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Philippine President: Trump Supports Policy of Slaughtering Drug Users and Dealers

The Philippines has endorsed the slaughter of more than 5,000 suspected drug users and traffickers by police and vigilantes in the past five months.

Philippine President Rodolfo Duterte encourages police and others (vigilantes) to kill ("neutralize") people they suspect of using or selling drugs.

President Duterte today said he recently spoke to Donald Trump on the phone, and Trump told him he supported Duterte's anti-drug policy, and that the country is going about it the right way.

In a statement Saturday, Duterte shared details of a seven-minute conversation that took place Friday. He said that during the call, Trump endorsed his campaign against drug users and dealers — a campaign that has left at least 4,500 Filipinos dead in about five months. Trump told Duterte that he was doing it the “right way,” according to Duterte’s account.

“I could sense a good rapport, an animated President-elect Trump,” he added. “And he was wishing me success in my campaign against the drug problem.”

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Duterte seems mentally unstable.

In September, when President Obama raised questions about the bloody anti-drug crusade, Duterte lectured him on colonialism, referring to him with a slang term that translates, roughly, as “son of a whore.”

..Weeks after railing against “uncivilized” Americans, Duterte greeted the U.S. president-elect with an enthusiastic “long live” Trump. Duterte also mused that they might get along — because they both like to swear.

How does Duterte justify the extra-judicial killings of drug users? By comparing them to Jews under Hitler:

Duterte has invoked the Holocaust to defend his war on drugs. “Hitler massacred 3 million Jews. Now, there are 3 million drug addicts,” he said in September. “I’d be happy to slaughter them.”

If Trump truly supports the extra-judicial, mass slaughter of drug users and traffickers, he's not only a threat to our democracy, he's a threat to humanity.

Trump is not yet President but he's already inflicting global damage with his telephone calls. If the Electoral College is foolhardy enough to vote him into the White House despite his loss of the popular vote by 2.5 million, which it almost certainly will be, once there the DISA should give him a restricted and modified "toy phone" like the kind Obama is stuck with. Hopefully, he won't be able to make or accept long distance calls or access Twitter with it.

(Please restrict comments to the topic of the Philippines drug policy and Trump and the global menace he is -- you can post comments about the electoral college and popular vote in an open thread. They will be deleted here as off-topic.)
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