Democratic Congressman Gerry Connolly of Virginia blasted Republicans in the House of Representatives for sharing the same sycophantic talking points as Russian President Vladimir Putin to gush over President Donald Trump.
Connolly is a ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and serves as the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Government Operations.
“I was also struck with his description of Trump. I don’t mean this facetiously, but frankly, those words could have come out of a lot of mouths of Republican enablers in the Republican Congress,” Connolly said in an interview with Alex Witt on MSNBC on Saturday.
“Be a little more specific. You mean just the generic nature? You think he sort of tapdanced around specifics? Was that what he was doing?” Witt asked.
Connolly recalled Putin’s remarks and they do indeed mirror those of Trump’s followers.
“Talented man, didn’t come from Washington, shook things up,” Connolly said, mimicking Trump supporters and Putin.
“You might not like him,” the Congressman continued.
“But he, you know, well, this was a man who didn’t know anything about U.S. Government and didn’t care, who violated democratic norms, who incited an insurrection, who as we’re now learning has violated the rights of journalists and members of Congress in seeking his Department of Justice in the worst of the Nixonian tradition, seeking e-mails and telephone logs to basically intimidate and get dirt on people he would then try to suppress,” Connolly said, alluding to the growing domestic spying scandal at the Justice Department.
“No wonder Vladimir Putin likes him,” Connolly added, referring to Trump.
Watch below via PoliticusUSA:
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) points out that Putin and Republicans in Congress use the same language when describing Trump, so it sounds a lot like Republicans are using Russian talking points. pic.twitter.com/CHBZaHmN5Q
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) June 12, 2021
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