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Vladimir Putin trolls fired FBI director James Comey - in epic fashion
One gets the idea that Vladimir Putin really enjoys watching Democrats embarrass themselves, and their country, via their asinine witch hunt. Partly, that's because he's no friend of the United States, and (like the Dems) he will do - or applaud - pretty much anything that weakens our President. However, you also get the sense that he's genuinely enjoying the meltdown. The formerly austere Russian President has turned out to be quite the wisecracker lately.
First, he ripped Democrats for being "shameless losers."
"Outstanding figures in American history from the ranks of the Democratic Party would likely be turning in their graves. Roosevelt certainly would be. They (the Democrats) are losing on all fronts and looking elsewhere for things to blame. In my view this, how shall I say it, degrades their own dignity. You have to know how to lose with dignity."
Continuing his barrage against the Democratic Party, Putin said it is "losing on all fronts" and that it is wrongly trying to blame President-elect Donald Trump's victory on external factors. "You need to learn how to lose gracefully," he said.
He added that "losers always look for someone to blame, but they should first of all look at themselves.
Putin then said that "the most important thing is what was revealed. It's not like people invented this information - what they reported is true. It showed how the Democratic Party manipulated the system against Bernie Sanders. Instead of apologizing, they began to look for people to blame."
Then, he trolled President Trump - and the US media - by offering to hand over some totally-not-fake transcripts:
Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to give the United States a transcript of President Donald Trump's conversation last week with Russian officials in the Oval Office, saying he'd hand them over if "the U.S. administration finds it appropriate," CNN reported.
Putin's comments come as Trump faces accusations that he inappropriately disseminated classified information to the Russians in the meeting — possibly jeopardizing relationships with foreign allies whom the U.S. relies on for intelligence gathering.
More recently, we saw him laughing at the media's obsession with Jared Kushner and "Russiagate." As he told Megyn Kelly:
“If it had been important, the minister would have reported it to me. There wasn’t anything to talk about. There wasn’t a discussion about sanctions or anything else. For me, this is just amazing. You create a sensation out of nothing, and out of this sensation, you turn it into a weapon of war against the current president. Well, this is, you know, you’re just, you people are so creative over there. Good job. Your lives must be boring.”
Now, he's mocking fired FBI director James Comey - by offering him Snowden-esque asylum if he's persecuted over those infamous leaked memos.
Speaking in his annual question and answer session in Moscow, the Russian President said it was "very strange" that the FBI official had leaked details of conversations with Donald Trump, and likened his actions to those of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
"If there is some kind of persecution, we would be ready to offer political asylum to Mr Comey if he is persecuted in the US", Mr Putin told a live audience.
Comparing Mr Comey to Mr Snowden, he said the former FBI director's decision to leak details of his conversations with Mr Trump to the media had placed him in a vulnerable position and meant he had behaved more like an activist than an FBI chief.
That is some grade-a Jumbo-sized trolling.
Democrats will point out that Putin is a horrible guy - a killer with a list of human rights abuses a mile long. They're right. They should, however, keep in mind that they are the enablers of his current political interference.
In their desperation to defend Hillary Clinton and shift blame for her 2016 loss, they invented the "Russian collusion" nothingburger. That placed Putin at the center of American politics, giving him increased attention and prominence - while opening an avenue for the kind of trolling seen above. Without the Dems help, Putin would just be the same, untrustworthy, marginalized dirtbag he always was.
Thanks to the DNC, he's become an omnipresent boogeyman for half the country.