Since Joe Biden came into office, his administration has prioritized wokeness over American values, and our enemies are using it to their advantage.
Tuesday’s prisoner swap of WNBA star Brittney Griner for Russia’s ‘Merchant of Death’ Viktor Bout is the latest example of President Joe Biden’s commitment to promoting far-left causes at the expense of the safety and well-being of U.S. citizens.
Our enemies see the one-sided trade deals based on identity politics and no longer respect American power, opening up a world where U.S. citizens are not safe at home or abroad.
After promising that the Biden administration would keep working to free former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan from a Russian prison, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre praised the U.S. on securing the release of “an important role model,” citing Griner’s racial and sexual identity as an influential factor in her rescue.
“On a personal note, Brittney is more than an athlete, more than an Olympian. She is an important role model and inspiration to millions of Americans, particularly the LGBTQI+ Americans and women of color,” Jean-Pierre said.
Karine Jean-Pierre: “Brittney is an important role model, an inspiration to millions of Americans particularly the LGBTQI+ Americans and women of color.” pic.twitter.com/fQdqJvVdWS
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) December 8, 2022
Griner was arrested at a Russian airport Feb. 17 for attempting to enter the country with a vape pen containing cannabis oil, an illegal substance in Russia.
Jean-Pierre’s “role model” was previously arrested in the U.S. in 2015 for a domestic violence incident with then-fiancé Glory Johnson. Johnson’s sister told police officers the two women were fighting so hard that they “couldn’t get them pulled apart.” (RELATED: NBC News Quietly Scrubs Initial Detail On Brittney Griner To Back White House’s Version Of Events)
The White House promoted the trade as a victory for the U.S., without explaining how it keep Americans safe to release a man with “Death” in his name. The narrative that it’s a fair exchange is hard to sell when the other half of the U.S./Russian prisoner swap is the notorious weapons dealer Viktor Bout.
Bout was finally caught after a sting operation in Thailand in 2008 which led to his conviction and subsequent 25-year prison sentence in 2012 for selling millions of dollars worth of weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, to Columbian Marxist terrorists.
At his trial, a secret recording was admitted into evidence that showed Bout knew he was selling weapons that would kill Americans and supported the endeavor, saying “We have the same enemy.”
Former President Donald Trump criticized the decision to trade “one of the biggest arms dealers anywhere in the world,” who is “responsible for tens of thousands of deaths and horrific injuries,” for Griner instead of retired U.S. Marine Paul Whelan.
“The Trump Administration got 58 hostages released from various hostile countries without paying any money, or giving up anything,” Trump said. “That is something, both in numbers and lack of remuneration, that has never been done before in any other administration. The America hating basketball player for the ‘Merchant of Death,’ especially when the former Marine is not even included, is a one-sided disaster, and a BIG WIN FOR RUSSIA. If I made that deal the Dems would chant, RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA!”
Trump’s former National Security Advisor John Bolton, hardly a leader among conservatives after his infamous and brief tenure in the Trump administration, told CBS News that the trade was “a very bad mistake by the Biden administration.”
“This is not a deal. This is not a swap. This is a surrender. And terrorists and rogue states all around the world will take note of this, and it endangers other Americans in the future who can be grabbed and used as bargaining chips by people who don’t have the same morals and scruples that we do,” Bolton said.
The former national security advisor went on to say that, “there are occasions when you swap spies” or “prisoners of war,” but that the Griner/Bout exchange “doesn’t even approximate that.”
“The idea that somehow what Brittney Griner did, very foolishly in my estimate, but that whatever she did compares to Viktor Bout is something that shows just how desperate the administration was to make this deal,” Bolton said. “And I’m just very worried about the effect it has and the danger that it can put many other Americans in, all around the world.”
Bolton said that dealing with the ramifications of allowing Bout to be freed into Russia’s custody was a determining factor in any scenario that would have seen Whelan exchanged, after being “likewise set up by the Russians back in late 2018.” (RELATED: Totally Unscientific Reader Poll Reveals Who Biden Actually Should Have Traded For Brittney Griner)
“But this is a huge victory for Moscow over Washington,” added Bolton. “And it’s the kind of thing that says to terrorists and rogue states and other malign actors who would consider kidnapping or seizing Americans, that we’re willing to trade almost anything to get Americans back. There are other ways to deal with hostage-takers through sanctions and other things, not swaps like this one.”
Russian media wasted no time mocking the Biden administration’s prisoner swap with Russia. Margarita Simonyan, editor-in-chief of RT, announced (through barely disguised laughter ) that Bout “was not exchanged for the heroic spy” because, unlike Griner, he is a straight white man.
“[Whelan] is a hero, a decorated Marine covered in medals. He only has one. No, two. No, three problems. His first problem is that he is white. His second problem is he is a man. His third problem: he is a heterosexual,” the reporter said, according to a confirmed translation. “American voters were given a choice: a hero who suffered while serving his Fatherland … the United States or a black lesbian, hooked on drugs, who suffered for a vape with hashish.”
“A nation that spits on its heroes to the extent that it considers it significantly more important to free a rightfully charged well-known athlete … instead of freeing the person imprisoned for two years for serving his Motherland. This says a lot about the state of this society, of these intelligence agencies,” she added.
Meanwhile in Russia: top state TV propagandists reveal the narrative they’ll be pushing to harm Biden and enrage Americans about the exchange of Brittney Griner for Viktor Bout by falsely claiming that it wasn’t Russia’s decision to oppose Whelan’s release, as opposed to Griner. pic.twitter.com/Iv5217XVCR
— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) December 9, 2022
The Biden administration has repeatedly said that rescuing Whelan was never an option given by the Kremlin. However, a scrubbed NBC report said a senior U.S. official told the outlet that the U.S. government sought to have both Griner and Whelan released as part of the prisoner exchange, but that Russia gave the U.S. a choice between the two Americans and Biden chose Griner.