The New York Times is absolutely shocked and horrified at Donald Trump’s praise for Russian President Vladimir Putin. And why shouldn’t they be? After all, Putin is a vicious, psychopathic little dictator with blood on his hands.

Jonathan Martin and Amy Chozick write:

WASHINGTON — Donald J. Trump’s campaign on Thursday reaffirmed its extraordinary embrace of Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, signaling a preference for the leadership of an authoritarian adversary over that of America’s own president, despite a cascade of criticism from Democrats and expressions of discomfort among Republicans.

Such talk is a remarkable break from the traditional boundaries of American political speech. And, as with his past provocations, Mr. Trump once again left his fellow Republicans scrambling to defend what many effectively conceded was indefensible.

In a fashion that would have been unheard-of for a Republican during or immediately after the Cold War, Mr. Trump has made improved relations with the Kremlin a centerpiece of his candidacy. And Russia has been a subplot of the campaign that Tom Clancy and John le Carre together may have been unable to conjure, complete with the apparent Russian hack of one of America’s political parties, a threat that Russian hackers may try to tamper with electronic voting machines, and Mr. Putin’s unsubtle preference for Mr. Trump over Mrs. Clinton.

But we have to wonder: Where was The Times before now? Were they calling out Putin’s shameless defenders and apologists?

Not quite:

Oh my. Could it be that the Gray Lady’s suffering from amnesia?



But Trump’s praise for Putin is a bridge too far?

Sorry, NYT, but that’s not how this works.

More food for thought for The New York Times:

Hillary Clinton’s State Department signed off on that one. Oddly enough, Martin and Chozick give dedicate plenty of space to Hillary’s criticism of Trump’s Putin remarks, but they failed to mention Hillary’s own cozy relationship with the Russians.

Gosh. It’s almost as if there’s a double standard at play or something!