MSNBC’s Wallace claims Jan. 6 made invading Ukraine ‘easier for Vladimir Putin’

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MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace is disingenuously claiming that the January 6 protest made it easier for Russian President Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine despite the fact that the dictator had besieged the satellite country under the Obama and Biden administrations, but not under that of former President Donald Trump.

Wallace made her argument during a segment on Monday where she referred to remarks by former National Security Council adviser Fiona Hill who contends that Putin would have been emboldened to invade Ukraine if Trump had succeeded in maintaining power after the Jan. 6 protest took place. Hill asserted that Putin would have viewed the U.S. as “no different from any other country in the world that just had a coup.”

The MSNBC talking head then alluded to the opinions of “some experts” who think that the political rift exposed that day “solidified Vladimir Putin’s ambitions to go to war in Ukraine, because even though Trump had not succeeded, Putin saw a window of opportunity in January 6 to strike while America wrestled with its own deep conflicts.”

MSNBC legal analyst Daniel Goldman was in full agreement with Hill, calling Jan. 6 a “triggering moment” that “opened the door” for Putin to invade Ukraine because of perceived instability within the U.S.

“What Fiona, I think, puts into undeniable and uncomfortable reality for Republicans is that everything about January 6 made everything about invading Ukraine easier for Vladimir Putin,” Wallace commented to Puck News correspondent Julia Ioffe. “And I remember the first time I heard Vladimir Putin say Ashli Babbitt’s name. I thought, ‘Why is he talking about Ashli Babbitt?’ Just talk about how January 6 is this, it’s almost like a record on repeat in Russia.”

Ioffe notably pushed back at the assertion that January 6 was the “deciding moment” for Putin to invade Ukraine. She wasn’t defending Trump, instead, she attempted to straddle the political fence on the issue citing Trump’s first impeachment and then Biden’s catastrophic withdrawal from Afghanistan. She claimed that all of that hot mess contributed to Putin seeing the U.S. as being unreliable as a partner to geopolitical allies and that “we were too busy chasing our own tails internally.”

Wallace, who hosts “Deadline: White House,” appears to be obsessed with all things Trump and eagerly covers anything to do with January 6. Her coverage of President Biden’s missteps is meager by comparison.

According to Fox News, “A Grabien transcript search found the word ‘Trump’ was uttered on the show 11,668 times from Jan. 20, 2021, when Biden succeeded Trump, to Dec. 30, 2021. As for Biden, his name was mentioned just 4,710 times, nearly 2.5 times less often on Wallace’s program, which airs weekdays from 4-6 p.m. ET and features a mixture of reporters and left-leaning pundits.”

“The word ‘insurrection’ was said on ‘Deadline: White House’ 2,260 times, an average of nine times per show, according to Grabien, while ‘January 6th’ was mentioned 2,852 times, including more than 800 times in November and December combined. In all but five weeks last year, Wallace’s show led off at least one program with references to or direct news about the Jan. 6 attack. Only major news stories like the Derek Chauvin murder trial, the chaotic Afghanistan troop pullout, or significant COVID-19 updates could take Wallace away from her preferred story of the day,” the media outlet noted.

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