Navalny is a far-right Russian nationalist. And not in a good, heart-warming “I oppose globalism and love my culture” way but in a “throwing sieg heils and calling swarthy ladies black-ass monkeys” way. Really disgusting stuff, OK?
Navalny is also a fearless dissident who is hated by Putin.
Navalny is hated by Putin because Putin is a globalist. Putin has been killing Russian nationalists dead for 20 years. I don’t like Russian nationalists because they are into Hitler. I don’t like Putin either.
But assuming that two groups you don’t like have to be on the same side is pure projection. So is assuming that two groups you do like must be on the same side. Russian nationalists and Putin have no idea who you are. Their relationship isn’t contingent on your emotions.
I’ll let everybody to figure out from all this why standing up for Navalny and trying to punish Putin for poisoning him would be a… bizarre thing to do for the Trump administration. I absolutely want the guy to survive. I want everybody to survive. But he’s been sieg-heiling it through life, and you’ve got to be dotty to want to go to war with Russia over this.
But yes, Putin absolutely poisoned Navalny. Not the first, not the last.