You know it’s bad for Putin when even his lapdog has called for him to stop the invasion of Ukraine:
Former President Trump called the Russian invasion into Ukraine “a Holocaust” and urged Russia to stop fighting, a large shift in tone since last week when the former president praised Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Trump’s remarks came during a Wednesday interview with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo, widely seen as a Trump ally.
The former president said Russia has “to stop killing these people” and suggested a deal could be worked out to end the conflict.
Very unTrumplike. But he has no choice. His defense of Putin initially backfired bigly. He can’t run for the White House in 2024 with that on his resume:
Trump condemned the military action taking place in Ukraine and said the number of casualties from the war may be higher than being reported.
“We’re fighting Russia. We’re watching a holocaust. We’re watching something that I’ve never seen before.
“They’re blowing up buildings, with children, with women, with professionals, with people, just people, they’re blowing up indiscriminately. They’re just shooting massive missiles and rockets into these buildings and everybody is dying.
“The numbers are far worse than what you’re seeing on television. I don’t know if they keeping them down. When you see buildings being blown up and then they say one person died? Give me a break. Many people are dying and we’re allowing this to happen.”
But he still won’t denounce Putin:
Despite being presented with the opportunity to condemn the Russian president, the former US president notably did not mention Mr Putin by name, nor respond directly to Ms Bartiromo’s question as to whether he deserved respect.