Author and commentator Mark Steyn said Democrats in Congress effectively made Russian President Vladimir Putin a "Bond villain" by continuing to accuse them of interference and spying.
"The Democrats turned Putin into a Bond villain: the man with the spider's touch," he said, using a line from 1964's "Goldfinger" theme to recount the way Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) described Putin on Monday,
"They want to believe that they didn't lose the election... that someone stole it from them," Steyn said, calling their drumbeat against Russia "nuts."
He said that the federal investigation into Russia's actions is akin to doing Putin's bidding, by appearing to undermine an American president "more than having some cabinet secretary in [Putin's] pocket would."
Steyn said that despite outward appearances, Russia is more Western than people think.
Taking away a century of Communism, and noting people like Peter Illych Tchaikovsky, Alexander Pushkin and Sergei Rachmaninoff, Steyn said it is effectively the "prodigal child of Western civilization."
He said the idea that America should turn Russia into a sworn enemy is "idiotic," calling Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan more dangerous than Putin.
If President Trump's "Make America Great Again" plan does not conflict with Putin's plan to make Russia strong again, America should act more strategically toward the Kremlin, he said.