Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gave former Iraq president Saddam Hussein some praise during a speech in Raleigh, North Carolina, on July 5 (video below).
Trump praised the late dictator for supposedly killing terrorists and not reading them their rights, notes Mediaite.com:
Saddam Hussein was a bad guy, right? He was a bad guy. Really bad guy. But you know what he did well? He killed terrorists. He did that so good. They didn’t read them the rights, they didn’t talk, they were terrorists, it was over. Today, Iraq is Harvard for terrorists. You want to be a terrorist, go to Iraq. It's like Harvard, OK?
According to CNN, before he made his comments about Hussein, Trump said the U.S. "shouldn't have destabilized" Iraq; Trump actually supported the Iraq War in the early months.
Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan countered Trump's comments: "[Hussein] was one of the 20th century's most evil people."
Jake Sullivan, an advisor for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, said in a statement: "Trump's praise for brutal strongmen seemingly knows no bounds. Trump yet again lauded Saddam Hussein as a great killer of terrorists, noting with approval that he never bothered to read anyone their rights."
Sullivan also mentioned that Trump has complimented North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and Russian president Vladimir Putin.
"In reality, Hussein's regime was a sponsor of terrorism -- one that paid families of suicide bombers who attacked Israelis, among other crimes," Sullivan added. "Trump's cavalier compliments for brutal dictators, and the twisted lessons he seems to have learned from their history, again demonstrate how dangerous he would be as commander-in-chief and how unworthy he is of the office he seeks."
According to a new poll by Reuters/Ipsos released on July 5, Clinton has a 13-point lead over Trump.
The poll has Clinton at 46 percent with likely voters, 33 percent for Trump and 22 percent refusing to support either.
The poll was taken from July 1-5, so it just barely included the time covering the FBI's decision not to press criminal charges against Clinton for having some top secret emails on her private server.
Trump's support with likely voters is about 10 points lower than where Republican nominee Mitt Romney was in early July 2012.