Trump has "Dictator Envy"
North Korea’s Kim Jong Un with Trump
“He’s the head of a country, and I mean he’s the strong head. Don’t let anyone think anything different. He speaks, and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same.” (Trump)
Heil, Trump! Sound anything like Germany in the 1930’s and 1940’s?
“Trump has dictator envy,” said Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian at Rice University. “You start being more attracted to people like Kim and Putin because they look like they could be presidents for life. And if they have enemies, they don’t have to resort to Nixon keeping an enemies list. You just destroy your enemies’ lives with a phone call. That’s attractive to Trump.”
Steven Levitsky, a Harvard University professor who recently co-authored a book on authoritarian instincts titled “How Democracies Die” said, “Any time any society elects a leader with authoritarian impulses, it’s a risk for democracy.” Eliot A. Cohen, a senior State Department official under President George W. Bush, said Trump “has classic traits of the authoritarian leader.” Trump’s interest in the subject of admiration of dictators and absolute power seems to be growing as he becomes better acquainted with some of the world’s authoritarian leaders, including Kim, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom Trump said he may try to meet one-on-one this summer.
So, Trump admires and praises known murderers and human rights violators, but alienates our country’s most long-standing allies from the G7 summit. Even Republican Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said that Kim “is a total weirdo who would not be elected assistant dogcatcher in any democracy.”
In addition to extolling praise on Kim Jong Un, Trump has expressed bizarrely admiring words about other despots, including Russia’s Vladimir Putin, China’s Xi Jinping, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte. Trump’s frequent lies reveal his need to redefine reality when the truth doesn’t serve his needs.