Brittney Griner, the WNBA star and woman who was stuck in a Russian prison for most of the 2022 year was recently released into American custody in a prisoner swap for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout. All this done while US Marine Paul Whelan has been detained in Russia for over four years.
The trade has received a large amount of criticism as America released an arms dealer convicted of supplying weapons used in the killing of Americans for a LGBTQ+ woman who plays basketball. Fox News contributor and Outkick host Tomi Lahren couldn’t hold her tongue and blasted the Biden administration for the questionable decision.
Lahren began saying “The Biden Administration compromised our national security by releasing a Russian arms dealer nicknamed the merchant of death, all to get back WNBA player Brittney Griner who hates- or at least hated- America. As an American, I want to see all Americans return home safely and securely. That’s why I also find it odd that former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan — another prisoner stranded in Russia — was passed over!”
“I guess it pays to be a celebrity who plays sports. Regardless of how I feel, the deal is done. Now, my only hope is that Brittney Griner will return home to the USA — the greatest nation on the face of the earth, with a heart full of gratitude, legs ready to stand for the anthem, and lungs ready to belt out that Star Spangled Banner- and from the rooftops,” Lahren continued.
“I hope she’s learned that the nation she once found so reprehensible and oppressive is not only her saving grace but a damn good place to call home. She- like the rest of us- is privileged to be an American. Welcome home, Brittney, and God bless America. Am I right?” Lahren concluded.
Griner was held in Russia for 294 days after being arrested and sentenced to nine years in prison for possessing cannabis oil cartridges that are illegal in the country.
In the summer of 2021 when Griner was arrested in Russia, Lahren explained what happened to the WNBA star in an Outkick video saying “Last week, she pleaded guilty in a Russian court on charges of bringing vape cartridges containing oils derived from cannabis through a Moscow airport. If you’re wondering, yeah, that’s illegal.”
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