That's because he'll blow flattery at people he's trying to get to the negotiating table (i.e. Fat Boy Kim and Chairman Xi).I'm not a conspiracy theorist. I don't believe Trump conspired with other countries to get elected, and that's not the point I was making. My point was simply that Trump clearly has more affection for autocrats than democratically elected leaders, and his various statements prove it. My other point was that Trump has a devil-may-care attitude towards the protocols and the responsibilities of his office: again, something which is made obvious by the countless things he's said and done since he was elected President.
Additionally, leaders such as Bolsonaro, Orban, Netanyahu and Abe are all democratically elected (at least if Der Furher Merkel counts as democratically elected).
The only real "autocrats" he's straight praised are Putin (oh no! how dare the US and Russia not be enemies!) and Muhammed Bin Salman - and the only reason MBS is getting so much hate is because someone in his government dared go against the Western Holy Protocol of never killing a journo, and maybe possibly because the Neolib/Neocon clique is in bed with the Muslim Brotherhood of whom he's trying to kick out of Saudi Arabia.
Trump is a sign of a healthy democracy.I don't disagree with any of this. Trump is a symptom of a problem rather than the problem itself, but the fact remains that his ascendancy represents a sad turn for American politics. A healthy democracy would never have elected Trump.
If voters putting the interests of international cliques and global elites in front of their own families and livelihoods is "healthy", then I'm not sure you understand the point of democracy.
I would say its positive.I'm certainly not calling for people to ignore history; on the contrary, I think an understanding of history is very important if you wish to determine the trajectory your society heading on. The crucial question to ask here is how has Donald Trump's presidency affected America's trajectory? Has it had an altogether positive effect, or a negative one? Politically and diplomatically, I think the answer is pretty obvious.
I mean he/we still have a ways to go with pulling out of the Middle East and hopefully less entanglement with the Eurocrats; but its certainly better than the last 3 presidents.
Yeah, that and they need to make up their minds of whether or not they are our allies, especially Germany/Merkel.Trump busts our allies because he can afford to - they're already our allies. Banging the table to Merkel and asking her to pay more for NATO (for example) doesn't mean he dislikes democratically elected leaders.
The Krauts want to eat their cake and have it too.
They want to simultaneously run Europe's affairs and "bring [their neighbors] in line" with EU shit; but also want the US to keep Russia at bay for them while not paying their fair share of the "Keep Russia at bay" fund.