Nowhere is the difference in outlook between America's 45th and 46th presidents clearer than in their two speeches in Warsaw, Poland. On March 26, during his visit to Poland to bolster support among NATO countries for the heroic battle of the Ukrainian people against the barbaric attack of war criminal Vladimir Putin, President Joe Biden issued a ringing defense of democracy, which is now threatened not only in Europe but throughout the world by Putin;s genocidal attack against Ukraine.

In contrast, on July 6, 2017, then president Donald Trump, speaking in the same city of Warsaw, issued a white nationalist rant against immigrants of color under the guise of defending "western civilization", as reported at that time by Jamelle Bouie in State.

Now, almost 5 years later, Trump is continually showing that his attacks on black and brown immigrants were only a step on his road to absolute dictatorship. At a Georgia rally on March 26, Trump was lavish in his praise for Putin and the North Korean tyrant Kim Jong Un, both of whom he called "smart". Regarding the Chinese dictator Xi, The Guardian reports that Trump praised him as someone who

"runs 1.5 billion people with an iron fist."

The same report states that Trump also praised Xi as being "tough".

This is, of course, not the first time that Trump has praised Putin and Kim. We can no longer turn our eyes away from what Trump very arguably has in store for the United States if his attempt to overturn our system of free and democratic elections by promoting his "Stolen 2020 election" Big Lie enables him to tale over the White House again in 2024.

As fascism expert Jason Stanley writes, dictators need scapegoats. Trump''s scapegoats have been obvious from the moment that he first attacked Latino immigrants as "criminals", "rapists" and "drug dealers" at the beginning of his 2016 campaign; followed by his Muslim ban as a prelude to instituting the biggest assault against almost every type of nonwhite legal immigration as president in 100 years, when the openly white supremacist 1924 "national origin quotas" immigration act was adopted.

We are now seeing where Trump's assault on nonwhite immigrants is leading us - directly toward an American dictatorship resembling that of "smart" Putin's Russia, which is now committing crimes against humanity on the largest scale since WW2

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law
Harvard College A.B.
Harvard Law School LL.B