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Trump Voters Not Worried About Trump-Russia Links (Video)

| by Michael Allen

A group of Trump voters expressed no concern on March 31 about the reported links between the Russian government and President Donald Trump's team (video below).

CNN's Alisyn Camerota asked the six Trump supporters: "How many of you are concerned about the Russian implications and allegations that you've heard?"

None of the supporters spoke up.

"Why aren't you worried about any possible ties between the Trump team and Russia?" Camerota followed up.

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Sara Marie Brenner, a former Delaware County Chairman for the Trump campaign, offered a defense for team Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin:

Because that's what they are supposed to do during campaigning. Dozens of diplomats who meet with senators and congressmen. A lot of people misunderstood, I think, when Trump compliments Putin. You might respect them just because of what they've been able to accomplish.

And if you look at Putin, even if we don't agree with what he does, as far as his agenda, he's done a pretty good job of accomplishing it in Russia. But people on the left have misconstrued that as meaning as Trump wants to be like Putin.

According to Human Rights Watch, Russia, under Putin, cracked down on human rights in 2015, and "intensified harassment and persecution of independent critics."

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Russia banned so-called "undesirable foreign organizations" and threatened its own citizens with jail time and fines if they had ties with "undesirables."

Political opposition leaders were assassinated and jailed in Russia, noted Human Rights Watch.

Russian authorities cracked down on LGBT rights rallies under the country's "propaganda" law, and Russia continued to support armed rebels in eastern Ukraine.

Tens of thousands of disabled children reportedly cannot go to school and end up staying at home, isolated, while hundreds of thousands of disabled Russians are living in closed institutions.

Back with the Trump voters, ​Josh Youssef said the U.S. has "Russiaphobia in place from the Cold War or something" while, at the same time, the U.S. uses electronic surveillance on its own citizens through the National Security Agency and points fingers at other countries.

"When was the last time Russia actually did something terrible to the United States?" Youssef asked.

Camerota asked if former President Ronald Reagan "suffered from Russiaphobia."

Brenner insisted "that was a totally different time."

Camerota asked the group if any of them thought Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election. One man said, "Possibly."

Toni Dibartolo said: "I think that we have to be very careful with Russia. I feel that there should be mutual respect between the United States and Russia. I am concerned, but I think we should just listen to history in regards to Russia as far as walk softly and carry a big stick."

Sources: CNN, Human Rights Watch / Photo credit: Tommy Herschede/Flickr

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