Trump Forces a GOP Retreat On Russia: New at Reason

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Hit and Run

Most of the party’s members of Congress have done their best to downplay or excuse Trump’s strange fondness for Vladimir Putin.

STR/NewscomFor decades, the GOP made a habit of accusing its opponents of being weak-kneed and gullible about Moscow’s intentions. If Donald Trump had been elected president as a Democrat, they would be painting him as the most craven appeaser since Neville Chamberlain, writes Steve Chapman. But he was elected as a Republican, which has required some reorientation in the GOP.

A lot of Republican voters have simply turned their worldview upside down. One recent poll found that only one in four thinks Russia should be treated mainly as a threat—with the rest preferring warmer ties. And most of the party’s members of Congress have done their best to downplay or excuse Trump’s strange fondness for Vladimir Putin.

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