This tactic of whataboutism has been around since the Cold War ( according to the Wikipedia article ) Now , you read that President Trump practices this tactic of propaganda as well as Russians like Vladimir Putin. Is it possible to defend President Trump without using Whataboutism? Is it possible to support President Trump with facts , highlighting the President's accomplishments without referencing someone else that is not President? Is it possible to speak of and focus on the advancements President Trump has made , and let that stand? Personally , I see those that follow President Trump blindly as meaning well but , a variety of snowflake. By constantly bringing up anyone else when President Trump is opposed or criticized , it weakens the President's public stance. Unlike any other President before him , President Trump follows the people that support him and what they want. While being a leader , he responds to his supporters - if you have all these snowflakey supporters of President Trump crying about spilled milk , it's where the President will go too. It's also a waste. He won the election in 2016. Crying about who didn't win and/or who used to be President is useless to where we should be leading our current President to focus his energy. ___________________________________________ From Wikipedia "Whataboutism" article Use by Donald Trump Critics say that U.S. President Donald Trump has engaged in whataboutism in response to criticism leveled at him, his policies, or his support of controversial world leaders. National Public Radio (NPR) reported, "President Trump has developed a consistent tactic when he's criticized: say that someone else is worse." NPR noted Trump chose to criticize the Affordable Care Act when he himself faced criticism over the proposed American Health Care Act of 2017, "Instead of giving a reasoned defense, he went for blunt offense, which is a hallmark of whataboutism."NPR noted similarities in use of the tactic by Putin and Trump, "it's no less striking that while Putin's Russia is causing the Trump administration so much trouble, Trump nevertheless often sounds an awful lot like Putin." When criticized or asked to defend his behavior, Trump has frequently changed the subject by criticizing Hillary Clinton, the Obama Administration, and the Affordable Care Act. When asked about Russian human rights violations, Trump has shifted focus to the U.S. itself, employing whataboutism tactics similar to those used by Russian President Vladimir Putin. After Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and MSNBC host Joe Scarborough called Putin a killer, Trump responded by saying that the U.S. government was also guilty of killing people. Garry Kasparov commented to Columbia Journalism Review on Trump's use of whataboutism: "Moral relativism, 'whataboutism,' has always been a favorite weapon of illiberal regimes. For a US president to employ it against his own country is tragic." Mother Jones compared Trump's use of whataboutism to Putin, and consulted Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs Russian scholar Dmitry Dubrovsky for his analysis.Dubrovsky noted usage of the tactic by Trump and Putin, as well as by Marine Le Pen, as a way "to destroy the democratic values of the truth."Mother Jones wrote, "In Trump’s version of whataboutism, he repeatedly takes a word leveled in criticism against him and turns it back on his opponents—sidestepping the accusation and undercutting the meaning of the word at the same time."