See Evan McMullin, “Republicans are risking becoming the party of Putin,” Washington Post, June 28, 2017 (6:33 PM).
Evan McMullin is a former CIA operations officer who ran as an independent candidate in the 2016 presidential election. He is co-founder of the nonprofit Stand Up Republic.
In his article, McMulling recites the startling shift toward pro-Russian sentiment among Republican voters that has occurred in the last two years. He writes,
Republican voter opinions, which are becoming alarmingly more pro-Russian. According to a Morning Consult-Politico poll conducted in May, 49 percent of Republican voters consider Russia to be either an ally or friendly. Only 12 percent consider it an enemy. In 2015, only 12 percent of Republicans held a favorable view of Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to Gallup. As of February, that figure had jumped to 32 percent.
These poll numbers are alarming, and suggest that Vladimir Putin and Russia, through their support of Trump and other measures, have already made great inroads in influencing Republican voters and the policies of the United States.
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