Over the course of his presidential campaign, it's often seemed as though Donald Trump knows more about America's enemies than just about anyone else. For instance, he's said, "I know more about ISIS than the generals do. Believe me."
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"He said believe him, sir. I guess our intelligence was wrong."
To prove it, he's revealed privileged intelligence about the leadership and background of the Islamic State. Speaking to a crowd of thousands about ISIS, Trump stated, "You know, they honor President Obama. He's the founder of ISIS. He's the founder of ISIS."
It makes sense that Trump ... Oh, sorry, that quote about Obama being the founder of ISIS wasn't over. He continued, "He's the founder. He founded ISIS. I would say the co-founder would be crooked Hillary Clinton."
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"You heard how many times he said it! How did we miss that?"
It makes sense that he'd understand how America's enemies think, because he thinks like our enemies. Many of his suggested policies most resemble those of authoritarian regimes America has battled militarily and with sanctions.
When he claimed that he'd encourage China to invade North Korea in the first presidential debate, it was deemed reckless by military leaders and other professions which require a basic grasp of the English language. But who else would you trust to understand North Korean leader Kim Jung-un, a sociopathic narcissist known for his weird hair and aggressive stance toward his neighbor to the south? Who better to relate to North Korea's Dear Leader than someone who also seems to believe his own propaganda, despite inheriting his privileged position from his father? Hell, it's often impossible to differentiate North Korea's propaganda from Trump's political messaging.
For instance, see if you can tell which of these quotes is from Donald Trump, which was said by Vladimir Putin, and which was said by Kim Jong-un:
America is "very weak and ineffective."
The American "military is a disaster."
America is a "third-world country."
Hard to tell right? Well, it was a trick question. They're all Trump. (Kim Jong-un usually speaks in Korean.)
And it doesn't stop with North Korea. Here are just a few of America's competitors or adversaries whom Trump has some eerie similarities to:
And that's not even mentioning the one thing that all of America's enemies, economic adversaries, and shit-talkers have in common with Trump: They're all desperately hoping that he'll become the next president of the United States.
Trump and ISIS:
Trump and China:
-- "[China thinks] they can make a deal to preserve what they have in the US-China relationship while a Trump administration retreats from world economic leadership" -- Derek Scissors, American Enterprise Institute
Trump and Terrorists:
Trump and Putin:
How did these hyper-specific tropes spread so quickly?
The Hollywood rumor mill has been playing games with celebrity deaths for at least a century.
It's easy to work the system and win these awards even if you don't deserve them.