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For Trump, 'We Have a Lot of Killers' Isn't a Criticism

There’s no evidence that the president thinks innocence, or non-violence, are principles to which the United States should aspire.
Source: Carlos Barria / Reuters

In an interview that aired on Sunday, Bill O’Reilly alleged that Vladimir “Putin is a killer.” Donald Trump replied, “We have a lot of killers. Well, you think our country is so innocent?”

Journalists reacted with disbelief. During the Obama administration, conservatives sometimes suggested that, in his heart, President Obama didn’t consider the United States to be morally exceptional. Now Trump is saying so baldly. “I’m trying to imagine your response if President Obama defended the murderous reign of Vladimir

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