In Danziger’s estimation, Rodrigo Duterte — the short, ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, and allegedly murderous president of the Philippines — resembles Donald Trump’s id. Fortunately Trump can still discharge his rage on Twitter.
Donald Trump hasn’t been sworn in yet, but he is already making decisions and issuing statements to world leaders that radically depart from American foreign policy, all to the benefit of his family’s corporate empire.
Yesterday, President Rodrigo Duterte called President Obama — the leader of the most powerful nation in history and a crucial military ally to his country in the face of an aggressive Chinese government — “son of a whore.” Obama canceled his planned meeting with Duterte shortly after.
Very little stands in the way of Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody juggernaut. Last week the number of people killed since July 1 reached 2,400: about 900 died in police operations, and the rest are “deaths under investigation”, a term human rights activists say is a euphemism for vigilante and extrajudicial killings.