Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a state awards ceremony in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, on Sunday, June 12, 2016. Russian scientists, music, theatre and cinema figures were presented with a state awards by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday. (Maxim Shipenkov, Pool Photo via AP)

The Kremlin Says Bill O’Reilly Owes Vladimir Putin an Apology, But Does He?

I haven’t watched any Fox News program in full since the election.

With that being said, if Bill O’Reilly will look into the camera and say, “…And people in Hell want Slurpees,” I will be a devoted watcher of “The O’Reilly Factor” for as long as it exists or I have sight. This I promise.

In a Fox News interview with President Trump, O’Reilly attempted to clear the air, as far as Trump’s seeming admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

O’Reilly described Putin as a “killer,” and he pretty much is.

The ex-KGB agent has been linked to the poisoning of political opponents, and some 30-plus journalists who were critical of Putin’s administration have been killed.

Today, the Kremlin is responding, and they are quite indignant.

“We consider such words from the Fox TV company to be unacceptable and insulting, and honestly speaking, we would prefer to get an apology from such a respected TV company,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call.

I don’t know if they actually expect an apology or if they’re simply trolling.

So far, no word from Fox or O’Reilly, in reference to an apology or Slurpees.

Trump, when commenting on the allegations against Putin in the same interview, questioned how “innocent” the United States itself was, saying it had made a lot of its own mistakes. That irritated some congressional Republicans who said there was no comparison between how Russian and U.S. politicians behaved.

Asked in an interview on Sunday to clarify those comments, Trump told Westwood One Sports Radio: “Well, I don’t have to clarify it. The question was do you respect him — he’s a head of a major country.”

There’s a difference between giving someone the respect due any human being and in drawing a moral equivalence between a brutal despot and the nation you were elected to lead.

I actually don’t believe Trump is oblivious to what has so many citizens, journos, and House Republicans upset about his comments.

He just doesn’t care.

Trump has long harbored a textbook-level man-crush on Putin.

In January last year, after a British judge ruled that Putin had “probably” authorized the murder of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London, Trump said he saw no evidence the Russian president was guilty.

“First of all, he says he didn’t do it. Many people say it wasn’t him. So who knows who did it?” Trump said.

His defense of Putin is one of only a handful of things Trump is consistent about.

Don’t cave, O’Reilly. You were right.

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