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Donald Trump Says, Yes, Saddam Hussein Was a Bad Guy, “But …”

Donald Trump would like you to know that Saddam Hussein “was a bad guy, but…” But… Hmmm… But he sure could double park with the best of them? But, man, Hussein could really shoot the three? But what? What! Trump offered up that rhetorical cliffhanger with no obvious conclusion on Tuesday night during a speech in North Carolina. The “but” was, in fact, that Trump finds Hussein’s willingness to kill people he considered terrorists worthy of admiration.

Here’s the text from Trump’s comments:


“Saddam Hussein was a bad guy, right? He was a bad guy. Really bad guy,” Trump said. “But 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 terrorists - it was over. Today, Iraq is Harvard for terrorism.”

“We need somebody with a tough temperament,” Trump said.

Presumably, like Saddam Hussein? Somewhere along the way Donald Trump has gotten horribly lost in the rhetorical weeds. Apparently, this isn’t the first time the presumptive Republican nominee for president has workshopped praise of the Iraqi dictator and, ahem, state-sponsor of terror.