Trump said China showed ‘the power of strength’ when talking about the Tiananmen Square massacre in a 1990 Playboy interview

Once again, Trump presents the state as it ought to be presented (i.e. as a glorified mafia that’s just about power and violence) which is why “liberals” don’t like him. MSNBC liberals actually support most of his policies. If anything, they think he’s not warmongering or authoritarian enough. But they just want an articulate Ivy League-type like Obama or Bill Clinton as their CEO, not a John Gotti-lite.

By John Haltiwanger

Business Insider


  • President Donald Trump in 1990 said China had showed the “power of strength” when its troops massacred hundreds, possibly thousands, of pro-democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square the year before.

  • The Tiananmen Square massacre was 30 years ago today, on June 4, 1989.
  • Trump in a March 1990 Playboy interview said, “When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it. Then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength.”
  • Trump went on to say, “That shows you the power of strength. Our country is right now perceived as weak…as being spit on by the rest of the world.”
  • As president, Trump has frequently expressed admiration for authoritarian leaders like Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, among others.


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