Since Donald Trump became president, there has been a lot of speculation about his relationship with Russian. And then shortly after taking office, Trump decided to befriend North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un. So it’s not really a surprise when those who oppose Trump point out that our so-called president is himself behaving like a dictator.
Independent Senator Bernie Sanders came forth on Tuesday to claim that authoritarian leaders around the world “have drawn inspiration” from President Trump.
Sanders, who was giving remarks on authoritarian threats at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, stating that the world is now experiencing the “rise of a new authoritarian axis.”
“While this authoritarian trend certainly did not begin with Donald Trump, there’s no question that other authoritarian leaders around the world have drawn inspiration from the fact that the president of the world’s oldest and most powerful democracy is shattering democratic norms, is viciously attacking an independent media and an independent judiciary and is scapegoating the weakest and most vulnerable members of our society,” Sanders declared.
Bernie Sanders: "While this authoritarian trend certainly did not begin with Donald Trump, there's no question that other authoritarian leaders around the world have drawn inspiration…" pic.twitter.com/vpBc0AHDnv
— The Hill (@thehill) October 9, 2018
Sanders argued that Saudi Arabia in particular “is a country clearly inspired by Trump” while pointing to the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who had a reputation of being highly critical of the nation’s corrupt government.
Khashoggi was reported missing late this past week after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish officials have stated that they believe the journalist was murdered inside the facility, but Saudi officials have vehemently denied those allegations.
“If this is true, if the Saudi regime murdered a journalist critic in their own consulate, there must be accountability, and there must be an unequivocal condemnation by the United States,” Sanders said. “But it seems clear that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman feels emboldened by the Trump administration’s unquestioning support”
Here’s what Americans were saying about the whole ordeal:
Bernie! Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!
OK folks, whatever you think of Bernie Sanders as a candidate, or his policy positions, you must know he's not given to hyperbole. If he says it, you can believe he means it. I will check out the story. Maybe you should, too. Just sayin'.
— Carolyn Haynes (@AskMe_idareyou) October 9, 2018
Isn’t it the the other way around, Authoritarians inspire #DicktatorTrump 🤔
— ✊2the Hill (@2the_hill) October 10, 2018
Senator Sanders: Where is Abraham Lincoln when you need him? Dictators would be kicking a can down their highways if Abe was in the White House.
— Patricia Garcia (@triciagarcia31) October 9, 2018
Such a sad state of affairs. I sure hope everyone who wanted Bernie to win in 2016 VOTES THIS TIME AROUND!!
— Kathy Wentworth (@MustlvdogsKathy) October 9, 2018
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