Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday compared his campaign to kill criminals to the Holocaust, saying he would like to "slaughter" millions of addicts just like Adolf Hitler "massacred" millions of Jewish people.
"Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now, there are 3 million drug addicts. ... I'd be happy to slaughter them," he told reporters early Friday.
The comment was a response to critics who have likened him to Hitler. (An estimated 6 million Jewish people were killed in the Holocaust.)
Since Duterte swept to power in July, more than 3,300 Filipinos have been killed, either gunned down by police in late-night drug operations or felled by assassins, often after being named by police....
For Hitler, extermination was the "final solution." Duterte on Friday used the same violently apocalyptic tone, casting his campaign as the only way to "finish the problem" and "save" the nation.
Sure you've wondered: What's with Trump's bizarre hair (assuming it's actually hair)? "He is apparently still fond of the sidewalls and the duck's ass in back and he is proud as can be of his great feat," Garrison Keillor recently observed.
But where on earth - again, admittedly an assumption - does it come from?
I think we finally have the answer.. read more
The Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race. We're doing it now.
This year, one of the candidates -- Republican nominee Donald Trump -- is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency.
From the day he declared his candidacy 15 months ago through this week's first presidential debate, Trump has demonstrated repeatedly that he lacks the temperament, knowledge, steadiness and honesty that America needs from its presidents.
Whether through indifference or ignorance, Trump has betrayed fundamental commitments made by all presidents since the end of World War II. These commitments include unwavering support for NATO allies, steadfast opposition to Russian aggression, and the absolute certainty that the United States will make good on its debts. He has expressed troubling admiration for authoritarian leaders and scant regard for constitutional protections.
George Will: Looking on the bright side, perhaps this election can teach conservatives to look on the dark side. They need a talent for pessimism, recognizing the signs that whatever remains of American exceptionalism does not immunize this nation from decay, to which all regimes are susceptible. The world's oldest political party is an exhausted volcano, the intellectual staleness of its recycled candidate unchallenged because a generation of younger Democratic leaders barely exists. The Republican Party's candidate evidently disdains his credulous supporters who continue to swallow his mendacities. About 90 percent of presidential votes will be cast for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, refuting the theory that this is a center-right country. At the risk of taking Trump's words more seriously than he does, on some matters he is to Clinton's left regarding big government powered by an unbridled presidency. read more
It's supposed to be a charity.
It looks a lot more like a personal piggy bank.
Trump puts himself forward as a sophisticated businessman who understands how the world really works. As he said in this week's presidential debate, he understands money. I say we take him at his word. If I worked at the Internal Revenue Service, I would refer Trump to the Justice Department for a criminal investigation. Obtaining a criminal conviction for violating the tax laws isn't easy, because you need to show intent -- ignorance is a defense. But given Trump's self-proclaimed sophistication, it is hard to imagine he didn't know exactly what he was doing. read more