Every day Donald Trump inches closer to a 2024 presidential campaign.
Democrats continue to grow more alarmed that Trump will emerge victorious.
And Donald Trump grinned from ear to ear when he saw the results of one shocking poll.
Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine and annexed Crimea in 2014 when Joe Biden was vice president.
From 2017 to 2021 Vladimir Putin did not invade Ukraine when Donald Trump served as president.
But shortly after Joe Biden took office Putin began mobilizing troops along Ukraine’s border.
And on February 24 Putin launched an invasion of Ukraine.
The night Putin ordered his forces into Ukraine, Donald appeared on Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show and declared that if he was president Putin never would have invaded Ukraine.
“This is something that should have never happened,” Trump told Ingraham. “This would not have happened during my administration. In fact, some people were saying, why didn’t this take place over the past four years during my administration? And it didn’t for a very good reason. I’ll explain that to you someday. But it wouldn’t have taken place, and it wouldn’t have taken place right now. It’s a very sad thing for the world, the country, and it is certainly sad for a lot of people that are going to be needlessly killed.”
Polling data shows the public agrees.
A new Harvard-Harris poll found that 62 percent of Americans – including 38 percent of Democrats – do not believe Russia would have invaded Ukraine if Trump was still president.
“A new Harvard Center for American Political Studies (CAPS)-Harris Poll survey released Friday found that 62 percent of those polled believed Putin would not be moving against Ukraine if Trump had been president. When looking strictly at the answers of Democrats and Republicans, 85 percent of Republicans and 38 percent of Democrats answered this way,” The Hill reports.
The Harvard poll provided another data point showing the public blamed Joe Biden for creating this crisis as nearly 60 percent of Americans believe Putin saw weakness in Biden spurring him to order the invasion of Ukraine.
“A majority of Americans polled — 59 percent — also said they believed that the Russian president moved on Ukraine because Putin saw weakness in President Biden, while 41 percent said that it was not a factor in Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine,” The Hill also reported.
Joe Biden botched the withdrawal from Afghanistan and now saw Putin walk all over him and invade Ukraine.
If Donald Trump runs for president again in 2024 the race could turn into a compare and contrast between Trump’s four years in office and Biden’s.
And on the issue of Russian aggression – which could define the foreign policy debate in the 2024 election – polling data shows Donald Trump would start with an advantage over Joe Biden.
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