US POLITICS

Who Said It: Putin Or Trump?

The macho BFFLs have even more in common than you think

US POLITICS
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Dec 21, 2015 at 1:45 PM ET

Donald Trump’s bromance with judo warrior and authoritarian playboy Vladimir Putin continues to flourish as the two stroke each other’s egos from across the Bering Sea.

After months of Trump touting his kinship with the Russian president, Putin finally came out to the world about his appreciation for the Republican presidential frontrunner, calling Trump “an outstanding and talented personality” and “an absolute leader.” Trump returned Putin’s kind words by saying, hey, Putin’s not that bad—and besides, there’s no proof that he has killed any journalists.

The public display of affection disgusted many prominent GOP figures. On Twitter, Mitt Romney challenged Trump’s assertion that Obama is worse than Putin, and the John Kasich campaign made a fake website for a Trump-Putin 2016 campaign.

Despite the backlash, the lovefest between these two champions of unapologetic machismo will likely escalate. And it’s not just because the relationship is resonating with many Trump supporters; they also seem to have a lot in common. In fact, many of their statements on topics like terrorism and the role of women are strikingly similar. See if you can tell the difference.