The mainstream media lampooned presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump over his statement earlier this week that Saddam Hussein was “so good” at killing terrorists; however, the media has mostly failed to mention presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s intricate ties with dictators through her husband and The Clinton Foundation.
Clinton ripped into Trump on Wednesday for his “praise for brutal dictators like Saddam Hussein.”
Donald Trump's praise for brutal dictators like Saddam Hussein knows no bounds. pic.twitter.com/5bvlO3rnI5
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 6, 2016
The former secretary of state was responding to comments Trump made during his campaign rally the night before in North Carolina, where Trump referenced Saddam Hussein, saying, “You know what he did well? He killed terrorists. He did that so good.”
“They didn’t read them the rights, they didn’t talk. They were a terrorist, it was over,” Trump added.
The mainstream media jumped on Trump’s comments:
— CNN (@CNN) July 6, 2016
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) July 6, 2016
But the press hasn’t shed light on President Bill Clinton’s past praise of dictators or The Clinton Foundation’s awards and invitations given to dictators for Clinton Foundation events.
“Dictators like Nursultan Nazarbayev Kazakh in Kazakhstan, Meles Zenawi from Ethiopia […], and Paul Kagame of Rwanda might have terrible reputations when it comes to human rights, but they are invited guests at Clinton Foundation events where they are praised for their leadership,” Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer reveals.
Schweizer details the Clinton’s intricate relationships with several dictators:
Kagame, for example, was a “Clinton Global Citizen of the Year” in 2009. He was praised by the foundation as a “brilliant military commander” and given the award for “leadership in public service.” What you won’t read in his bio is the fact that Kagame arrests his political opponents and censors journalists. Nor is there mention of the fact that the United Nations accuses Kagame’s militias of raping and slaying thousands of Hutu. It is widely believed that Kagame is largely responsible for fueling the civil war going on in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.
In 2007, President Bill Clinton “invited Nazarbayev to attend the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) as his guest.”
Nazarbayev, the Kazakh “dictator, imprisons journalists and political opponents. According to Schweizer, “The list of Kazakh human rights violations, according to the US government, besides torture includes arbitrary detention; restrictions on freedom of speech, press, and assembly; pervasive corruption; and human trafficking.”
On Wednesday, Clinton’s senior policy advisor Jake Sullivan also stated in his response to Trump’s comments about Hussein that “Donald Trump’s praise for brutal strongmen seemingly knows no bounds.”
Yet, appearing at a press conference in 2005 with Nazarbayev, Bill Clinton praised the dictator for “opening up the social and political life of your country.”
That same year, when Nazarbayev was reelected — after “ballot-box stuffing” and an “atmosphere of intimidation” — Bill Clinton sent Nazarbayev a congratulatory note, writing, “Recognizing that your work has received an excellent grade is one of the most important rewards in life. At the start of your new term as president, I would like to express confidence that you will continue to live up to the expectations of your people.”
Schweizer notes, Nazarbayev “promptly released Clinton’s congratulatory note to the public.”
Breitbart News reached out to Hillary Clinton’s campaign spokesperson Nick Merrill for comment about President Bill Clinton and The Clinton Foundation’s past praise of dictators, but did not receive a response.