We can’t remember how many Donald Trump surprised us with his declarations, but the latest could definitely make it to a top. This Tuesday, the businessman expressed his preference for allowing dictators to rule in the Middle East, instead of removing them from power.
Saddam was bad, but good, according to Donald Trump
According to CNN Politics, Trump praised former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, claiming that he was efficient in killing terrorists, despite the fact that during his regime, the country was considered a state sponsor of terrorism.
“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. Over. Today, Iraq is Harvard for terrorism,” Trump said about Saddam Hussein.
The Republican nominee made these statements during a rally where he was introduced by the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tennesse Senator Bob Corker, who is currently on Trump’s VP shortlist.
Like expected, praising Saddam Hussein attracted a lot of critics, including from House Speaker Paul Ryan. “He was one of the 20th century’s most evil people,” Ryan said of the former Iraqi leader.
Hillary Clinton replied immediately
Of course, this was also the perfect occasion for Hillary Clinton’s campaign to launch an attack.
“Trump yet again lauded Saddam Hussein as a great killer of terrorists, noting with approval that he never bothered to read anyone their rights,” Clinton senior campaign adviser Jake Sullivan said in a statement.
“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,” he added.
This isn’t the first time when Donald Trump makes such claims. Previously, he said that Iraq and Libya would be better if Saddam Hussein and Moammar Gadhafi were still alive and able to rule their countries.