In a couple of months, the Donald will have returned to making money and firing people. We won't have to listen to him anymore. In the meantime, we will have to endure some more of what Forrest Gump said about him, "Stupid is as stupid does." I have written about Trump's two American mentors: Charles Lindbergh or Bobby Knight. Lucky Lindy flew across the Atlantic, and Bobby Knight was a winning basketball coach. However, the first mentor was essentially a Nazi support or the latter was a mentally unstable coach.
Nevertheless, the Donald has a handful of overseas mentors. Now, to be honest with you, I too have several overseas mentors. This is my list: T. E. Lawrence, Steve Biko, Don Quixote, aka Miguel Cervantes, and Aung San Suu Kyi. Let's compare my list to the Donald's list.
Trump admires Kim Jong-un due to his leadership style. The Donald said, "How many young guys — he was, like, 26 or 25 when his father died — take over these tough generals, and all of a sudden...he goes in, he takes over, and he's the boss. It's incredible. He wiped out the uncle, he wiped out this one, that one. I mean, this guy doesn't play games. And we can't play games with him."
What precisely does the Donald see as Kim's virtue? Charles Manson didn't play games either when he killed nine people who he didn't like.
The Donald liked Saddam Hussein, who didn't like the Kurds. Trump observed, "Saddam Hussein throws a little gas, everyone goes crazy. 'Oh he's using gas!'" The Donald also admired Saddam's dealing with terrorists in general. Referring to him, the Donald said, "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. You want to be a terrorist, you go to Iraq. It's like Harvard, OK? So sad, so sad."
I have wasted time attempting to understand what was the Donald's admiration issue with Saddam. Apparently, Saddam "didn't read them the rights."
Another crazy dictator that Trump liked was Moammar Gadhafi. Gadhafi was overthrown by the Libyan people. The Donald's analysis, after the Libyan revolution, was that "we would be so much better off if Gadhafi were in charge right now."
How did the Donald feel prior to the revolution? Gadhafi, during his four decades as the head of his dictatorship, killed many thousands of his own people. However, Gadhafi said something that sounded like the Donald, "All my people love me." Both the Donald and his mentor, Gadhafi, are wrong about that also.
This is an interesting video about the Donald and the Moammar.
The Donald and Putin are buddies. He thinks that Putin and he would "get along very well" due to Putin being a strong leader in comparison to President Obama. Trump said of Putin, "He's running his country and at least he's a leader, unlike what we have in this country." Would the Donald praise Obama if Obama was more like Putin? Hello, Trump. Leadership comparison between Obama and Putin?
Putin returned Trump's compliment by saying that the Donald possessed three things. Putin said that the Donald was bright, talented, and "an absolute leader in the presidential race."
The Donald was impressed, "If Putin respects me and if Putin wants to call me brilliant and other things that he said that were frankly very nice, I'll accept that, and I'll accept it on behalf of our country."
The Donald has a way of repeating thing incorrectly. Putin denied that he called the Donald "brilliant." Putin merely thought the Donald was "bright," which is debatable.
The Donald loves tweeting. He quoted another of his mentors, Mussolini, who said, "It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep." Well, Il Deuce talked the talk but didn't walk the walk. Anyone semi-familiar with Mussolini's guts and determination knows that Mussolini wasn't the lion but more often the sheep. Mussolini spent much of his time as a loud bombastic sheep. In that aspect, the Donald is very much like Mussolini, his mentor.
There were reports that the Donald, after making the choice of the Pensive Pence as his running mate, wanted to change his mind. That is an interesting happenstance for at least two reasons. First, lions aren't indecisive. Second, Pence is both indecisive and a sheep also.
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