President Trump has showed dangerous and dictatorial behavior again, saying that if he is impeached, he will go “directly to the Supreme Court” according to a report:
President Donald Trump said Wednesday he’ll go directly to the U.S. Supreme Court “if the partisan Dems” ever try to impeach him.
But Trump’s strategy could run into a roadblock: the high court itself, which said in 1993 that the framers of the U.S. Constitution didn’t intend for the courts to have the power to review impeachment proceedings. The Supreme Court ruled that impeachment and removal from office is Congress’ duty alone.
In March, Trump praised China’s President Xi Jinping for consolidating his power, saying, “He’s now president for life. President for life. No, he’s great. And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot someday.”
Trump paid tribute to former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, known for acts such as having a critic’s tongue sliced out, and executing people he claimed were part of a “Zionist spy ring.” According to the New York Times, during a rally in Raleigh North Carolina, Trump briefly acknowledged that Hussein was ‘a bad guy,’ before hailing his firm hand. “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.”
At a campaign stop in January 2016, Trump spoke of Kim Jong Un. He lauded him for the deaths of an uncle and brother who stood to challenge his power. “[Kim] goes in, he takes over, and he’s the boss. It’s incredible. He wiped out the uncle. He wiped out this one, that one. I mean, this guy doesn’t play games.”
Putin described Trump as the “absolute leader of the presidential race,” and as “very talented.”
Trump responded with appreciation for compliments from the Russian leader.
“It is always a great honor to be so nicely complimented by a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond.”
A leaked transcript of an April 2017 conversation (full transcript hosted here by the Washington Post) between Donald Trump and Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Philipines, included this statement from Trump:
“I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug problem. Many countries have the problem, we have a problem, but what a great job you are doing and I just wanted to call and tell you that.”
The solution Trump is referring to is Duterte’s war on not only drug dealers but addicts, leading to an Amnesty International report that The Independent described a few months before Trump’s congratulatory call as detailing more than 2,500 deaths at the hands of police, fabricated reports, falsified or planted evidence, thefts of property from the accused, and police opening fire on unarmed accused individuals.