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    Right-Boosting Russia Draws the Line at Nazis

    They hate those guys. The Kremlin had long played along with President Trump’s extreme rhetoric as he lionized Vladimir Putin — meanwhile cultivating the American right’s faith-based, family-oriented, anti-immigrant agenda. But Trump’s failure to instinctively condemn Charlottesville’s swastika-toting marchers crossed a bright red line. Defeating Hitler’s Germany as 27 million Soviet citizens died is a key pillar of national pride, and Russian media has expressed dismay over the president’s equivocation. While relations had already soured, indulging the ghosts of fascism may forever taint Moscow’s favorite U.S. leader.

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