America First?

After his election, Obama went on what became known as an apology tour. He went to other countries and criticized America for past actions. Mitt Romney, along with most Republicans, rightly called him out for it.

We can have debates about what America has done or is doing, and the right way forward, but those debates should be conducted in-house. There is no excuse for the president of the United States, or any other Federal employee for that matter, condemning America in foreign lands for whatever reason, let alone to excuse the bad behavior of other countries.

It was wrong when Obama did it. It is wrong when Trump does it.

In advance of his summit with Russian “President” Vladimir Putin, a murderous dictator and brutal war criminal, Trump tweeted another insult to the country he leads, blaming bad relations between our two countries on “U.S. foolishness and stupidity.”

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs quickly agreed with the American president that our bad relations is America’s fault.

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It’s not because Putin said the collapse of the Soviet Union and therefore the end of the Cold War was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century. It’s not because Russia recently invaded two countries and annexed territory from both. It’s not because Russian forces shot down a civilian airliner. It’s not because Russia interfered in our elections and the elections of other Western democracies. It’s not because Putin has Russian journalists and political opponents murdered, sometimes on NATO soil using banned chemical and radiological weapons. It’s not because Russia supports and defends Iran, the number one terror sponsor in the world. It’s not because Russian mercenaries attacked an American compound full of US soldiers who were fighting ISIS.

No. According to the president of the United States, while on foreign soil no less, it’s America’s fault.

Who knew America First really meant blame America first?

And this isn’t the first time Trump has attacked America to defend our enemy. Just a few weeks into his presidency, Bill O’Reilly pointed out that Putin is “a killer,” to which Trump responded by blaming America, saying “we’ve got a lot of killers. What do you think – our country’s so innocent?”

No, this isn’t evidence that Trump is bought by Russia and working for Putin. It’s evidence that Trump associates the fact that Russia interfered in our elections with the accusation that he colluded. So under the theory that the enemy of my enemy is my friend, he defends a dictator and condemns America.

Except the Democrats are our political opponents, not our enemy. Russia is our enemy.

The record of Trump condemning America in order to excuse tyrants is long, extensive, and inexcusable. Patriots of any political party should not tolerate it. Trump will literally hug the Stars and Stripes at times, but he’s far more likely to insult what that flag stands for.

Trump had some tough words for NFL players who disrespected the national anthem. What should we say to a president who disrespects the nation?

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