Even though Donald Trump is running for president in a liberal democracy of a constitutional government and singular/ personal rights, he just cannot hide his admiration for dictators who deny their population the very rights that the United States champions. Trump loves rulers who are very strict and demand unquestioning obedience and loyalty from the people they rule. In a 1990 interview, he was all praise for the Chinese government for its handling of the student protesters at Tiananmen Square, a massacre that claimed many hundreds of lives. “They put it down with strength,” said Trump. “That shows you the power of strength. Our country is right now perceived as weak.”
But Trump is more impressed by Vladimir Putin because he thinks that Putin is the sort of strong leader who is much stronger than the current American president Barrack Obama. Nobody knows as to why Trump is so impressed with authoritarians. The best guess is that he is possessed of dominance and “strength,” is infatuated with opulence and tangible wealth, and thinks that life is a challenge demarcated by “winners” and “losers.” But this smells of conjecture and sub standard psychoanalysis. What is for certain is that Trump’s individual approval for Putin sits side by side with his financial ties to Putin and assorted Russian strongmen from former campaign manager Paul Manafort who helped to elect a Putin supporter in Ukraine—to the strong indication that Trump’s businesses received generous finance from Russian elites.
The admiration for Putin and other such leaders can be seen in the context of current of modern-day white nationalism and far-right thinking, you end up with what we’ve seen from his campaign—outright praise for a figure who siphons national resources for personal gain, jails dissidents, and is linked to the murder of journalists. Trump’s praise for Putin raises important questions about what Trump means when he says “Make America Great Again.” Under Vladimir Putin, Russia has slid toward right-wing autocracy, with crackdowns on key political liberties. In recent years,
Putin’s attention is now focusing on ethnic and religious minorities including the Russian LGBTQ community—as victims for deteriorating economic affluence and fruitless wars. There is no need to prove the networks between Trump and Vladimir Putin to get why Trump sees some advantage in praising the latter. For beginners, there’s already a language of Putin admiration on the mainstream right, where the Russian president is seen as an alleged masculine alternative to the presumably decadent Barack Obama. Sarah Palin said something similar a few years ago. “Look, people are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil. They look at President Obama as a person who wears mom jeans and beats around the bush and hesitates at making strong decisions.