March 5, 2019

PENAL ENVY:

Trump's Fatal Attraction (MONA CHAREN, March 1, 2019, The Bulwark)

The world is full of misery, and American leaders sometimes have to deal with unsavory characters. But nothing required President Trump to pick up the phone in 2017 and say to Duterte, "You are a good man . . . . You are doing an unbelievable job on the drug problem. Many countries have the problem, we have the problem, but what a great job you are doing, and I just wanted to call and tell you that."

Explaining the need for a wall on the southern border, Trump offered this odd report from a conversation with China's Xi Jinping, who apparently told the president that China has no drug problem because they employ the death penalty. He found this exhilarating. "If we want to get smart, we can get smart," Trump said. "You can end the drug problem, can end it a lot faster than you think."

It would be less disturbing if Mr. Trump's chief weakness were for porn stars and money. Alas, his attraction to thugs seems even stronger.



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