Independent Senator Bernie Sanders came forth on Tuesday to claim that authoritarian leaders around the world “have drawn inspiration” from President Trump.
Sanders, who was giving remarks on authoritarian threats at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, stating that the world is now experiencing the “rise of a new authoritarian axis.”
“While this authoritarian trend certainly did not begin with Donald Trump, there’s no question that other authoritarian leaders around the world have drawn inspiration from the fact that the president of the world’s oldest and most powerful democracy is shattering democratic norms, is viciously attacking an independent media and an independent judiciary and is scapegoating the weakest and most vulnerable members of our society,” Sanders declared.
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Sanders argued that Saudi Arabia in particular “is a country clearly inspired by Trump” while pointing to the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who had a reputation of being highly critical of the nation’s corrupt government.
Khashoggi was reported missing late this past week after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish officials have stated that they believe the journalist was murdered inside the facility, but Saudi officials have vehemently denied those allegations.
“If this is true, if the Saudi regime murdered a journalist critic in their own consulate, there must be accountability, and there must be an unequivocal condemnation by the United States,” Sanders said. “But it seems clear that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman feels emboldened by the Trump administration’s unquestioning support”
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