On Tuesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “All In,” Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) stated President Trump’s attacks on the media, judges, the intelligence community, FBI, and DOJ are “the kinds of actions taken by” dictators like Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Rodrigo Duterte, and Vladimir Putin.
Hirono said, “The difference between a democracy and a totalitarian government is the rule of law. So, you have a president, Trump, who has attacked the media. He’s gone after the — gone after judges who don’t agree with him. He’s certainly going after the intelligence community, the FBI, the Department of Justice. These are the kinds of actions taken by people like Erdogan in Turkey, Duterte in the Philippines, and, of course, Putin in Russia, all three dictators. Basically, the president very much admires them. So, the rule of law, with regard to this president, is of no consequences. He does not respect the rule of law.”
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