Putin.”

A reporter asked McCarthy at the Capitol press conference if he agreed with Pence’s stance.

“Yeah,” McCarthy replied.

Written by Bill Sheridan

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  1. MCCARTHY BELONGS WITH MATCH MCCONEEL. HE IS CALCULATING FOR HIMSELF. WE ONLY NEED TRUMP TO GET THE REAL COUNT AND THE BOOGIE MAN WILL GO AWAY.

    IF YOU ARE A RACIST ADMIT IT. I’M A RACIST. MY FAVORITE RACE IS THE KENTUCKY DERBY. I LIKE TO WEAR THE BIG HATS.

    I’M WITH THOMAS JEFFERSON. I TOO LIKE CHOCOLATE, WINK WINK. WHO DOESN’T LIKE TWO MALLOMARS JUST OUT THE FRIDGE. SIDE BY SIDE. I’M SO EXCITED AND I JUST CAN’T HIDE IT. COMMUNISTS WILL TRY AND SMOTHER YOU WITH THE RACE CARD BUT I AM JAM TIGHT AND JELLY FREE. I AM GRANDFATHERED. I HAVE BEEN LABELED IN THE 50’S AS AN N LOVER. PEOPLE WOULD SAY TO ME :

    IF YOU LOVE THOSE N’S SO MUCH WHY NOT GO TO N TOWN AND LIVE WITH THEM. MY REPLY WAS I DO..I’VE BEEN TO THE BABY GRAND THREE TIMES. I MISSED THE APOLLO HOOK TWICE. I LOVE GOSPEL PEOPLE. WE HAVE JESUS IN COMMON. LIKE LINCOLN SAID A HOUSE DIVIDED CANNOT STAND AND NEVER TRUST A COMMUNIST DEMOCRAT. SPIRIT OF AMERICA PARTY RADIO SHOW. ABUTOM lower case exemption.no 50.

  2. Many EVIL men are genius and savvy. Like all tyrannical despot dictators, Putin is evil personified – as were all the Russian dictators before him beginning with Marx and Lenin. It seems that the “genius” wannabe leaders of the Republican Party are anything but savvy. They talk out of both sides of their mouths as they try to thread the needle and walk a tightrope between supporting and denying President Trump. That does not work out very well for them.

    • Once again they cherry pick. Those who went along with it are the RINO’S. McCarthy and McConnell have to go. They’re both trying to push traitor Pence as a nominee. He’s the establishment. Those who you haven’t heard from in over a year but only coming out now because of mid-terms stay away from and vote for American first candidate. Congress needs to realize they work for us. They reprimand Greene and Boebert but the democrats praise the squad. They should be backing them since they don’t have the guts. Also, as kissing Graham needs to go. Unfortunately they still have 4 years left in their term but vote for their opponents, especially McConnell. Republicans won’t get the overwhelming votes if they keep McConnell and McCarthy in leadership then we won’t win overwhelmingly. We may lose the senate because of it. Get a spine republican leaders and do something. That’s the only good thing I can say about democrats , they go for and fight tooth and nail for what they want. The hell with taking the high road and giving them what they want for bipartisanship. Play their game or lose.

      • Excellent and true post. Agree 100%…I will NEVER accept the position that McCarthy is “AUDITIONING FOR, AS HE WAS/IS A TRAITOR TO POTUS TRUMP THAT WE, THE GOP VOTERS ELECTED”.

        McCarthy ONLY wants to be in Pelosi’s Position and I think he does NOT back Trump after he bashed him after Jan.6th-then RUSHED TO FLA. to Pretend he was On Trump’s Side? Sorry He’s Just Like McConnell…a “Never Trumper”

  3. President Trump was not agreeing with, or apologizing for Putin. I watched his interview and just because he used the words “Savvy” and “Genius” did not mean he agreed with Putin at all. The President thinks he is a
    ruthless totalitarian dictator.

  4. I have no respect for McCarthy. He has no principals.
    He is so two faced. I hope he is defeated in the November
    election. Would be the best thing for us conservative’s
    He is just like Mitch. Belongs to the Deep State.
    Roy Schlobohm

      • I had no idea that McCarthy is a maneater both politically, and by preference. I always thought he sucked,but now I know he really does—-politically. Neither McConnell, or McCarthy are honest,nor caring about American citizens, only care about their NWO kissing cousins like World Economic Forum scum like Klaus Schwab,and Soros,both by the way are employees of the incredibly wealthy,and powerful Rothschild family. Find REAL Republicans for those positions, and for Gods sake,lets have terms limits on all political offices.

  5. It seems to me that Putin’s declaration was not dissimilar to France recognition of the 13 colonies as independent of England during our own revolution. They decided we were legitament because we were at war with their enemy England. That question of legitamacy was decided on the battle field

  6. Isn’t strange that those who identify as conservative and know the media is FAKE NEWS suddenly swallow the turds they’re shoving in our face. Just because it sounds like something they like, or want to rally around. They want to run the military into another useless operation, so that we can lose a bunch of young lives and limbs then pull another Vietnam or Afghanistan. Our government now admits that we financed bio weapons labs in Ukraine, along the Russian border. WTF would we expect if Russia financed those labs along the Mexican border. I don’t like Putin, he’s KGB which is Russian for CIA, but after this plandemic we suffered through I can understand his reasoning.

  7. McCarthy may not be privy to the “ REAL “ reason Putin has invaded Ukraine, he is there because the US and Ukraine have deadly and dangerous viruses that could wipe out Billions. The Bio-Weapons Hazardous viruses like Anthrax, Bubonic Plague , Small Pox and Hunta Virus . Some of the deadliest known to man ! There are approx 30 Labs all over Ukraine, he is strategically eradicating them. Also, the Deep State has been “ Money Laundering “ through Ukraine and the build up of the Neo Nazi groups are also targeted ! Vladimir Putin is saving his country and the World from another “ UNLEASHED VIRUS “ on The World !
    P.S. Hussein Obama funded the labs to be build and in operation in 2005 when he was a Senator!!!

  8. Trump’s comments did not indicate that he agreed with the Putin invasion plan. Only that he admires his favorite dictator.
    He made a huge mistake in suggesting Putin was genius or anything close to being that smart.
    Genius Putin joins other geniuses: W, Hitler, Stalin, Napoleon, Chamberlain, Cornwallis Custer.

  9. Don Trump IS the best thing that happened to this country in my 75 years, but he is far from perfect.

    I can give 3-names that the President picked that actually are close to malfeasance in office.

    Jeff the inert Sessions
    Candy Barr
    and last but not least,
    Mike the back stabber Pence.

    How he could have picked 3 died in the wool swamp rat crooks is beyond me, but that doesn’t mean that everything the President did was all wet. He did more good then every President since Abe Lincoln.

    For every screw up you want to throw up in his face there are 5-positive things he was behind.

    Before you condemn the President for screwing up just remember the only guy that WAS perfect ended up nailed to a cross and Don Trump is a long way from being like that guy.

  10. I disagree with McCarthy over the term “Savvy” because Putin did show a certain amount of shrewdness by waiting until the United States replaced President Trump with a weak-minded, no backbone, and lifetime politician as President. I also believe the term “genius” to be misrepresentative of Pupin’s actions against Ukraine. I would describe Putin’s actions, especially his timing, to be more militarily sound than “genius”. Although none of us is in a position to interpret what President Trump actually meant, I believe Trump’s use of “genius” was misused relative to Putin’s action. I believe Trump’s use of “genius” was intended to state Putin’s actions were militarily strong and strategically sound. I do not believe Putin is justified in any action against Ukraine, but, militarily, his actions are sound. The big question is: What can the United Nations do to stop Putin, short of WWIII? Putin has placed the world into a spin only creditable actions can void.

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