Jim Austin:
Ex-Vermonter at Large
Jim Austin
Jim Austin
is a freelance writer from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

His previous columns are archived HERE.

Posted 5.18.17


Trumpwatch 2017: The Mad Toddler

CAPE BRETON, NS | Those of us with frost on our collective pumpkins will remember the reign of Idi Amin of Uganda. In the 70s Amin rose to power and instituted an "psycho-ocracy" in Uganda. Among the many peccadillos that Amin was known for was a propensity for cannibalism. To say his grip on reality was tenuous is an understatement.

He once said: "Sometimes people mistake the way I talk for what I am thinking. "

Does that remind you of anyone?

Amin's rule was characterized by human rights abuses, political repression, ethnic persecution, extrajudicial killings, nepotism, corruption and gross economic mismanagement according to Wikipedia. After he tried annexing an area in Tanzania he was driven from power and took sanctuary in Saudi Arabia until his death in 2003. I don't want to exaggerate the similarities between Trump and Amin so I will say that Trump has not, so far, encouraged any extrajudicial killings.

On Friday, our dear leader will take his first overseas journey representing the USA. His first stop will be Saudi Arabia. I wonder if he will casually inquire about the availability of Idi's flat in Jeddah. Washington Post, blabbermouth Trump revealed secrets to the Russian foreign minister and the Russian ambassador. These were secrets not even revealed to our closest allies.

This was around the time that he fired the head of the FBI, James Comey, because he wouldn't take a loyalty oath and refused to drop the current FBI investigation of collusion between his team and the Russians. This and his series of lunatic tweets has his staff treating him like a mad toddler. Are they installing those little plastic guards over the electrical outlets to prevent him from sticking a fork in them?

Most concerning to many sentient citizens is Trump's seeming admiration for political strong men. Vladimir Putin, the murdering dictator of Russia, is a Trump favorite and suspected financial supporter. Donald invited Philippine strong man and confessed murderer Duterte to the White house in an unprecedented move. Trump sent Turkey's President Erdogan a congratulatory message for winning a dubious referendum that gave Erdogan presidential power verging on dictatorship. He followed that up by inviting Erdogan to Washington where Turkish security thugs beat up protesters outside the White House. He also has expressed admiration and a willingness to talk to Kim Jong Un, that bloated little psychopath leader of North Korea. Previously Trump refused to even shake hands with German leader and ally Angela Merkel.

Possibly more concerning than any of the above is that 92 percent of Trump supporters polled said they would vote for him again. Makes you wonder what, if any, atrocity committed by Trump and his minions would make these pathetic boneheads see reality.