During Saturday afternoon’s airing of an interview between Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and President Donald Trump, the host of The O’Reilly Factor, called Russian President Vladimir Putin “a killer.”
Donald Trump quickly responded, “You think we’re so innocent?”
A Russian Spokesman for Putin, Dmitry Peskov was nearly as quick with his request for an apology from Fox News and Bill O’Reilly for the “unacceptable and offensive” remark.
Peskov told reporters, “We would like to receive an apology to the president from this respected organization.”
Trump on the other hand was mocked by old foes about his own comment:
When has a Democratic political activists been poisoned by the GOP, or vice versa? We are not the same as #Putin. MR
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 5, 2017
Vladimir Putin is suspected of ordering the deaths of several Russian critics including the following:
Alexander Litvinenko: A former KGB officer and Putin critic who died a slow death after being poisoned by polonium-210.
Anna Politkovskaya: Russian journalist murdered with a bullet to her head at point blank range. The killers were caught and admitted to being part of a $150,000 contract paid by “a person unknown.”
Natalia Estemirova: Another journalist who worked with Anna Politkovskaya. Natalia was also murdered by a gunshot wound to the head.
Stanislav Markelov: Attorney for Politkovskaya. Murdered near the Kremlin by a masked gunman.
However, Trump’s sarcastic comment about America being “so innocent” should also be weighed heavily by the public and men like Marco Rubio should think twice about the government’s own crimes against its citizens.
Just over a year ago, Robert LaVoy Finicum was gunned down with the help of FBI agents after occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
In 2013, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder admitted that for the first time since the Civil War, the government “targeted and killed” one U.S. citizen, Anwar al-Aulaqi, without a hearing or any due process. While Anwar was allegedly involved in terrorism activities, three other American citizens, including Al-Aulaqi’s 16-year-old son were also killed.
Backing up to 1993, The Federal Bureau of Investigations, lead by Attorney General Janet Reno, raided the home of the Branch Davidians.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms suspected the group and its leader, David Koresh, of violating weapons laws.
Seventy-six people were killed in the raid that left the Davidian’s compound on fire. Of the 76 people killed, 20 were shot, including five children who were under the age of 14.
Twenty-one of those who died during the final raid were children. The youngest were Startle Summers, age 1, Chanel Andrade, age 1, Paiges Gent, age 1, and Hollywood Sylvia, age 1.
While the government claims most of the deaths occurred as a result of “suicide, consensual execution or forced execution,” FLIR footage of the raid shows snipers shooting any person who tried to flee the burning building.
Additionally, a shaped explosive charge was placed over a hardened area of the compound, instantly killing the 41 women and children taking shelter in the concrete-lined room.
While there is little argument over Vladimir Putin’s violent past, President Trump may be correct in pointing out the flaws of recent American history that have yet to be corrected or admitted.