Clinton falsely accuses Trump of wanting to 'kill' and 'imprison' his political opponents like a dictator

 April 20, 2024

Failed 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has long employed over-the-top hyperbole and accusatory rhetoric against her political nemesis, former President Donald Trump, and that tradition has continued from the campaign season eight years ago to the current day.

During an appearance on a podcast that aired on Friday, Clinton accused Trump of wanting to model himself after various dictators so that he could rule with impunity and "kill his opposition" if he thought doing so was necessary to retain power, according to the Daily Caller.

She also ironically asserted that Trump wants to "imprison his opposition" -- which is exactly what current President Joe Biden is attempting to do by way of Special Counsel Jack Smith's overtly partisan prosecutions against his predecessor and presumptive Republican nominee.

Clinton says Trump wants to model himself after dictators

On the latest episode of "Democracy Docket," Clinton spoke with Democratic attorney Marc Elias and insisted that her 2016 rival, former President Trump, sought to model himself after dictators like Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President and Communist Party leader Xi Jinping, and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, among others.

"Putin does what [Trump] would like to do," Clinton told Elias. "Kill his opposition, imprison his opposition, drive journalists into exile, rule without any check or balance. That’s what Trump really wants."

"And so we have to be very conscious of how he sees the world because in that world, he only sees strong men leaders. He sees Putin, he sees Xi, he sees Kim Jong Un in North Korea," she continued. "Those are the people he is modeling himself after and we’ve been down this road in our, you know, world history. We sure don’t want to go down that again."

Clinton reveals a "very scary prospect" that isn't true

The former Secretary of State said, "My view, having negotiated with Putin, and knowing one of the reasons he went after me is because he knew I would deal with him in an appropriate way, and Trump would basically do whatever he wanted, it’s really important to think about what could happen to our world with Trump back in the White House."

"Withdrawing us from NATO, not caring about what happens with Europe," she alleged. "The idea that he wants Ukraine to fail. The idea that he doesn’t want us to be able to surveil our enemies. This is a very scary prospect."

Debunking Clinton's false claims and outright lies

There is zero evidence that suggests that former President Trump has ever expressed a desire to "kill his opposition" like some sort of tyrannical dictator.

That said, Trump has floated the idea that he might "imprison his opposition" for their many and varied alleged crimes, against him and others and the American people more broadly, but as noted, President Biden's administration and Democratic prosecutors in New York and Georgia are currently attempting to do exactly that with multiple criminal prosecutions aimed at Trump.

As for driving "journalists into exile" or ruling without any "check or balance," the former president's long-running feud with the "fake news" media that incessantly lies and publishes biased reports about him is no secret, and as was plainly evident during his first term in office, the courts and Democrats will fully exhaust every possible effort to serve as a check and balance on his presidency.

Clinton also suggested that Trump wants to withdraw from NATO -- a dubious assertion, though he has called out NATO allies for not meeting their defense spending obligations -- and that he doesn't care about what happens to Europe, another debatable claim given his familial ties and property assets and countless friends and business partners who live and work in various places across that continent.

Then there is the false assertion that he "wants Ukraine to fail," which he's never said, and that he doesn't want America's enemies to be surveilled, when in actuality he doesn't want the government's secretive and unchecked surveillance apparatus to be aimed at U.S. citizens -- which is the truly "very scary prospect" here.

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