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Friday, January 18, 2019

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

What is “dictator style”? For Donald Trump, it’s celebrating winning on a private jet while eating a Big Mac. He’s a “man of the people” with bad hair, oversized suits and a notorious trucker hat.

On the other hand, according to Peter York, author of Dictator Style: Lifestyles of the World’s Most Colorful Despots, “Trump’s design aesthetic is fascinatingly out of line with America’s past and present.”

“The apartments his company actually sells bear no resemblance to the one he lives in,” York said. “But that doesn’t mean his taste comes from nowhere. At one level, it’s aspirational, meant to project the wealth so many citizens can only dream of. But it also has important parallels… with something more recent. The best aesthetic descriptor of Trump’s look, I’d argue, is dictator style.”

York’s 10 rules of dictator style include tips like “Go big [i.e.,] ludicrously overscale” and “repro” (brand new), “draw from hotels” and use glass, second to only gold.

“Dictators also like known-value items—things that people will understand instantly, aka brands,” York added. “If you’ve got Lamborghinis and Ferraris out front, you want the equivalent inside: Aubusson carpets (new copies, of course), Chinese Ming vases (ditto) and bright Versace-style fabrics. Of course, the cult of personality needs iconography, too, and that means pictures of yourself.”

Act.TV did a side-by-side comparison of Trump’s homes with those of dictators like Romania’s Nicolae Ceaușescu, Iraq’s Saddam Hussein and Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi. The similarities are both hilarious and haunting.

Watch:

Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

 
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56 responses to “Try Seeing If You Can Tell The Difference Between Dictators’ Palaces And Trump’s Own Home”

  1. CarlOrcas says:

    A picture (or more) is worth a thousand words.

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  2. mike says:

    You people are nuts. The Trump Derangement Syndrome is live and well in your worthless brains.
    Trump is no more a dictator than Putin is a capitalist.
    To equate Trump’s extravaganza, built as a private citizen, to dictators using public revenue is totally insane. But what’s new from the hysterical left.

    • ♚ King Leo ♚ says:

      OK thanks for explaining how much you LOOOOOVE treason, you America-hating pants-wetting coward traitor moron.

      • mike says:

        I see you are still qualify as the village idiot.

        • ♚ King Leo ♚ says:

          OK sorry you couldn’t come up with a good response; it’s because you’re every bit as much a failure as the Russian puppet you treasonously support (on account of you are an America-hating pants-wetting coward traitor moron).

          • PrecipitousDrop says:

            Mike’s been huffing Krylon gold paint.
            He’s done every stick of furniture in his house.
            Mike wants to live like a dictator, too.

          • mike says:

            Another of your silly posts. eep them coming I enjoy a good laugh.

          • mike says:

            LOL!
            No need to respond to another of your asinine posts.
            You are a certified nutcake.

          • ♚ King Leo ♚ says:

            I get that English is your second language, KKKomrade – after all, it was you who kept “correcting” the word “median” to “medium”, which only an utter moron would do if they weren’t a Russian.

            Still, your inability to spell or punctuate, and the fact that you think we faked the moon landings or something, mean you’re way too stupid to have opinions. I mean, two weeks ago you were insisting that Susan Rice was about to go to jail – how dumb is that?

          • Budjob says:

            Mikey,Anyone who told you to just be yourself,gave you some very bad advice!

          • Budjob says:

            Mikey,You sound as if you have a mixmaster up your ass,and don’t want anyone to know it.

          • mike says:

            You are out doing yourself with these inane posts. So sad and pathetic.
            Just remember Trump has 1360 + more days in office.

          • Budjob says:

            Maybe Mikey,MAYBE!! When you’ve seen one Fascist,you have seen them all.Does in breeding run in your family Mikey?

          • mike says:

            You effin idiot. The only Fascists this country sees each and everyday emanates from the left trying to stop free speech.
            Only f___ing idiots like you don’t understand the danger of stopping other peoples right to express a differing opinion.
            Foxtrot Yankee! You are a true and dangerous fascist!

          • Budjob says:

            Hey Mikey,After conversing with you,I have decided I’m in favor of abortion in cases of incest!

          • Budjob says:

            Do you like my posts Mikey? They’re great right Mikey?

          • mike says:

            Do you like Trump being President for the next 1359+ days? That BJ is the relevant question.

          • Budjob says:

            Do you like being a Fascist/Nazi/baby sitter?

          • mike says:

            You are a fuc_king idiot. Go back under your rock.

          • Budjob says:

            Mikey,speaking of idiots,what village did you wander away from?

        • Budjob says:

          Hey Mikey,It appears that lint has a higher IQ than you do!

          • mike says:

            I see you are still the mental midget of NM.

          • Budjob says:

            Mikey,Don’t you love nature in spite of what it did to you?

          • mike says:

            How funny coming from a brain dead person like you.
            Pathetic try. Sadly you are clueless to what nature has turned you into. You are much like the 2016 election a loser. Too dumb to see the devastating loss even though in 2010 you lost the House. 2014 the Senate. All the while losing almost 1000 democratic state seats and double digit Governships. I’m surprised there hasn’t been a recall on your empty brain since it has not stood you in good stead.

          • Budjob says:

            Mikey,It sounds as if a halfwit gave you a piece of his mind,and you held onto it.

          • mike says:

            More of your silliness. The only halfwits I am aware of are you idiots that think the Democratic Party hasn’t taken gigantic losses these last 6 years. How funny you continue to regurgitate some halfwits piece of mind of no Democratic loses or Trump/Russia and think there true.

          • Budjob says:

            Mikey,I would like to insult you,however,with your intelligence you wouldn’t be offended!

          • mike says:

            You crack me up!
            You are incapable of coming close to an insult because you can’t even recognize you only have sh1t for a brain.

          • Budjob says:

            Mikey,you are trying your best to promote a battle of wits with me,but,I never pick on an unarmed individual!

        • kep says:

          How true. He has a set vocabulary, and seems to only be able to repeat the daily liberal talking points. I had a parrot that had a wider vocabulary.

    • PrecipitousDrop says:

      Except that US taxpayers are on the hook for Mar-A-Lago, Mike.
      We pay Trump whenever he goes there. When he eats, we pay for the meal. And the meals of Trump’s aides and Secret Service detail. When Xi Jinping and Shinto Abe visited, we paid Trump’s restaurant rate for them, and their entourages, too.
      If Trump had hosted them at the White House, there would be no additional cost because the White House budget includes permanent domestic staff.
      That’s what dictators do, Mike. They enrich themselves at their citizens expense.

      • mike says:

        Go get a life.
        So what! I don’t begrudge him one bit since he has to put up with the idiots on the left that continue to freak out at just the mention of his name. The left would rather hurt the American people with a weak economy than help him get the economy really growing through the private sector. He is dismantling the failed policies of Obama which is a delight to see. Direction of country up. Belief in better times has greatly improved since Trump took office. Only the left has their heads buried up their a$$
        Day 98 and 1362+ days to go in the Trump Administration. Can’t wait to watch the left continue to twist themselves into pretzels.

        • ♚ King Leo ♚ says:

          OK thanks for explaining that you have a different standard for white Presidents, lickspittle. It’s because you’re racist garbage.

        • 788eddie says:

          What a laugh, Mike!!

          ABSOLUTELY WRONG: “The left would rather hurt the American people with a weak economy than
          help him get the economy really growing through the private sector.”

          It was the conservative right GOP that destroyed the economy under George W. Bush, in part by starting two wars, while giving tax breaks to the already wealthy. They don’t call them” Bomb and Borrow” Republicans for nothing, you know.

          Under President Obama, our economy was turned around (67 months of consecutive positive job growth [and STILL growing], and the federal deficit cut to one third of what it was at the beginning of the Obama administration.

          • Bill P says:

            Don’t expect any rational or provable reply from little mikey boy. According to him the US economy during President Obama’s 8 years in office did basically nothing. The U3 & U6 #’s didn’t drop, stock market indices didn’t hit new highs, the value of the US dollar didn’t increase significantly, etc. Little mikey boy will either quote some fake news site or just make up something.

          • kep says:

            What unmitigated BS. Propaganda. Our GNP has been UNDER 1% for the last 8 years. Job growth numbers are liberal lies. There are more Americans out of work and on welfare than ever in American history. Liberals changed the formula for unemployment that does not reflect those that have given up looking. Job growth numbers are counting low wage, part-time jobs at McDonalds. All liberals repeat is the daily propaganda and lies from their Russian handlers.

          • 788eddie says:

            It is absolutely a hoot seeing you try to convince others of your Fake News “facts”. Nobody believes them, kep.

          • kep says:

            Not trying to convince anyone of anything. Just stating truth.

          • 788eddie says:

            Your “truth,” kep “Your truth.” Not what most of the rest of us are seeing and hearing. And most of what we are hearing is in

            Donald J. Trump’s own words, and in full color.

          • mike says:

            Your ignorance is breathtaking. The economic melt down was the fault of many from Clinton, 43, Republicans, democrats, regulators all played in the collapse. No one is without guilt. Quit regurgitating what the left thinks happened.
            As to wars. Only a ignorant leftie would think 43 is to blame for 9/11 which moved U.S. to protect itself. Clinton, much like Obama, was clueless to the threats here and abroad.
            But under obama’s watch he just about doubled debt. If the American people felt the burn of a good economy Hillary would have won. Salaries still haven’t reached 2007 levels, new hires were part time or contract employees with fewer hours. Obama is only president to never to reach a yearly 3% growth. He was a big government anti-business advocate. You remember Julia and cradle to grave big government handouts.
            This is all moot. Trump is president, the left hasn’t been this weak politically since the 1920’s. Democratic Party has no agenda(other than Trump hatred), doesn’t have an electable leader and has ignored their base for years.

      • The lucky one says:

        Don’t expect mike to grasp any of that. He suffers from Trump Worship Syndrome and is no more open to evidence of his mistake than were those who thought the sun revolved around the earth.

      • kep says:

        How many BILLIONS did the Emperor spend on lavish vacations and golf? Trump is mostly using his OWN money.

        • PrecipitousDrop says:

          No. He isn’t. http://www.nationalmemo.com/trumps-travel-cost/
          The US Treasury pays Trump, just like they would pay the owner of any resort a president visits. Just like the RNC paid Trump to ride around in his own jet during the campaign and transition. Just like the Secret Service pays Trump for their office and quarters in Trump Tower.
          Trump always spends Other People’s Money instead of his own.

          • kep says:

            Not even comparing the same food group Comrade. Obama spent hundreds of millions on his vacations. Remember when he closed down the White House, and parks because there was not enough money to keep them open? Then went off to his homeland Kenya for a vacation? Yeah, the Emperor believed he was your messiah, and could do anything he pleased, and you stupid LIBERALS praised him.

          • PrecipitousDrop says:

            Kep, you got your pills mixed up again.
            None of that happened. Of course, if it did, you could cite a source. But you can’t. Because it’s all in your doped up head.

          • kep says:

            Liberals have memories that are SOOOOOOO short. You need to stop reading the liberal talking points. You are either too stupid, too brainwashed, or just to communist to realize that what the fake liberal news is telling you are LIES.

    • The lucky one says:

      I wouldn’t call Trump a dictator either, a wannabe for sure but he lacks the talent and commitment for that. He’s just a garden variety a$$hole with a lot of money.

      • mike says:

        Wrong again! He is neither a Dictator or wannabe. He had the talent to beat the smartest and most qualified woman in the world.
        The Trump Derangement Syndrome stills has you by the balls.
        How funny and yet so sad.

  3. InGen12 says:

    I’m surprised everyone entering that gold monstrosity doesn’t have to put sunglasses on to combat the shine.

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