One of the benefits of having a President with something of a checkered past, personally, is that he doesn’t pretend to be our moral superior. He’s obviously a deeply flawed man, with an inner insecurity that drives his furious energy. But he really doesn’t pretend to be anything other than he is.
This is why, if you can ignore his boorish boasting, he’s so refreshing. and effective. His congratulatory call to Putin is deplored by all his moral superiors. He ignores them, and advances the interests of his country by dealing directly with our only real nuclear rival. The man’s a brutal dictator, as shown recently in London. But he speaks for Russia, and we must speak with him.
Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.