The current occupant of the Oval Office (for as long as Trump’s presidency lasts) seems to have a love affair with tyrants, despots and dictators. Trump had lavish praise for Turkey’s strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House on Tuesday. We know that a mob of thugs, including members of Erdogan’s security detail, beat up protesters outside the Turkish embassy on Tuesday. Apparently that’s how things are done in Turkey. Coming across the wire services today is new information. 

Detention warrants were issued Friday for four senior staff at a pro-secular opposition newspaper. The warrants against the nationalist Sozcu newspaper’s owner and three others were for committing crimes on behalf of the network of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen without being members. Apparently criticism is a crime.

Sozcu is a staunch supporter of the secular legacy of Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and a sharp critic of Turkey’s president and government.

We get it Mr. Trump. These are the powers that you think you should have. So far our democracy seems stronger than your desire to engender only praise from the media.

Now out brat-in-chief is headed to Saudi Arabia. What could possibly go wrong?

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.