Saturday on CNN Newsroom, Democrat consultant and political commentator James Carville smeared those who opposed the release of Russian arms dealer Viktor “Merchant of Death” Bout in exchange for former WNBA star Brittney Griner are driven by racism and homophobia.
“A lot of this, like a lot of things in America, are driven by the fact that this young person is not white and is not straight,” he said, adducing no evidence. He had nothing to say about the fact that it was precisely because Griner is black and lesbian that the Biden administration traded a terrorist for her and not for the white, straight former Marine who has been held unjustly in Russia since 2018.
Carville also declared that anyone who did not believe that is “not in tune with American politics.”
“I’m sorry this is something that just has to be said,” he said. “In fact, another thing I’d make is most of the people that are criticizing this, not all, are pro-Putin [and] anti-Ukraine,” he said — again without providing an example or evidence.
Many took to social media to slam the cadaverous crank’s ugly smears.
“We the conservatives are not judging the situation on race and sexual preference; however, the left cannot look beyond that,” wrote one Twitter user.
“It’s pro-Putin to not want him to get a weapons smuggler back? Lmao,” wrote another.
“I think the Putin lovers give him his top arms dealer back,” another agreed.
“The real bigotry involves unleashing the ‘Merchant of Death’ on the rest of the world to free a lawbreaker because she is at the top of the ‘intersectional hierarchy,’” another user wrote.
“This is a completely backwards take,” wrote another. “Anybody who is pro-Russia ABSOLUTELY LOVES this trade.”