President Trump wants a military parade in the nation’s capital. He says that his political adversaries are “un-American” and “guilty of treason” for failing to lustily applaud his State of the Union address. He thinks the FBI, too, is guilty of “treason” for investigating his campaign ties to Russia. He calls for his political opponent, a former secretary of state and first lady, to be prosecuted. He labels the news media the “enemy of the American people.” He describes the judiciary as a “joke” and a “laughingstock.” He believes the “Deep State” is conspiring against him. He demands personal loyalty from senior law-enforcement officials and forced out two FBI officials — director James B. Comey and deputy director Andrew McCabe — who refused to grant it. His lawyers suggest he is above the law and need not answer questions from prosecutors. He refuses to disclose his finances and continues to benefit from his family company. He denigrates minority groups, demeans women, demonizes immigrants, insults an entire continent and champions symbols of racism.
Little wonder, then, that Trump admires dictators such as Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, Abdel Fatah al-Sissi and Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He even praised Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, a cartoonish thug who won “reelection” with 97.7 percent of the vote, for having “done a great, great job.” By contrast, Trump drips disdain for democratically elected allies such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May; he just picked another fight with May over the National Health Service. The reason Trump likes the dictators, I suspect, is that he wants to be just like them. He, too, wishes that he could “win” 97.7 percent of the vote. When he doesn’t, he lies about his margin of victory and the size of his inauguration crowds.
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