Donald Trump Praises Dictator Saddam Hussein at NC Rally
Donald Trump had yet another appearance in North Carolina at a rally in Raleigh where he lauded former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein for being "good" at killing terrorists, continuing his trend of praising dictators.
Speaking to a packed auditorium here, Mr. Trump first called Mr. Hussein, the former dictator of Iraq, a “really bad guy,” before offering him brief plaudits.
“But you know what he did well?” Mr. Trump said. “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.”
But Mr. Trump’s recollections of Mr. Hussein’s thwarting terrorism are not grounded in fact. While Mr. Hussein’s interests were not aligned with jihadists, whom Mr. Trump frequently rails against on the campaign trail, Iraq was listed as a state sponsor of terrorism by the State Department before the 2003 invasion.
“Donald Trump’s praise for brutal strongmen seemingly knows no bounds,” Jake Sullivan, a senior policy adviser to Mrs. Clinton, said in the statement. “He has applauded the strength China showed in the Tiananmen Square massacre, offered admiration for Kim Jong-un’s murderous consolidation of power in North Korea, and consistently lavished praise on Vladimir Putin. 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.”