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El Caudillo Trump Demands Loyalty

May 12, 2017

El Caudillo Trump Demands Loyalty
President Donald Trump invited FBI Director James Comey to dinner in January and asked for his loyalty. Mr. Comey, a career law enforcement official, promised him honesty. Honesty clearly has no place in a Trump administration, so Comey was sacked, then threatened.

As former FBI agent Clint Watts, a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, observes,  “Trump’s loyalty pledge tactic comes straight from the worst aspects of authoritarians and mob bosses who see their rule above the rule of law.”


“Trump Asked Comey for Loyalty a Day After He Was Warned About Flynn: Report,”  Margaret Hartmann, New York Magazine

“Trump said he was thinking of Russia controversy when he decided to fire Comey,” Devlin Barrett and Philip Rucker, Washington Post

“Trump Threatens Fired FBI Director Comey With ‘Tapes,'” John T. Bennett, Roll Call

“The Threat in President Trump’s Interview with Lester Holt,” Amy Davidson, The New Yorker


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Trump Role Model: Saddam Hussein

July 7, 2016

Trump Role Model: Saddam Hussein

Donald Trump, Tuesday night in Raleigh, North Carolina:

“Saddam Hussein was a bad guy, right? … But you know what he did well? He killed terrorists. He did that so good. They didn’t read ’em the rights, they didn’t talk. They were a terrorist, it was over.”

— “Trump: Saddam killed terrorists ‘so good,'” Associated Press

These claims are nonfactual. Saddam killed no terrorists; he killed political opponents and ethnic minorities.

Mr. Trump previously claimed the world would be “100 percent better” if dictators like Saddam and Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi were still in power. Like them, Donald Trump wants to torture people, execute them without trial, and then kill their innocent relatives.