Podhoretz: Trump ‘Says Nice Things About Evil People, Which Doesn’t Help’

‘You have to deal with the world as it is’


PODHORETZ: “Yeah, you have to deal with the world as it is. Don’t be a fantasist. You know, you’ve got to deal with the bad guys. And you take them — you take them as they are. The realpolitikers would never who you know were — this was a real fight, they would never have gone out and said that the Russian’s didn’t know that they were torturing Andrei Sakharov or that they were isolating, they were throwing people in the Gulag. That was the reason they said, “These are tough people, evil people. So you’d better deal with them cold-eyed — in a cold-eyed fashion.” Trump has completely obliterated this. So he goes, and he says nice things about evil people, which doesn’t help, unless you believe that flattering them — flattering people who are beyond the reach of flattery, I would imagine, is the way to get them to do what you want.”

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