President-elect Donald Trump seems to be assembling a vicious team of Russia-loving bigots who would go to any absurd length to defend the country against various allegations, including its well-documented history on human rights abuses.
Case in point: California congressman and potential candidate for secretary of state in Trump’s administration Dana Rohrabacher recently got into a bizarrely contentions exchange with Yahoo News and Finance anchor Bianna Golodryga.
During a wide-ranging interview with Golodryga, Rohrabacher confidently claimed the U.S. cooperating with Russia is a good thing and that China is not our friend. However, he completely lost his cool when the reporter brought up Russia’s alleged human rights abuses.
“Oh, baloney — where do you come from?” Rohrabacher suddenly exclaimed. “How can you say that?”
When Golodryga, an American citizen, informed him that she immigrated to the United States from the former Soviet Union as a political refugee, the congressman retorted, “Oh, well then that’s good, then the audience knows that you are biased.”
This is a REMARKABLE exchange between Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who is trying to become Secretary of State, and a Yahoo anchor: pic.twitter.com/u7YFxCgLdd— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) December 8, 2016
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “favorite U.S. congressman” also had an issue with comparing China to Russia.
“I said they are both human rights abusers. How am I wrong?” Golodryga persisted, pointing out that Russia is accused of murdering journalists.
“OK, look. I’ll let the public decide with that last comment where you are coming from,” Rohrabacher responded. “The bottom line is what’s good for America is to prioritize.”
As if that was not enough, later in the conversation Rohrabacher, who was a speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan and once arm-wrestled Putin at a Washington, D.C. bar in the 1990s, drew comparison between the current Russian president and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
No, you cannot make this up.
Watch the video above for the complete back-and-forth.