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‘It Is Baffling’: Scarborough Bewildered by Trump’s Defense of Kremlin’s Killing of Journalists

During his first Fox News Super Bowl sit-down as President, Donald Trump gave a strange defense of Vladimir Putin in an interview with Bill O’Reilly that left Morning Joe cohosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough utterly perplexed.

O’Reilly pressed the President on why he has championed such support for Putin, clarifying in his questions, “He’s a killer though, Putin’s a killer.”

Trump shrugged and responded, “What, you think our country’s so innocent?”

After playing the clip on Monday’s Morning Joe, Brzezinski said, “I mean at this point, you’re asking ‘why’? You have to ask why to this,” before rolling a 2015 MSNBC interview where then-candidate Trump argued much of the same.

Her cohost Scarborough questioned the “moral equivalency,” of Trump to defend Putin’s notorious killing of Russian journalists, a fact that lawmakers on both sides of the political idealogical divide have called out for years. “You just have to wonder how any President could say that about our country that I will say again — it begs repeating — we have fed and we have freed more people on this planet than any other country in human history,” Scarborough said Monday morning.

“This desire to keep preaching moral equivalency is baffling continues — it was disturbing enough a year ago — it is baffling now as President of the United States that he’s still doing this,” Scarborough continued after recounting many of the well-documented acts of aggression and hostility towards Russian journalists and opponents by the Kremlin.

Among the victims of the so-called Putin body count is Boris Nemtsov, a political opponent of Vladimir Putin’s who in 2015 was shot dead on a bridge just several yards from the Kremlin the night he was supposed to lead a large march against Russia’s aggression in the Ukraine. President Barack Obama at the time spoke out against the killing, calling it a, “brutal murder.”

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