When the now-Republican presidential frontrunner was asked his impression of the Soviet Union, the then-43-year-old replied:
“I was very unimpressed… Russia is out of control and the leadership knows it. That’s my problem with Gorbachev. Not a firm enough hand.”
He was asked whether he meant a “firm hand as in China?”, to which Trump replied:
“When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it. Then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That shows you the power of strength. Our country is right now perceived as weak… as being spit on by the rest of the world.”
Trump, however, denied that his statements meant he agreed with the acts. “That doesn’t mean I was endorsing that… I said, that is a strong powerful government that put it down,” he said. “They kept down the riot, it was a horrible thing,” he added.
Trump’s true self has been in front of us all along. The best time to open your eyes to it was four years ago. The next best time is today.