It’s pretty courageous, actually, of MSNBC’s Katy Tur to share on air her conviction that Donald Trump will silence his mainstream media critics by exercising the final solution. If I were Tur, I might be worried that I would have moved my name to the top of the list by blowing the whistle on this deadly practice in advance.
Tur was interviewing Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer , a Republican, when she shared her fears:
As we know, there’s, since 2000, been a couple dozen suspicious deaths of journalists in Russia who came out against the government there. Donald Trump has made no secret about going after journalists and his distaste for any news that doesn’t agree with him here. Do you find that this is a dangerous path he is heading down?
It was quite a leap, but for MSNBC it was pretty much business as usual.
Fischer deserves some credit, too, for quickly steering the conversation back to sanity and attempting to explain her view of the U.S. government’s position on Vladimir Putin in the context of Trump’s seeming overtures:
I know that Putin is a thug and … so he is going to continue to be belligerent; he is going to continue to be aggressive. I’ve led a codel [congregational delegation] to Eastern Europe; I led a codel to Estonia, the Czech Republic, and Romania. And we have a very full understanding of who Vladimir Putin is. And he is not a friend of the United States.
It’s up to President Trump to establish relationships with foreign leaders, but also to recognize them for who they are. And I believe that President Trump will recognize, or does recognize right now, who Putin is. And he will develop that relationship and he will know how to confront him.
Here’s the video: