Leave it to the “venerable” Gray Lady and her apologists on the left to do a side-by-side comparison of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and former President Donald Trump, and come to the wrong conclusion. Zelensky is a hero, while Trump is “a nimbus of selfishness and narcissism,” according to the witty, or perhaps witless, Maureen Dowd.
In a fallacious comparison of the two leaders, would it surprise anyone to know Dowd anathematized the US president, opining, “Trump became a blackguard. Zelensky donned a white hat. Trump tried to overturn American democracy. Zelensky tried to save Ukrainian democracy.” However, that was merely her opening salvo in advancing a preposterous theory about Mr. Trump. “Courage was an alien concept to this spoiled brat; he has always been a bully who let other people do the fighting for him,” she posited.
Who did she reference as proof of Mr. Trump’s cowardice? Why, none other than that bastion of truth, justice, and the American way (sic), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA). Calling Trump “Putin’s Poodle,” The New York Times’ columnist argued that “Putin would have rolled over him [Trump].” Unable to stop herself, Dowd theorized, “The claim by Trump and his sycophants that his relationship with Putin had kept Russia out of Ukraine is ludicrous.”
Perhaps before placing her well-manicured fingers on the keyboard, Ms. Dowd chose to smoke something more potent than menthol and mixed up the names Trump and Biden? Who remembers Putin lining up troops at Ukraine’s border right after 45’s election as he did the moment Joe Biden occupied the White House? Does anyone remember Russia invading under Mr. Trump’s charge? Well – anybody? As Liberty Nation’s Senior Political Analyst Tim Donner wrote, the genuine “Profile in Cowardice” is the current president, not the former. “Even when [Biden] tries to appear courageous, as when he withdrew from Afghanistan, the result – and the weakness and gross incompetence it conveyed – was so disastrous that it likely influenced Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine,” Donner observed.
When President Trump left office, this country was energy independent, its borders were secure, and the U.S. economy was headed for the high ground again after the devastation of the Wuhan virus. With Mr. Biden in office, Putin was emboldened to invade Ukraine; his not-so-subtle threats of nuclear war have the world on edge.
But back to Zelensky. Indeed, he has shown he is made of stern stuff, inspiring Ukrainians and the world writ large with heroic efforts to save them from the Evil Empire. The “mirabile dictu” that Dowd referenced is not that “some Republicans” found “Trump toxic” but that she managed to invoke the name of none other than Ronald Reagan, who helped “lift the Iron Curtain.” It’s always amusing to hear the left praising past Republicans whom they despised at the time.
Trying to demonize Trump has become the stock and trade of the advocacy media. Obsessed and infected with an anti-Trump virus, they seem unable to see him for who he really was and is: a man whose policies and purpose were to put America and its people first. If Dowd wanted to start a discussion about cowardice and ineptitude, she need look no further than her man in the Oval Office, Joe Biden.
~ Read more from Leesa K. Donner.