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Because Trump loves a butt kisser, and Abe has been romancing his posterior since they first met.

28 ( +43 / -15 )

Surprised he didn't call him "Japan's best prime minister since Lincoln."

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I doubt Trump knows any other Japanese prime minister anyway.

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If Trump knows all of what Abe was involved in internal scandal affairs he doesn't want to compete...

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In other news: "Abenomics has been a flop, Professor Kingston says (the Temple University Prof).

Besides that, Trump doesn't know what Abe achieved or what he didn't.

He most definitely enjoyed the golf parties ..... especially because Abe let him win.

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Its a fair enough statement. The competition is hardly glowing.

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Only adorers of Abe government believe in words from Trump.

Actuality is worst regime.

Democracy in Japan has been undermined, Japanese society was divided.

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I doubt Trump knows any other Japanese prime minister anyway.

He might have heard of Hideki Tojo. Maybe.

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He might have heard of Hideki Tojo. Maybe.

Doubtful. That would require knowledge.

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These two guys obviously love to praise each other,after all they belong to the same specie,vultures.

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If Trump says it then it must be true. Well done Mr. Abe! Now Abe-san will have to say the same back to Trump.

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The greatest PM in Japan’s history? How many Japanese PMs has Trump met? Oh, that’s right! Just one! Abe has done nothing to improve the economic situation in Japan after nearly a decade in office. He has increased the public debt and given corporations fact cuts. He has also increased sales tax twice with lies to promote the increases. The greatest PM ever? He’s just another LDP showboating phony! And, there is another one ready to jump into his seat.

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And above all the things mentioned he made life for expats way worse than before with many obligations and little to none rights as the local citizens.

And Trump called him the greatest president of Japan,oh boy.

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That's a great endorsement coming from the greatest president in US history.......NOT!

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The greatest crook of a P.M. without any doubt.Probably more corrupt than "I am not a crook" Tricky Dicky Nixon.

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Abe is the only PM to give him a gold golf club.

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Enough hot air between them to satisfy global energy needs.

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In short, there is no such thing as the greatest prime minister. Each prime minister has both good and bad qualities including different values. However, it definitely is not Mr. Abe.

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It's always with the hyperbole and bluster to disguised his lack of education, or even an interest in history.

One day, not far from now, education will be seen as a dirty word in the US. It will be declared "communist" to be educated.

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Finally! Abe's biggest accomplishment and legacy!

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It’s not surprising really. The Donald really likes using the term “great/greatest” whenever he describes something.

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Haha! Abe and the Japanese press shouldn't eat this up as a compliment; it's putting abe in company with Roger Stone, Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn; apropos.

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Democracy in Japan has been undermined, Japanese society was divided.

Pray tell, when in the history of Japan has there actually been a "democracy" in anything other than name only?

Also I would say you know little about Japan and it's history if you think the society was divided during Abe's term in office.

Japanese society is far from "divided". Just because Abe is resigning does not mean society here is divided.

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Knee-jerk praise and post-mortem apple-polishing from the know-nuthin' knucklehead is not going to garner Trump any reciprocal sycophantic "sesame grinding" to boost his bloated profile for re-election, or change the true verdict of history: Abe Shinzo the longest-serving loser!

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No doubt Trump's other mates Vladimir Putin, Boris Johnson, and Kim Jong-on are also all-time greats.

Angela Merkel meanwhile is "stupid" and "in the pocket of the Russians".

https://www.businessinsider.com/german-officials-alarmed-trump-merkel-call-conversations-cnn-report-2020-6

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Thank you Abe! Thank you Trump! You guys absolutely rocking!

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Calling Abe "the best Japanese PM ever" is an insult to all those great PMs of the past 75 years who have dazzled the world stage with their wise, charming and charismatic personailities... oh, wait.

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Trump likes to throw around the title "world's greatest" even though he knows nothing about history. As long as you pander to him and like him, he'll bestow that title upon you. It doesn't matter if you're a despot, a dictator, an extremist. He doesn't care what you've done. As long as you praise him, agree with everything he does or says, and like him, he'll call you "the greatest".

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Coming from Trump means that Abe did all Trump asked. Not sure Abe appreciates..

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It is obvious Abe is not the greatest PM in Japan's history, but it is certain that many foreign leaders, including UK, Australia, India, Singapore, Canada, Taiwan, etc. admired of him through their SNS. And I think that at least we have to appreciate to him about the JPY 100,000. www

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Trump has been involved in many scandals, ethics violations . . . he is one of the few U. S. Presidents have been impeached.

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What a stupid comment but it comes from someone who constantly makes stupid comments. Am impeached president at that. Leaving aside all the domestic issues, Abe was well respected by most if not all of the world. That, whether one likes it or not, is a fact.

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all the people who were whining about their 100,000 yen payments (yet got them) now feel they need to disparage Abe just to prove Trump wrong.

sad.

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@ Yubaru

At least prior to Abe, the diet would meet to decided things. Now everything is decided solely by the cabinet.

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Says a guy who can't even pronounce his name correctly.

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OK, so what is that? His 30,000th lie or so?

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Whatever Trump proclaims “the greatest” must be...according to idiots that love to sniff his jockstrap.

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Wow. A load of negative comments. Perfectly encapsulates the leftist mindset.

All the while benefiting economically.

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Just like that, Abe is now certain to be considered the worst Prime Minister in Japanese history because his endorsement came from Trump. I am 99% certain Trump knows nothing about what Abe has done or even the past Prime Ministers in Japan.

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The Best Japanese PM?

No way.

And not the worst either. Neither good nor bad. Possibly the worst thing you can say about anybody is that they are boring. Abe will go down in history as just another mediocre civil servant.

What is his legacy? What does he leave? What changes did he make?

Relations with the neighbours got worse. The economy got worse. Several scandals were covered up.

INVALID CSRF!

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Come on, Trump has zero knowledge of any previous Japanese PM's to compare with.

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Does anyone in the world truly believe Trump could name another Japanese prime minister?

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Because Trump loves a butt kisser, and Abe has been romancing his posterior since they first met.

I thought it was the other way round.

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Whether Abe was the "greatest" Japanese PM - or just one of the top few - is a matter for history to debate in 50-100 years. He sure is regarded as a real Statesman almost universally around the world.

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When pushed on his knowledge of Japanese PMs, Trump reportedly said Maria Ozawa was second in his estimation.

He sure is regarded as a real Statesman almost universally around the world, and that is simply undeniable even by his handful of haters.

A real statesman? Are you going for the gravitas this time? I liked your description of Abe as a ‘street fighter from Yamaguchi’ better. Really sums up this blue-collar kid who had to scrap his way to the top without any connections.

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Being praised by Trump is cause for alarm....

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Because Trump loves a butt kisser, and Abe has been romancing his posterior since they first met.

Well, most leaders will do that to the US, they want our money so the kissing is real, they just become later two-faced at the UN assembly when they got what they needed. As for Abe, maybe Trump just thinks he’s a great guy.

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It is more like the greatest Japanese puppet in American history.

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At least prior to Abe, the diet would meet to decided things. Now everything is decided solely by the cabinet.

Obviously dont watch NHK. Pray tell what has the "cabinet" decided upon without the diet's approval?

Come on.....let's hear it?

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So after recounting the capture of the British air fields in the American War of Independence and explaining how WW2 ended in 1917 when the "Spanish Flu" sickened all the soldiers Trump is now showboating his spurious authority as a history buff, specializing in Japanese history, to making us believe "honest" Abe was the greatest of them all. That's no consolation to the ailing Shinzo knowing how it feels to be "Trumped" for the history books.

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Hahahahahahaha!!! D & D'ber!!!!

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Trump is a poor man’s image of a rich guy and an idiot’s idea of a smart guy. So of course his comments on Abe are totally accurate.

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As if Trump knows much about Japan's history.

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Interesting how some posters above think that he will be recognize as one of the greatest PM in the world.

His resignation where little to none interest in the old continent,major german and italian newspaper didn’t even cover the news.

He is/was considered a light way in international politics and a shadow of Trump.

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*light weight

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BlacklabelToday  05:52 pm JST

all the people who were whining about their 100,000 yen payments (yet got them) now feel they need to disparage Abe just to prove Trump wrong.

I was disparaging Abe long before Trump got into politics.

Fighto!Today  06:58 pm JST

Whether Abe was the "greatest" Japanese PM - or just one of the top few - is a matter for history to debate in 50-100 years.

Or maybe a bit sooner. Articles are starting to be written in the foreign press.

He sure is regarded as a real Statesman almost universally around the world.

Wait until people around the world start reading about Moritomo Gakuen, Kake Gakuen, Sakura parties for koenkai, the Anri bribe money and that pet prosecutor he tried to keep in office. He'll soon start to be regarded as venal, mediocre, third generation provincial parvenu trash.

bass4funkToday  07:22 pm JST

As for Abe, maybe Trump just thinks he’s a great guy.

I'll be surprised if he can even remember who Abe is after a few months.

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@Randy Johnson

Wow. A load of negative comments. Perfectly encapsulates the leftist mindset. 

All the while benefiting economically.

And who's benefiting economically? The rich (DUH!!!). How many people thrown out of blue collar jobs in the mid-west rust belt are now saying: ""Oh yeah, my share portfolio is doing great! I'm saved!"

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Hilarious.

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@Bass

Well, most leaders will do that to the US, they want our money so the kissing is real...

No, the most impoverished nations in the world may be interested in your money, but the majority of mature democracies around the world are interested in your CO-OPERATION on very serious shared problems, for example the climate crisis. Oh wait! I forgot. That's all a marxist hoax, right?

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all the people who were whining about their 100,000 yen payments (yet got them) now feel they need to disparage Abe just to prove Trump wrong.

Wow, you obviously have a very short memory! That 100,000 payout was NOT because of Abe, it was because Komeito threatened to break their decades long coalition with the LDP if Abe didnt change HIS plan of giving households(ONLY) 300,000 and screw the rest of the people!

And days following that, Abe started having problems with his health!

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I'll be surprised if he can even remember who Abe is after a few months.

Please stop confusing Trump with Biden.

No, the most impoverished nations in the world may be interested in your money

Not only the impoverished ones.

https://gulfnews.com/opinion/op-eds/here-is-why-europe-needs-america-1.67082293

,for example the climate crisis.

Oh, here we go....

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@bass

Your choice of link today is a little puzzling. Of course it's at the low end of the credibility scale, as usual, but it seems like there's all kinds of ideas coming out in it, and the writer doesn't even know what he/she wants to say. It almost makes you almost pine for straight out, nutcase Breitbart. For example:

"The world is learning to expect plenty of words from Washington, but ever-less action: Trump has become a president who speaks loudly while carrying a small stick. For America’s allies, it’s the worst possible combination."

It seems like you're making my case for me.

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Abe is the greatest prime minister in Japan's history to make Japan smaller again:

GDP, down

Population, down

Yen, down

happiness, down

Ties with neighbors, down

Now, the third world becomes fourth world.

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Trump only has the linguistic ability to make two descriptions of people. They're either nasty and the worst X in history, or they're the best X in history.

Kind of like how he knows more about X than anyone. Where X is the current topic at hand.

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What does Trump know about Japanese history?

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Abe is greatest prime minister, and Trump the second greatest.

We are so blessed to have had this two beings of light leading our lives.

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First, Trump wouldn't be able to name another PM if his life depended on it. Second, if Trump is saying someone is the greatest ever, it usually means they are a criminal, or at the very least, someone who doesn't do their job well and only kisses his butt.

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Trump comments aside...

Can some of the same experts on Japanese political history here please name the “best” 3-5 Japanese PM’s in postwar Japan? How about in post-bubble Japan?

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J-Money,

If best is defined as getting things done to change Japan. Postwar, I’d go with Tanaka, Fukuda, Nakasone, Tojo, and MacArthur (not in any order).

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Being praised by Trump is cause for alarm....

Kiss of death.

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It is exactly the same as when a spouse says their husband/wife is the best in the world. We all know that is unlikely true, but smile anyway.

This is the sort of political lying that I don't really mind.

Everyone knows it isn't true, but to the people who like Abe, it is nice to hear.

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Your choice of link today is a little puzzling. Of course it's at the low end of the credibility scale, as usual,

Ditto.

but it seems like there's all kinds of ideas coming out in it, and the writer doesn't even know what he/she wants to say. It almost makes you almost pine for straight out, nutcase Breitbart. For example:

"The world is learning to expect plenty of words from Washington, but ever-less action: Trump has become a president who speaks loudly while carrying a small stick. For America’s allies, it’s the worst possible combination."

It seems like you're making my case for me.

Hmmm...I disagree.

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Koizumi had almost 85% popularity at one time and many would say he was one of the best post-war PM.

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LOL, Trump calls himself the greatest President ever, and so, this shows you 2 peas in a pod and not in a good way.

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With all of his other issues, including his incurable auto-immune disease (see: JapanToday Poll: "Are you an anti-vaxxer?"), the last thing Abe-san needs on his resume is praise from trump which, for any thinking person, is more an accusation than an accolade...

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What does Trump know about Japanese history?

Pearl Harbor,Hiroshima, and that's about it!

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I see Trump has once again triggered all the anti-Trump JT posters hehe

Says a guy who can't even pronounce his name correctly.

Hey, he didn't pronounce it like Abe Froman did he? hehe

What does Trump know about Japanese history?

Pearl Harbor,Hiroshima, and that's about it!

He also knows about Japan's trade surplus with the U.S. which is another thing Biden has never known about in his 47 years in government.

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He also knows about Japan's trade surplus with the U.S. which is another thing Biden has never known about in his 47 years in government.

The guy who has spent his political career dealing in international politics and trade has never known about the trade surplus, but the real estate grifter from New York has had his finger on the pulse the entire time.

OK

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The guy who has spent his political career dealing in international politics and trade has never known about the trade surplus,

OK, he may have known about it at one time but he never did anything about it, did he?

but the real estate grifter from New York has had his finger on the pulse the entire time.*

Exactly. Trump's been talking about Japan killing us in trade since the 1980s. Watch some of his early interviews, including the ones with Oprah.

Remember, a vote for Biden is like a chicken voting for Colonel sanders.

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Ito or Yoshida would have been more likely choices.

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Trump making pronouncements about populist issues he knows nothing about is not new. It's a luxury afforded those who are playing no part in the actual processes of governance, public service or understanding of the intricacies involved in the issues themselves. It's like a guy who dodged the draft denigrating veterans and telling the military how to run their affairs. Or someone making a joke out of the AIDS epidemic, saying he fought his own personal battle by dating in the 80s, for example.

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garypenAug. 31  04:20 pm JST

He might have heard of Hideki Tojo. Maybe.

Doubtful. That would require knowledge.

Trump might not know the name but he is like him, and Mussolini, Hitler, Franco, Salazar, Peron, Videla, Pinochet, and so many other fascists in history.

He acts like a fascist.

He talks like a fascist.

He has an agenda of fascism.

Gonna have to face it, Donald Trump is a fascist.

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Well, most leaders will do that to the US, they want our money so the kissing is real, they just become later two-faced at the UN assembly when they got what they needed. As for Abe, maybe Trump just thinks he’s a great guy.

No they don't. Mostly they are ignoring trump and waiting for him to be gone.

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I wonder what criteria Trump based that assumption on?

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A posthumous compliment from Trump is really just speaking ill of the dead...

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*Gonna have to face it, *Donald Trump is a fascist.

He is not.

A posthumous compliment from Trump is really just speaking ill of the dead...

Hold on there, partner, last time I checked Abe was still alive.

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expatToday  11:22 am JST

A posthumous compliment from Trump is really just speaking ill of the dead...

Or praising with faint damns. Not only is Trump a fascist, he's also a big time butt-kisser. Ask Putin, Kim, Xi, the Saudi king and more. Big Time Butt Kisser Maximus and an embarassment all around. He has put America to SHAME!

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Gonna have to face it, Donald Trump is a fascist.

He sure is.

But let's be positive for one moment - those of us who follow and are fascinated by history all know what happens to fascists and dictators.

The more he pushes, the greater the pushback. He should do the decent thing, like Abe, and step down before he finds himself in too deep.

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Japanese friends. President Trump is beloved for saving the USA from a disastrous post Obama, Hillary Presidency. President Trump will win both the popular and the Electoral College for an ever greater second term, especially if we take the House back and keep the Senate by an ever bigger majority. Real Americans respect the Japanese culture and people because unlike America's Democrat Cultists, the Japanese believe in hard work and protecting its culture by having a tough immigration policy. G@D BLESS JAPAN & G@D BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! We make a great team.

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Does Trump understand the meaning of the word "great?"

It sure doesn't seem like he does.

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Surely Trump exaggerates.

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SerranoToday  10:13 am JST

Remember, a vote for Biden is like a chicken voting for Colonel sanders.

Don't need to remember. I have a suspicion that you think you've hit on a meme there and that you're going to repeat it at least a dozen times.

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Can't trust Trump's knowledge about Japanese history.

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Abe was Trump light before Trump became President. Same empty rhetoric, fake issues (wall and NK kidnappings), massive debt, economic ruin, huge military buildup for no reason, lazy, and now both of them are physically sick.

Trump thinks the PM before Abe was PM SushiRoll.

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But let's be positive for one moment - those of us who follow and are fascinated by history all know what happens to fascists and dictators.

So there's hope for China and Cuba after all.

The more he pushes, the greater the pushback. He should do the decent thing, like Abe, and step down before he finds himself in too deep.

Not going to happen, Abe, wish him all the best.

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