Marine Le Pen — not normalized

Marine Le Pen — not normalized, by Paul Mirengoff.

A few days ago, I wrote of Marine Le Pen:

“Even if Le Pen trounces Macron in the debate, she’s unlikely to defeat him in the election. . .But Le Pen can achieve much even in defeat. To use the American left’s term, she can be “normalized.”

“Actually, I find Le Pen pretty normal for a politician. . .The views Le Pen expresses don’t strike me as abnormal given the situation in France. My concern is that the views she holds may mirror the racist and anti-Semitic views of her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen.”

The author, an American, takes exception to Le Pen’s views on Russia:

Today, I write to confess error. Marine Le Pen is not normal. The main problem is not her father’s views, which she may or may not share. It is her views — including the ones she has expressed during the current presidential campaign.

Le Pen’s views on Russia are a prime example. Le Pen has advocated an end to sanctions against Russia. She has expressed her approval of Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

Her relationship with Vladimir Putin closely resembles the one the Democrats impute, without evidence, to President Trump. She met with Putin in Russia, where Putin praised her for representing a “fast-growing element” of European politics.

For her part, Le Pen addressed Russia’s lower house of parliament, the Duma. She vowed to push for the “blacklists” of targeted Russians — an important sanction against Russia for its aggression — to be abolished.

Le Pen also said that Russia and France should work together to save the world from globalism and Islamic fundamentalism.

But Trump’s views on Russia are “normal”:

Compare Le Pen’s approach to Russia with Trump’s. Candidate Trump did not go to Russia. To my knowledge, he never endorsed the annexation of Crimea or called for the elimination of sanctions on Russia. As president, he has done nothing to remove or loosen the sanctions.

Trump’s statements about Russia — that Putin is a strong leader and that he would like to have good relations with Putin if possible — are within the normal range. The first statement is indisputable. The second is a vague expression of aspiration.

Does the anti-Russia climate in the US rule out her views of Russia?

Le Pen’s statements are abnormal and ill-advised. Russia is a force for evil in the world and for chaos in Europe.