Donald Trump, in a Playboy interview in 1990, had this to say about Gorbachev and the events at Tiananmen Square:
What were your other impressions of the Soviet Union?
I was very unimpressed. Their system is a disaster. What you will see there soon is a revolution; the signs are all there with the demonstrations and picketing. Russia is out of control and the leadership knows it. That’s my problem with Gorbachev. Not a firm enough hand.
You mean firm hand as in China?
When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it. Then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That shows you the power of strength. Our country is right now perceived as weak … as being spit on by the rest of the world–
By way of full disclosure, I have known people who were part of the Tiananmen movement in 1989, and one of the leaders of the protest, Liu Xiaobo (who was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize and is presently incarcerated in China), is a personal hero. For the best part of the last 15 years, it has been my most constant and earnest prayer that the people who were responsible for the murders that took place surrounding the Tiananmen movement would be brought to justice.
It is simply staggering to believe that any American in public life, whether out of ignorance or out if some base impulse, would ever defend or applaud the Chinese government’s actions in putting down largely peaceful protests that were legal under both Chinese law and the Chinese constitution. Yet, Donald Trump did exactly that.
And now he wants to be president of the US?
There are some lines that should never be crossed. This is one of them.
If for no other reason, Donald Trump should be disqualified from ever seeking the office of the presidency.
Yet, I want to draw attention to a part of what Trump said that keeps gnawing on me: “That shows you the power of strength. Our country is right now perceived as weak … as being spit on by the rest of the world–”
In 1990, the US was at the pinnacle of it’s strength. In part because of the policies of Reagan/Bush, the USSR was crumbling, the Iron Curtain had fallen, and the US economy was the envy of the rest of the world. Yet, Trump thought then that the US was perceived as “weak” and was being “spit on by the rest of the world”? It is not as though Trump shared a different reality than everyone else in 1990. Rather, his way of looking at the world was so completely warped and twisted that he looked at success, and could only see failure and disgrace.
This appears to be a common thread with Trump. He recently wrote a book called “Crippled America”, and is constantly talking about how America is “losing”, and he will turn it into a “winner”. Thus, while Trump tends to do constant 180s when it comes to his political positions, it appears that he has never thought of Americans as anything more than weak, crippled, losers in need of a strong hand to whip them into shape.
The mind boggles. America is not now and has never been weak by any measure. America is not at all crippled in any sense of the word. And the only losers in America are those people who believe the bovine excrement Trump spews from his mouth.
Trump is a sick man. When someone sees the world in a way that it diametrically opposite of what really exists, then by all psychological measures the person is legally insane, and Trump fits this diagnosis. This is no joke, and I am not being facetious.
Certainly, I would never want such a man in control of a country. And I can only imagine what would happen if he were driving a tank and an unarmed individual stood in his way. Even the Chinese have more morality and sense than Trump.