Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,”when asked about a clip from a Super Bowl interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly in which President Donald Trump when asked about Russian President Vladimir Putin being a killer said America isn’t all that innocent, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) declared there was “no moral equivalency” between the United States and “the murderous thugs” behind Putin’s regime in Russia.
Sasse said, “I’ll be honest. I don’t know what the president is trying to do with statements like he allegedly has on “O’Reilly” on the Super Bowl tonight. I have only seen little clips of it. There may be a broader context. Let’s be clear. has the U.S. made mistakes? Of course. is the U.S. at all like Putin’s regime? Not at all. The U.S. affirms freedom of speech. Putin is no friend of freedom of speech. Putin an enemy of freedom of religion.”
“The U.S. celebrates freedom of religion. Putin is an enemy of the free press,” he continued. “The U.S. celebrates free press. Putin an enemy of political dissent. The U.S. celebrates political dissent and the right of people to argue free from violence about places where ideas are in conflict. There is no moral equivalency between the United States of America — the greatest freedom loving nation in the history of the world — and the murderous thugs that are in Putin’s defense of his cronyism. There is no moral equivalency there.”
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