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Basic instinct told us what he was

Basic instinct told us what he was

by digby

If only I could figure out how anyone who heard this garbage during the presidential campaign thought they were dealing with an "isolationist" I think I could sleep better at night. All you have to have is basic human instincts to see what he is:

“Look, we have the greatest business people in the world and we don’t use them. We use political hacks. Some of these business people are not nice people. Who cares? You care? I don’t think so. Some of these business people are vicious, horrible, miserable human beings. Who cares? Who cares?”

“Some of these people, they don’t sleep at night! They twist, and turn, and sweat!” he cried, twisting his hand furiously, “and their mattress is soaking wet! Because they’re thinking all night about victory the next day against some poor person that doesn’t have a chance.”

“And these people – unfortunately, I know them all. “These people would love to represent us against China, against Japan, against all of these countries…These people. They feel crazy! They feel angry! They cannot believe the deals that are made. We will do things we have never done before.”


It made me sick when I heard it. It made me sicker to hear the gleeful shouts and cheers from his ignorant fans.

This is not someone who just wants America to mind its own b usiness. That's not what he's talking about. At all.

He doesn't understand anything. He's flailing about like a nuclear pinball all over the globe. But his psychology is violent and aggressive and he is the most powerful man on earth.

He's got his desired trade war now. It hasn't yet gotten truly ugly. But they often do. And then they lead to real wars.

Recall this gem, if you forgot it:

A sordid tale of Gen. John J. Pershing executing Muslim insurgents in the Philippines at the turn of the century is a favorite of President Trump.

“They were having terrorism problems, just like we do,” Trump told a throng of cheering supporters on the campaign trail in South Carolina in February 2016.

Pershing “caught 50 terrorists who did tremendous damage and killed many people. And he took the 50 terrorists, and he took 50 men and he dipped 50 bullets in pigs’ blood — you heard that, right? He took 50 bullets, and he dipped them in pigs’ blood. And he had his men load his rifles, and he lined up the 50 people, and they shot 49 of those people. And the 50th person, he said: You go back to your people, and you tell them what happened. And for 25 years, there wasn’t a problem.”

It’s a story Trump has repeated, and echoed again Thursday after a terrorist attack in Barcelona that killed at least 13 people and left many more wounded when a driver smashed his van onto a busy sidewalk.

“Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!” he tweeted.


A man who recites a lurid, bloodthirsty tale like that (and it isn't the only one) is a warmonger.
By definition.

That quote came from a piece by Sarah Kendzior in which she wondered at the time who "these people" are?

They are him.