If Republicans want to attack alleged American weakness, that’s fine with me. That attack is far preferable to their idolizing of Vladimir Putin and his stooge, Donald Trump. This is what happened today, as reported by National Review’s Jay Nordlinger:
“At the America First Political Action Conference, Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Republican congresswoman from Georgia, was the star speaker. The No. 2 star, probably, was the conference’s leader, Nick Fuentes. In the course of his talk, he said, “Can we give a round of applause for Russia?” His audience responded with tumultuous applause. Some started to chant “Putin, Putin.” Fuentes responded, “Absolutely, absolutely.” The atmosphere was totally beer hall. Fuentes also said, “The United States government has become the evil empire in the world.” Great applause. He further said, “The United States government has become the ‘Great Satan,’ as many have called it.” “And now they’re going on about Russia and ‘Vladimir Putin is Hitler’ and . . . and they say it’s not a good thing, and . . . I shouldn’t have said that . . .” From the audience, big laughs.”
Why do Trump supporters idolize Putin? It is because they are white nationalists. They revere Putin because of Russia’s racial whiteness, restrictions on immigration, intolerance of racial minorities, brutality toward LGBT+ persons, and authoritarianism.
Are there SDAs who are white nationalists? Yes. Many of them write for Fulcrum7. It may seem jarring going to an SDA-related website and expecting to read something about Christianity only to find an essay that glorifies Russia and Putin, [The Russia Threat, 05/08/19], but if you enjoy having your sensibilities assaulted, that essay is on that website for your review, written by a white nationalist, Replacement Theorist, disciple of Trump, and anti-Semite who very much sympathizes with the Neo-Nazi chant at Charlottesville: “Jews will not replace us.”
I side with Ukraine. If this war might cause some in our faith community to appropriately repent and pivot to less odious positions, again, that’s fine with me.