Take a look at the 6 times Donald Trump made statements in support of foreign dictators, including the violence they used on unarmed citizens.
Trump may have never even been in a fistfight before (except the one in second grade where he punched his teacher) but the Republican nominee is apparently not afraid to inflict violence on others as long as he isn’t the one getting dirty. Though he has said, “I’d like to punch him in the face,” about random people at his rallies, Trump has resolved to fighting his battles by using words such as “weak” to describe his competitors or filing lawsuits.
This is all in an effort to demean those that dare to even disagree with him, and at this point in time, he is just a real estate mogul with no power over the country. Many wonder what he would do if he were to become commander-in-chief over the United States military and how he will deal with dictators from other countries.
When speculating as to how he will respond, Trump’s past remarks are cause for concern. While it’s understandable that a leader would not speak out against the use of force in commandeering other nations (not that we approve of that either), Trump seems to be in favor of violence within our own nation as a way of keeping the country under his rule.
Several of his more popular statements have suggested this and even his actions, or lack thereof, speak volumes of his willingness to allow violence to promote power. For example, he allowed protestors at his rallies to be harassed and physically abused by his own supporters, and sometimes, his own security.
In the following slideshow are quotes from Trump regarding dictators of foreign countries and his show of support for their actions or methods. While you’re reading through his statements, ask yourself, “Is this the person I want leading my country?”
“He was a bad guy — really bad guy. But you know what? He did well? He killed terrorists. He did that so good. They didn’t read them the rights. They didn’t talk. They were terrorists.”
Donald Trump said this at a rally last week in North Carolina and was rightfully met with a lot of backlash. Clinton’s senior campaign advisor, Jake Sullivan, said, “In reality, Hussein’s regime was a sponsor of terrorism — one that paid families of suicide bombers who attacked Israelis, among other crimes. Trump’s cavalier compliments for brutal dictators, and the twisted lessons he seems to have learned from their history, again demonstrate how dangerous he would be as commander-in-chief and how unworthy he is of the office he seeks.”
No matter what your thoughts are on Hillary, there’s no contesting these remarks from Sullivan.
“He’s running his country, and at least he’s a leader.”
Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump have apparently exchanged compliments in the past, but this goes much farther than a compliment when put into context. Last December, Trump was doing an interview with MSNBC when the host asked, “Well, I mean, it’s also a person who kills journalists, political opponents, and invades countries. Obviously that would be a concern, would it not?” to which Trump answered with the above statement. So Trump isn’t against killing journalists or political opponents, whether or not they’re citizens, and invading other countries. That in itself is a concern.
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