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Joe Scarborough compares Trump to Putin: ‘Trump would kill reporters if he could get away with it’

MSNBC host and former Republican Joe Scarborough told his audience Monday morning that President Donald “Trump would kill reporters if he could get away with it,” comparing the U.S. president to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

What are the details?

Scarborough made the comment during his criticism of Trump’s “60 Minutes” interview with CBS reporter Lesley Stahl, which aired the night before, hitting out at the president for criticizing Stahl after she began the sit-down by asking: “Are you ready for some tough questions?”

“How fascinating that Donald Trump says it’s, quote, inappropriate for Lesley Stahl to ask tough questions,” Scarborough said “It’s just, it’s really fascinating at this point to look how much that Donald Trump resembles an autocratic leader from eastern Europe, whether it’s Belarus or whether it’s Russia.

“Actually, though he kills journalists, Vladimir Putin on camera actually seems a little more willing to answer tough questions when they are asked of him,” Scarborough continued. “Donald Trump can’t even handle that.

“Of course, Donald Trump would kill reporters if he could get away with it,” the MSNBC host said. “I think even his strongest supporters would admit Trump would do whatever he could get away with.”

The Daily Caller reported that Scarborough “made similar comments back in February, claiming ‘dictator’ Trump would ‘arrest every journalist he didn’t like’ if he could get away with it.”

Scarborough and his “Morning Joe” co-host and wife Mika Brzezinski interviewed Trump frequently on their show before he became president in 2016, but the MSNBC duo has since become fervent enemies of the president.

What about the 2015 interview?

During a 2015 interview on “Morning Joe,” then-candidate Trump was pressed by Scarborough to condemn Putin’s killing of journalists who do not agree with the Russian leader.

Scarborough, who previously served as a U.S. congressman for Florida, asked Trump what he thought about Putin giving him a compliment.

“When people call you brilliant, it’s always good, especially when the person heads up Russia,” Trump replied.

“Well, he’s also a person that kills journalists and political opponents and invades countries,” Scarborough said. “That would be a concern, would it not?”

“He’s running his country and at least he’s a leader, unlike what we have in this country,” Trump responded.

“But again, he kills journalists that don’t agree with him,” Scarborough said.

Trump argued back, “Well, I think our country does plenty of killing also, Joe. You know, there’s a lot of stuff going on in the world right now, Joe. A lot of killing going on and a lot of stupidity.”

Trump finally relented that he does condemn Putin’s killing of journalists and political opponents.

When asked about how America’s relationship with Russia might change under a Trump presidency, Trump said, “I’ve always felt fine about Putin. I think he is a strong leader, he’s a powerful leader, he’s represented his country the way — the country is being represented.”

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Alyssa Milano warns that Vladimir Putin and the right are ‘weaponizing’ cancel culture after her own controversy

Liberal actress Alyssa Milano decried the weaponization of cancel culture by the right and the Russians, but many on social media found the suggestion hard to swallow.

“Cancel culture is being weaponized by the right/Putin. Take notice of who they are targeting & what is trending. Are they trying to hurt Trump’s most vocal critics? Yup,” she tweeted, citing Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump.

“The misinformation campaign has begun. Be vigilant in what you post on social media,” she added. “Truth still matters.”

Milano was likely still upset after critics discovered an old comedy sketch where she darkened her face in order to mock reality TV star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” franchise.

She denied that her makeup was comparable to blackface and lashed out at her detractors.

“The right wing trolls are using a still from this funny or die video where a parodied Snookie from Jersey Shore. If you see the screen grab that they are using maybe you can shut them down with a link to the entire video,” she tweeted.

She did not produce any evidence that Putin was helping spread the “cancel culture” narratives in the United States.

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Putin positions himself to be president for life, cites FDR

Russian lawmakers rubber-stamped broad changes to the nation’s constitution Wednesday that would allow President Vladimir Putin to run twice more for the presidency after his current term ends in in 2024, if he so chooses.

If the 67-year-old were to run and win both terms — which is almost a foregone conclusion at this point — it would extend his tenure as ruler of Russia to 36 years and make him the longest-serving leader in modern Russian history. To put things in perspective, Josef Stalin served 29 years.

What are the details?

Here’s more on the measure from the Associated Press:

The measure must still be approved by the country’s Constitutional Court and by a nationwide vote next month before they come into force. Putin’s critics called for protests, condemning the move as a way to keep him in office after he hits his term limit in 2024.

The Kremlin-controlled lower house, the State Duma, endorsed a set of amendments to the Russian Constitution and a provision that resets the term count for Putin once the revisions come into force. It passed the chamber by a 383-0 vote with 43 abstentions, and several hours later sailed through the upper house, the Federation Council, by a vote of 160-1 with three abstentions.

The measure was introduced on Tuesday by Valentina Tereshkova, a former cosmonaut who became the first woman in space in 1963, and essentially resets Putin’s term limit clock to zero.

The move was supposedly intended to free Putin up from the restraints he would encounter in a lame-duck presidency, but detractors aren’t buying it.

According to the New York Times, not all Russians are excited over the prospects of an eternal Putin, or a “quasi-monarchy,” as one Russian business magnate put it.

A 24-year-old clothing factory worker noted in conversation with the Times that she would be 40 years old when Putin’s renewed two presidential term limit expires in 2036 “and Putin will still be there.”

“It drives me a bit crazy,” she added.

“Do you want an eternal Putin?” one Kremlin critic said in a YouTube response to the news Wednesday. “Do you want to die under Putin and his whole Kremlin band?”

Putin backed the measure, citing turbulent times and FDR

In a bit of political theater on Thursday, Putin changed his mind and ending up backing the measure that paves the way for his extended rule.

The current president did so because “many countries in the world, especially ours, are engulfed in a highly unstable situation,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, according to the Financial Times.

“In times like these having a stable, secure, orderly government is very important,” Peskov continued, before adding that the term limit extension would “be used just once because of the situation.”

The comments from Peskov are in line with the president’s own remarks before the the State Duma on Tuesday ahead of the choreographed vote.

“There are precedents for elections for more than two terms, including in the United States,” Putin argued. “When a country is going through such upheavals and such difficulties — in our case we have not yet overcome all the problems since the USSR, this is also clear — stability may be more important and must be given priority.”

Putin’s comments about the United States refer to the third and fourth terms sought and won by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt during World War II. Following FDR’s death, Congress proposed and ratified the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, which placed a two-term limit on presidents.

The nationwide vote on the measure in Russia is scheduled for April 22.

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‘Radical’ group releases pigeons with MAGA hats glued on their heads for President Trump’s visit to Nevada

An anonymous group released pigeons with tiny “Make America Great Again” hats glued on their heads just ahead of a visit from President Donald Trump to Las Vegas, Nevada.

And one pigeon had a blonde wig affixed on his head.

The group calls itself by the acronym P.U.T.I.N., which stands for “Pigeons, United To Interfere Now,” and may give a hint to their political motivations. They said they were an “underground radical group.”

The group told the Las Vegas Review Journal that the pigeon prank was an “aerial protest piece in response to the arrival of the 2020 Democratic debate,” which is also being held in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

“The release date was also coordinated to serve as a gesture of support and loyalty to President Trump,” said Coo Hand Luke, a member of the group.

They said that they used eyelash glue for the hats, and rejected suggestions from some who said they were guilty of cruelty to animals.

“It’s what women use to put around their eyes for eyelash extensions. The hats usually stay on for a day or two, depending on the bird’s movements,” said Luke.

“We can also remove them ourselves as they fly back to the coop. They could be gone for a day, two days or a week, but they always come back,” he explained.

Here’s a promotional video from PUTIN: