Trump through Rus­sian eyes

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peace. And for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush re­port­edly will vote for Clin­ton. These Repub­li­cans are show­ing true pa­tri­o­tism, putting coun­try be­fore party.

But what about Paul Ryan, the cur­rent Speaker of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives? If Ryan is truly the grown-up Catholic altar boy that he likes to por­tray him­self as be­ing, why doesn’t he de­nounce Trump’s xeno­pho­bic state­ments, deep­en­ing flir­ta­tion with the racist “alt-right,” dis­hon­est busi­ness prac­tices, and er­ratic for­eign pol­icy po­si­tions? In­stead, he acts as if Trump is wor­thy of the Amer­i­can pres­i­dency, and risks los­ing his coun­try (if not his soul) be­cause Trump just might en­act some poli­cies that Ryan sup­ports.

And, fi­nally, where are the many old Repub­li­can lions? If they want to pre­vent Trump from tak­ing their party’s rep­u­ta­tion – and their coun­try’s fu­ture – to the slaugh­ter­house, they had bet­ter roar soon. And yet for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush re­mains on the side­lines, seem­ingly more em­bit­tered that Trump de­feated his brother Jeb in the pri­mary than an­i­mated by the threat posed by Trump. James Baker, who served both Ron­ald Rea­gan and Ge­orge H.W. Bush, has not pub­licly said a word; nor has Ge­orge Shultz, Henry Kissinger, Con­doleezza Rice, or Dick Cheney. We know that Colin Pow­ell loathes Trump, but only be­cause his emails were leaked.

When Yeltsin stepped down, he left Rus­sia at the mercy of his hand­picked suc­ces­sor, Putin. For the sake of their party and their own hon­our and rep­u­ta­tions, these old lions should now openly dis­avow Trump, lest sim­i­lar dam­age be in­flicted on their – and my – coun­try.

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