Political science professor and author Dr. Paul Kengor joined The Glenn Beck Program on Wednesday to discuss his latest article for Conservative Review: Will Trump’s relationship with Russia be more like Obama or Reagan?
"I think, Paul, that we are at a point now where it is very possible we may be the Soviet Union 1990, and Putin may be playing the role of Thatcher or Ronald Reagan or Pope John Paul," Glenn suggested.
Putin's role, however, is not that of the good guy triumphing over evil. Rather, his manipulation is nefarious and includes a plan for either a Clinton or Trump presidency, regardless of the election's outcome. According to Dr. Kengor, the Russians see this as a ripe opportunity they haven't seen in decades.
"In Trump, it's painfully clear, obviously clear to them right now, that if you simply praise the man or make him think that you like him, you can probably play him like a fiddle," Kengor said, calling the Russians "masters" of psychologically profiling foreign leaders.
And a Clinton White House, corrupt to the core, would be prone to blackmail.
"So, Paul, which one is worse?" Glenn asked.
"This is what we come down to, right? Ben Sasse said 'the great dumpster fire election of 2016.' You don't really have a good choice. You've got Trump with a horrible naiveté towards the Russians then you have Hillary Clinton with altogether different problems," Kangor said.
Unfortunately, neither Trump nor Clinton have the ace card held by Ronald Reagan that invoked fear in Soviet leaders: principles.
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Featured Image: L to R: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images); Kremlin.ru/Wikimedia Commons; Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivers remarks during the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)