Putin Praises Trump As ‘Talented,’ Says Liberalism Has ‘Become Obsolete’

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U.S. President Donald Trump is “a talented person” who “knows very well what his voters expect from him,” according to Vladimir Putin.

In an interview with the Financial Times, the Russian president referred to Trump as “Donald” several times and said: “Mr. Trump is not a career politician … I do not accept many of his methods when it comes to addressing problems. But do you know what I think? I think that he is a talented person. He knows very well what his voters expect from him.”

Putin also said in the interview this week that liberalism had “become obsolete” and “has outlived its purpose.”

Those comments were viewed as an attack on governments that elect their leaders democratically. Numerous investigations have found that Putin’s government interfered in the 2016 campaign in an attempt to tip the scales toward Trump, and other world leaders have warned that Russia continues to try to interfere in the democratic process.

“Whoever claims liberal democracy is obsolete also claims freedoms are obsolete, the rule of law is obsolete, and that human rights are obsolete,” Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, said at a news conference here. “For us in Europe, these are and will remain essential and vibrant values. What I find really obsolete are authoritarianism, personality cults, the rule of oligarchs.”

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  1. Liberalism and democracy are not the same thing. Whoever found Putins sound bite offensive to democratic values doesnt know the difference between peoples right to vote for their leadership and the rights given to them by said leadership. Restricting what citizens are allowed to do based on the moral values set by the government is actually one reason why democracy works and it isn’t anarchy.
    The people democratically vote for the people who represent their values so you can have democratically appointed leadership that represents a society with more restrictive values and rejects liberalism. The inability for people of the same gender to marry is not a contradiction to democratic values if the leadership that makes that restriction was appointed by the people and, if the people wish to, can be deposed by the people themselves.
    Mic drop


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