Trey Gowdy has become a bit of a conservative legend for one simple reason: He pulls no punches and speaks the blunt truth.
That’s exactly what the fiery South Carolina congressman did on “Fox News Sunday” after host Chris Wallace asked for his opinion of how President Donald Trump has handled Russia — especially after growing evidence suggested that Putin’s government tried to meddle in the 2016 election.
“I think he’s done a hell of a lot better job than President (Barack) Obama did,” Gowdy replied.
“It wasn’t Donald Trump who laughed when Mitt Romney said Russia was our number one geopolitical enemy and it wasn’t President Trump who handed that awkward ‘reset button’ to the Russians,” the prosecutor-turned-lawmaker continued.
Gowdy was referring to a 2012 debate between Obama and Romney, during which the 44th president laughingly dismissed the Republican candidate’s warnings about Russia and actively downplayed the risk of Putin being a foil to America.
The “reset button” referred to a cringe-worthy moment in 2009 when Hillary Clinton, then the secretary of state, presented a cartoonish red button to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
That childish stunt was supposed to send a message that relations between the two superpowers were “reset” to perfect, and diplomacy would be magically improved from that moment on.
In a bungle that predicted the entire scandal-filled Hillary and Obama era, however, the button was incorrectly labelled “OVERLOAD” in Russian, making an awkward photo op even more confusing.
Gowdy went on to explain that although the media and the left have been attacking Trump for being chummy with Russia, it was actually Obama who should be receiving that criticism.
“It wasn’t President Trump who said on a hot mike, ‘I’ll have more flexibility in my second term.’ All of that was President Obama,” the congressman reminded viewers.
He’s right: Obama was captured on candid camera in 2012 telling Russian President Dmitri Medvedev that he would be able to give favors to the former Soviet Union and work more closely with the Kremlin after the November election — essentially admitting that he was saying one thing to get elected but working with Russia behind closed doors.
“This country can’t be tough enough on Russia,” Gowdy went on. “They tried to interfere with the fundamentals of our democracy.”
They did arguably much worse on the other side of the Atlantic. Last Wednesday, the Trump White House released a scathing statement agreeing with the British government that Russia had used a deadly nerve agent on a U.K. diplomat and his daughter.
“This latest action by Russia fits into a pattern of behavior in which Russia disregards the international rules-based order, undermines the sovereignty and security of countries worldwide, and attempts to subvert and discredit Western democratic institutions and processes,” the White House statement declared.
“The United States is working together with our allies and partners to ensure that this kind of abhorrent attack does not happen again,” the official letter continued.
“Their war is not against Democrats or Republicans, it’s against Americans,” Gowdy explained about Russia’s rogue actions overseas and in the 2016 American election. “So you cannot be tough enough against Russia in my judgement. I hope he does more, but he (Trump) did a hell of a lot more than his predecessor did.”
That’s an incredibly important point, and one that is frequently swept under the rug by the left.
The same media which is trying desperately to paint Trump as a secret ally of Russia is blatantly ignoring rebukes and sanctions against Moscow coming from the White House — and are the same elitists who pretended that Obama’s whispered promises or Clinton’s grinning Kremlin cooperation were no big deal.
As Gowdy so bluntly said, it was Obama and not Trump who laughed off the prospect of Russia as a geopolitical foe. If liberals want to know who to blame for emboldening Vladimir Putin’s recent antics, they need look no further than the nearest mirror.
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