Russian Official Blames Navy Yard Shooting on ‘American exceptionalism’

Alexei PushkovAlexei Pushkov, head of the foreign affairs committee of Russia’s parliament, seized on the shooting Monday at the Washington Navy Yard to reiterate long-standing Russian criticisms of the United States.

“Nobody’s even surprised anymore,” he wrote, sarcastically describing the still-ongoing shooting as “A clear confirmation of ‘American exceptionalism.'”

Pushkov is a frequent critic of all things American and a reliable conduit of the official Kremlin line. His tweets on the Navy Yard shooting, flagged and translated by BuzzFeed’s Max Seddon, seemed to echo Russian President Vladimir Putin’s New York Times op-ed arguing that “American exceptionalism” is a dangerous force in the world.

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