‘Redefines gaslighting’: WaPo op-ed tries to paint Biden as hero standing up to Putin and it’s 100% fail

The Washington Post recently published an op-ed titled “With Biden standing firm, Putin must wonder: Where’s Trump when I need him?” which seeks to paint President Joe Biden in a favorable, almost heroic light and, naturally, bashes former President Donald Trump for good measure.

Of course, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been moving forward with his Ukrainian invasion regardless of Biden’s firmness.

The author actually suggests that Putin should have moved in on Ukraine under Trump rather than Biden, because Trump totally just would have let him.

“If Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to gobble up another chunk of Ukraine at little or no cost to his own interests, he should have done it while Donald Trump was still president. With President Biden leading the response, Putin’s potential costs are rising — while his hoped-for benefits have evaporated,” writes Eugene Robinson.

He also claims that Biden’s GOP opponents are “at pains” to complain about his response to the ongoing invasion.

Even in this era of scorched-earth politics, Biden’s Republican critics are at pains to formulate specific complaints about his leadership on Ukraine. A few, such as Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), have said he should have ordered a full-scale evacuation of American citizens. But others, including Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), agree with Biden that such a step would be premature and unwise. Some Republicans have attacked Biden’s energy policies, arguing that the United States should be maximizing oil and gas production to curb Putin’s coercive power, which hardly seems on point. The most common GOP criticism is the most amorphous: Putin is supposedly emboldened because he sees Biden as weak.

Robinson goes on to detail what he believes are Biden’s strongest responses to Russia’s threats, but ultimately, Trump is the real bad guy here.

“Contrast all of this with what possibly, or probably, would have happened had Trump still been in office. His “America First” foreign policy was infused with a heavy dose of the kind of neo-isolationism that is nightly given voice by Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who argues that Putin is justified in insisting that Ukraine be firmly within Russia’s orbit and never join NATO,” he explains.

It’s almost as if Trump never left office at all.

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