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Video of Donald Trump supporter saying they’d vote for Putin goes viral

A video of a Donald Trump supporter saying she would vote for Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of this year’s 2024 election has recently gone viral on social media.

President Joe Biden and Trump each won a series of primary elections last month to become their party’s presumptive presidential nominees, sparking a likely rematch of the 2020 election.

On Sunday, in a post on X, formerly Twitter, user “Republicans against Trump” shared a video from TikTok user The Good Liars showing a man asking a Trump supporter who she would vote for if Putin was running for president against Biden.

In the video, posted last month to TikTok, the woman responded by saying she would vote for Putin, “I don’t think Putin is as bad as people want to…Putin wants to go back to good morality.”

This Trump supporter says she would vote for Putin over Biden:“Hell yeah!… Putin wants to go back to good morality.” ♂️

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— Republicans against Trump (@RpsAgainstTrump) April 7, 2024

While the original video on TikTok garnered 84,000 views, the reemergence of the video on X on Sunday has already gained over 340,000 views.

This is not the first time a Trump supporter saying they would vote for Putin for president has garnered attention. In 2022, The Good Liars posted a video to TikTok that showed a Trump supporter being asked who she would rather have be president, Biden or Putin. The Trump supporter responded by saying, “Putin, definitely.”

Newsweek has reached out to Trump and Biden’s campaign via email for comment.

Meanwhile, a February 2022 poll from Yahoo News/YouGov found a significant majority of Americans agree that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was not justified, but that Republicans are more likely to hold an unfavorable view of Biden than they are of Putin.

Seventy-four percent of the over 1,500 U.S. adults surveyed from February 24 to 27 said the invasion was not justified. And 95 percent of those who said they voted for Trump in 2020 held an unfavorable view of Biden, compared to 78 percent who said the same about Putin.

The poll came as the escalation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has also led more Americans across the political spectrum to support Ukraine, with 57 percent expressing their desire for the United States to intervene in the conflict and 25 percent who feel the U.S. should remain neutral.

Just 44 percent of Republicans polled said it would be in the best interest of the U.S. to side with Ukraine and stop Russia’s invasion compared to 66 percent of Democrats who said the same. Overall, the poll showed that while a growing number of Republicans dislike Putin and approve of the sanctions levied by Biden and other countries, it hasn’t changed their overall feelings toward Biden as a president.

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Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally on April 2 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. A video of a Trump supporter saying she would vote for Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of this year’s 2024…
Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally on April 2 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. A video of a Trump supporter saying she would vote for Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of this year’s 2024 election has recently gone viral on social media. Scott Olson/Getty Images

While Biden’s approval rating and policies related to inflation, crime, immigration and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza have drawn consistent scrutiny from conservatives, the president has had a surge in recent polls. Eight separate polls published in March showed promising numbers for Biden, including leads or stalemates in consequential battleground states including Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

However, Biden and Trump remain locked in a closely fought battle to win the popular vote in November’s presidential election.

An Emerson College poll of 1,438 registered voters conducted from April 2 to 3 put Trump at 43 percent against 42 percent for Biden and 8 percent for independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. In a straight head-to-head with all other candidates and undecided voters removed, Trump had 51 percent of the vote against 49 percent for Biden. However, among very likely voters, Biden is ahead 51 to 49, said Spencer Kimball, executive director of Emerson College Polling.

Meanwhile, the former president has recently sparked backlash after saying he would “encourage” Putin to do “whatever the hell” he wants to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members that insufficiently contribute financially to the military alliance.

In a speech in South Carolina in February, Trump appeared to recall a conversation with an unnamed politician he described as “one of the presidents of a big country” and added that the anonymous leader had asked whether the United States would protect the NATO nation if Russia attacked.

“I said, ‘You didn’t pay, you’re delinquent?'” the former president told the crowd. “In fact, I would encourage them to do whatever the hell they want. You got to pay. You got to pay your bills.”

Biden has since slammed Trump’s comments on NATO as he previously called it “dumb” and “shameful” while speaking at the White House in February.

“The worst thing is, he means it. No other president in our history has ever bowed down to a Russian dictator. Let me say this as clearly as I can: I never will. For God’s sake, it’s dumb, it’s shameful, it’s dangerous. It’s un-American,” he said.

Trump has since continued to double down on his comments taking aim at Biden’s State of the Union address writing on Truth Social, “Putin only invaded Ukraine, because he has no respect for Biden. Would have never happened under the Trump Administration, and for four years it didn’t happen!”

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Natalie Venegas

Natalie Venegas is a Weekend Reporter at Newsweek based in New York. Her focus is reporting on education, social justice issues, healthcare, crime and politics while specializing on marginalized and underrepresented communities. Before joining Newsweek in 2023, Natalie worked with news publications including Adweek, Al Día and Austin Monthly Magazine. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s in journalism. You can get in touch with Natalie by emailing n.venegas@newsweek.com

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