Online sleuths quick to correct Swalwell’s ‘unsavvy’ spin of Trump’s remarks on Russia invading Ukraine

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An “unsavvy” U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) attempted some selective editing to make ex-President Trump look bad, but internet sleuths quickly corrected the record.

The unrepentant Russia hoaxer shared an incomplete transcript of Trump’s interview on the Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show to claim that “Donald Trump *endorses* Putin’s invasion of a democratic country. This is the leader of the Republican Party.”

The content that Swalwell, a failed 2020 presidential candidate whose campaign for the White House lasted about three months, posted on Twitter ended with Trump describing Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “very savvy” guy whom he knows well.

Several conservative influencers pointed out that wait, there’s more, to borrow a recurring phrase from infomercials.

Swalwell’s rendition was described as “a blatant lie. Swalwell cut off Trump’s full remarks.”

Trump, whose refreshing communication style is unlike a typical politician and sometimes, however, results in controversy or unforced errors, went on to say that in the omitted portion that the “unthinkable” incursion or invasion would never have happened when he, Trump, was in office.

He criticized President Biden for not responding initially to the looming crisis and described the current situation as “very sad.”

During the approximately half-hour interview that took place at Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday and that covered numerous topics, Trump also recalled how he got along well with “tough cookie” Vladimir Putin and added that he repeatedly warned Putin against invading Ukraine.

Putin “is acting a little differently, I think, now,” Trump noted. “I think he sees this opportunity.”

“Take the five worst presidents in history of our country, combine them, and I don’t think they’ve done the damage that this administration has done,” he separately remarked during the conversation, which also includes domestic economic woes.

Trump also alluded to the fact that Putin annexed Crimea during the Obama/Biden administration and has designs on Ukraine under the Biden/Harris regime.

Others are also weighing in on Swalwell’s cherry-picked handiwork, including Real Clear Investigations writer Mark Hemingway who similarly observed that “No, Trump did not endorse the invasion — Swalwell cut off the rest of Trump’s remarks where he said it was ‘very sad.'”


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