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Biden Calls Putin a 'Crazy SOB'        02/22 06:27

   

   SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- During a fundraiser for his reelection campaign 
Wednesday night, President Joe Biden called Russian President Vladimir Putin a 
"crazy SOB" and took aim at former President Donald Trump's comments comparing 
himself to the Russian opposition leader who died last week in an Arctic prison.

   Biden was talking about climate change when he said, "We have a crazy SOB 
like Putin and others, and we always have to worry about nuclear conflict, but 
the existential threat to humanity is climate."

   Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented by saying that Biden's "churlish" 
remark could hardly hurt Putin but was a "huge shame" for the U.S. "Clearly, 
Mr. Biden behaves in the Hollywood cowboy style to serve internal political 
interests," Peskov said.

   Speaking to donors at a private San Francisco home Wednesday as part of a 
three-day California swing to raise money for his 2024 reelection campaign, 
Biden also said he was astounded by recent comments made by his likely 
Republican challenger.

   Trump compared the suspicious prison death of Russian opposition leader 
Alexei Navalny to his own legal troubles in the U.S. Trump was fined $350 
million after a New York judge found he lied for years about his wealth on 
financial statements in his companies. Trump said the ruling was a form of 
"communism or fascism."

   "Some of the things that this fellow's been saying, like he's comparing 
himself to Navalny and saying that -- because our country's become a communist 
country, he was persecuted, just like Navalny was persecuted. I don't know 
where the hell this comes from," Biden said.

   "I mean, if I stood here 10, 15 years ago and said any of this, you'd all 
think I should be committed," he said. "It astounds me."

   "I've been around a long time and I've never quite seen a crowd like this 
MAGA Republican crowd," Biden added, referring to Trump's "Make America Great 
Again" slogan. "They seem to have very little moral compass on what is 
important to people."

   During a campaign fundraiser in Beverly Hills on Tuesday night, Biden 
highlighted his efforts to help middle-class Americans and warned that a win in 
November for Trump could lead to a nationwide abortion ban, more Republican 
efforts to undo the health insurance program started during President Barack 
Obama's administration and more policies that would disproportionately help the 
wealthy.

 
 
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