Former President Donald Trump triggered liberal outrage Saturday by touting his successful NATO policy of forcing other nations to pay their fair share.
Speaking to supporters at a rally in South Carolina, he stressed how his policy worked — which it did — because of the carrot and stick approach he’d applied.
“NATO was busted until I came along,” he said. “I said, ‘Everybody’s gonna pay.’ They said, ‘Well, if we don’t pay, are you still going to protect us?’ I said, ‘Absolutely not.’ They couldn’t believe the answer.”
“One of the presidents of a big country stood up and said, ‘Well, sir, if we don’t pay and we’re attacked by Russia, will you protect us?’ I said, ‘You didn’t pay, you’re delinquent?’ He said, ‘Yes, let’s say that happened.’ ‘No, I would not protect you. In fact, I would encourage them to do whatever the hell they want. You gotta pay. You gotta pay your bills,'” he added.
Despite this policy having worked brilliantly, Trump’s willingness to boast about it publicly inspired a complete and total meltdown from the obsessively anti-Trump left, starting with the Biden administration.
“President Biden has restored our alliances and made us stronger in the world because he knows every commander in chief’s first responsibility is to keep the American people safe and hold true to the values that unite us. Thanks to President Biden’s experienced leadership, NATO is now the largest and most vital it has ever been,” White House spokesperson Andrew Bates said in a statement.
“Encouraging invasions of our closest allies by murderous regimes is appalling and unhinged – and it endangers American national security, global stability, and our economy at home. Rather than calling for wars and promoting deranged chaos, President Biden will continue to bolster American leadership and stand up *for* our national security interests — not against them,” he added.
WH’s @AndrewJBates46 on Trump’s comments about Russia and NATO: “Encouraging invasions of our closest allies by murderous regimes is appalling and unhinged – and it endangers American national security, global stability, and our economy at home.” pic.twitter.com/32Bpl2Dw8M
— Joey Garrison (@joeygarrison) February 11, 2024
Never mind that the invasion of Ukraine by Russia occurred under current President Joe Biden, not former President Trump.
And never mind that the terrorist attack on Israel occurred again under current President Biden, not former President Trump.
The meltdown continued on the social media platform X, where apoplectic leftists gnashed their teeth in fear and anger.
He’s an enemy of the US and has no business being in the WH ever again.
— вRι α. (@KARMASABLEEP) February 11, 2024
The return of this deranged lunatic to the White House is all Putin needs to fulfill his dream of resurrecting the USSR.
— (@ChidiNwatu) February 10, 2024
And there you have it Americans. Trump IS a Russian asset. Time to Vote against traitor trump and his Russian supporting Maga republicans
— Catherine L. (@Catheri36455257) February 10, 2024
Maga has always been about cruelty first even through means of barbarism. They enjoy repackaging cruelty as entertainment on their screens.
— @thomasafink on bsky (@ThomasAFink) February 10, 2024
This man should never be anywhere close to a political office again. This is shameful that he can say this publicly and there’s not a huge national outcry among current representatives on BOTH sides.
— Sabio Scientist (@SabioScientist) February 10, 2024
Note what one X user wrote: “He’s an enemy of the US.”
Leftist columnist Tom Nichols’ echoed this inane logic in a column for The Atlantic.
“Americans outside of Trump’s personality cult—at least those who have retained any ability to be shocked—should be stunned at his kind of betrayal of American principles and America’s allies,” he wrote.
And so for demanding that other nations pay their bills and don’t screw over the United States, he’s an enemy of the United States and a betrayer of American principles …
Liberal logic at its finest, folks.
Nichols’ continued his bizarre column by accusing Trump of being some sort of man-child like current President Biden.
“Here in the United States, we have become accustomed to treating Trump like an angry child, ignoring his outbursts the way parents ignore a toddler who shouts threats and claims to hate mommy and daddy during tantrums,” Nichols wrote.
“But other nations do not see an overaged juvenile; they see a man who once held the keys to the U.S. nuclear arsenal and could once again become the commander in chief of the American military. They are watching him because they believe—as they should—that he is telling them exactly what he’ll do if he returns to office,” he added.
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