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From Hitler to Kim Jong Un: Trump’s Controversial Admiration for Dictators

Trump’s Mention of “Dictators”
Not Hesitant to Praise Nazi Hitler
Warning Voices of the Need for Criticism

CNN

Former U.S. President Donald Trump has garnered attention for his praise of dictators such as Adolf Hitler, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. According to John F. Kelly, a retired four-star general and former White House Chief of Staff during the Trump administration, Trump openly admired Hitler, even expressing respect for Hitler’s control over high-ranking Nazi officials.

Ironically, a man who championed the slogan “America First” would speak favorably about individuals who have historically opposed U.S. interests. Nonetheless, this isn’t the first instance of Trump expressing admiration for authoritarian leaders. Viktor Orban, Hungary’s far-right nationalist prime minister, known for his rejection of a “mixed-race” population, was lauded by Trump as being “better, smarter, and a greater leader than anyone else.” President Joe Biden’s statement towards Orban, “He firmly stated that he doesn’t believe democracy is functioning and is seeking dictatorship,” contrasts with Trump’s praise.

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Last year, reports surfaced indicating that Trump remarked, “I regarded Putin and Kim Jong Un as acceptable individuals, and I believed we had successfully cornered North Korea.”

Such pronouncements by Trump are anticipated to wield considerable influence on prospective election voters. Of utmost concern regarding Trump’s affinity for authoritarianism is the ease with which his adherents may casually disregard his commendations of dictatorial regimes, as well as the potential for undecided voters to overlook this aspect entirely.

Consequently, there have been assertions from members of both the Republican and Democratic parties, perturbed by this matter, advocating for sustained scrutiny of Trump’s utterances throughout the remaining duration of the electoral period.

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