If you already thought Donald Trump doesn’t have his head screwed on right, wait until you see what he’s said about Saddam Hussein.
Instead of condemning the actions of a military dictator who was accused of killing literally hundreds of thousands of people and convicted of crimes against humanity, Trump adopted a more controversial line.
Donald Trump praised the late Iraqi dictator for killing off terrorists without ‘reading them their rights’.
He told supporters in North Carolina on Tuesday:
He was a bad guy – really bad guy. But you know what he did well? He killed terrorists. He did that so good.
They didn’t read them the rights. They didn’t talk. They were terrorists. It was over. Today, Iraq is Harvard for terrorism.
Donald Trump is praising Saddam Hussein to prove to all his haters that Hitler isn't his only role model.
— Sam Kalidi (@samkalidi) July 6, 2016
Did you get that? ‘Iraq is Harvard for terrorism’. Yup.
To be honest, we’d be more surprised if it wasn’t Trump who said this.
Last year, the Republican presidential candidate said the world would be ‘100 per cent’ better off if Saddam and Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi were still in power.
To put this into perspective, Saddam has been accused of committing numerous mass atrocities, killing hundreds of thousands of people, and used poisonous gas on Iraq’s Kurds.
Unsurprisingly, Trump’s comments supporting the late dictator earned a swift rebuke from rival Hillary Clinton, the Telegraph reports.
Clinton’s senior policy advisor Jake Sullivan said in a statement:
Tonight, Trump yet again lauded Saddam Hussein as a great killer of terrorists, noting with approval that he never bothered to read anyone their rights. In reality, Hussein’s regime was a sponsor of terrorism.
Trump’s cavalier compliments for brutal dictators, and the twisted lessons he seems to have learned from their history, again demonstrate how dangerous he would be as commander-in-chief and how unworthy he is of the office he seeks.
Even Paul Ryan, the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, did not back Mr Trump when asked about the comments.
Speaking to Fox News, he said Saddam ‘was one of the 20th century’s most evil people. He was up there, and he committed mass genocide against his own people using chemical weapons,’ and added that the dictator was ‘a bad guy’.
If this doesn’t lose Trump some followers, I fear nothing will.