Jim Hightower: A mass murderer's love song to Trump

Published on Monday, 4 December 2017 20:09
Written by Jim Hightower

Columnist

“We’ve had a great relationship,” exulted a giddy Donald Trump, following his two-day schmoozefest in Manila with the thuggish Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte.

Duterte, who calls himself a “toughie,” brags that he’s personally killed many people and likes to compare himself to Hitler. He’s been on a murderous rampage since his election last year.

In the name of eliminating the drug trade, Duterte has unleashed a massive military assault across the country, not merely targeting dealers, but also anyone alleged to even use drugs. His onslaught is a human rights atrocity, with untold thousands being executed in what are antiseptically termed “extra judicial killings” - that is, murders.

Yet the present president of the United States says Duterte is his new buddy. Trump stressed in their official discussions that the Philippine president can count on him and the U.S. (which includes you and me) to be a friend. And, as a friend, Trump didn’t bother his authoritarian buddy with any unpleasant talk about those rampant human rights abuses.

In fact, Duterte had earlier demonstrated that love when he named Jose Antonio to be his trade representative to our country. Antonio, a Philippine real estate mogul, happens to be a partner with our president in the luxurious new Trump Tower, now under construction in Manila. Cozy, huh?

Hugging up Duterte might be good business for Trump, but it’s a sorry deal for our national interest - and it’s an insult to our people’s support of human rights.

OtherWords columnist Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer, and public speaker.

He’s also the editor of the populist newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown. Distributed by OtherWords.org.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Columns on Monday, 4 December 2017 20:09. Updated: Monday, 4 December 2017 20:11.