Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Donald Trump on Strength

Playboy Donald Trump on Strength

In the run up to the 2016 Republican Presidential Super Tuesday Primaries. there was some controversy about Donald Trump's campaign as the Manhattan Mogul seem to willingly associate himself with strongmen and political polarizers.  Trump retweeted a Mussilini quote.  When questioned about it, Trump acknowledged that the quote was popularized by Il Duce and was not phased to be associated with a fascist.  Trump also had difficulty disassociating himself with David Duke, a former Klansman, who said that those who did not support Donald Trump were denying their "White Heritage".

This propensity for Trump to honor strongman dates far back into Trump's public persona.  In a 1990 feature in Playboy, Donald Trump spoke glowingly of Mikail Gorbachev during the Cold War. More telling is how Donald Trump understood and admired how the Chinese Communists put down the 1989 pro liberty demonstrations at Tiannamen Square in Beijing.

"The Goddess of Liberty" at Tiannamen Square protests before the massacre in 1989

Although Trump can be erratic on positions, the entities with whom Trump associates himself and the virtues which they emulate is telling about the character of the candidate. Caveat emptor.  

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