One of the things that I've seen in great abundance over the last few days from Democrats and some in liberal media is the delusional thought that somehow Russia's invasion of Ukraine is the fault of President Donald Trump.
Take the weasel, Alexander Vindman. Please.
Forgive the spin-off on the old Henny Youngman joke. But few people have stepped in it more than Vindman, and now he's eating it big time, being on the wrong side of history. Although he'd never acknowledge how wrong he has been. He's still blaming Trump.
“It's because of Trump's corruption that we have a less capable, less prepared Ukraine,” he said to Vice, propounding on the invasion. He said Trump was “absolutely” at fault for the invasion.
I've seen multiple, other Democrats with some variation on that same theme. But this is just a departure from all reality because they don't want to place the blame where it belongs. Trump hasn't been in office for two years. It wasn't under Trump that Putin invaded Ukraine – it was under the weak ones, Barack Obama and Joe Biden. It's because – despite the lies Democrats have pushed about Trump – he was the strong one on Russia and Putin knew it. Putin wasn't willing to test Trump. Trump was willing to pull the trigger to drop bombs on the heads of Russians for daring to fire near us in Syria. As we previously noted, he gave Germany a dressing down for getting in bed with Putin on oil and making Europe dependent on Russia. What sense did it make when the whole purpose of NATO was to protect against Russia, Trump asked, and he chastised them for doing it?
Trump was right again.
Biden not only didn't seem to care about that – he increased our oil buying from Russia while cutting our options for production, waived sanctions on Nord Stream 2, and then even greenlit for the Russians that a “minor incursion” wouldn't get severe backlash (although he later tried to clean that up). Even up to Friday, Biden's sanctions weren't designed to hit Russia where Putin lived.
Now we all know this, but what are Americans out there in general thinking about all this? Are they buying what Democrats and some of the liberal media are trying to sell? No, and that's a resounding no.
A new Harvard Center for American Political Studies (CAPS)-Harris Poll survey released Friday found that 62 percent of those polled believed Putin would not be moving against Ukraine if Trump had been president. When looking strictly at the answers of Democrats and Republicans, 85 percent of Republicans and 38 percent of Democrats answered this way.
Even 38 percent of Democrats know the Democrats' argument is nonsense, and believe Putin wouldn't have invaded if Trump were still in office.
Who did Americans place blame on, for Putin for being willing to take such actions now?
A majority of Americans polled — 59 percent — also said they believed that the Russian president moved on Ukraine because Putin saw weakness in President Biden, while 41 percent said that it was not a factor in Putin's decision to invade Ukraine.
Not only did they call Biden out on Ukraine, but the poll also put Biden at 38 percent approval, one of the lowest numbers so far.
“On the eve of his State of the Union, the president has hit a new low as inflation and economic anxiety hit new highs. The president is now underwater on every top domestic and foreign policy issue,” said Mark Penn, the co-director of the Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey.
The same poll found that 64 percent of registered voters said Biden is “too lenient” with Russia, while 31 percent said he handles Russia “just right.” Five percent said he's “too tough.”
Unlike Alexander Vindman, most Americans have sense and can fairly evaluate the evidence.