Russian leader Vladimir Putin is taking a starkly different approach to moral values from leaders in Washington.
While Democrats like Vice President Kamala Harris have declared that “transgender rights are human rights,” Putin is reportedly making clear that he’s of a different mindset, offering a vastly different take that shows how mismatched values could throw a wrench in U.S. diplomacy with Russia as Dems continue their hold on D.C.
Putin speaks his mind
According to a report first published by Gen Z Conservative, Russian state-run media outlets have said Putin addressed the topic of gender at a recent event.
“I adhere to that traditional approach that a woman is a woman and a man is a man,” the Russian leader reportedly said. “A mother is a mother, a father is a father. And I hope that our society has the internal moral protection dictated by the traditional religious denominations of the Russian Federation.”
Asked about new Western “morals,” Putin spoke of treating “others with respect.”
“That also means treating the foundations of our traditional spiritual culture with respect. All the peoples of the Russian Federation, I would like to stress, all of them have a certain internal moral protection against this obscurantism that you’ve just mentioned,” he added, according to the reports.
“If somebody thinks that a woman and a man are the same thing, they’re welcome to [their opinion], but a certain common sense should exist,” Putin added.
At odds with Washington
Meanwhile, Harris and others in her party have repeatedly expressed the opposite position. In fact, Politico reported in 2019 that Harris, then a U.S. senator representing California, had expressed her support for adding a third gender option on federal identification cards.
More recently, the VP marked the International Transgender Day of Visibility in a tweet at the end of March.
We see you, and we will always stand up for you.
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) March 31, 2021
To be sure, Americans of all walks of life are no less deserving of the exact same rights afforded to everyone else.
But when the government gives special treatment to one group over another, it doesn’t benefit anyone.