Trump ‘Undeniably’ Worst Criminal in History: Noam Chomsky

Trump ‘Undeniably’ Worst Criminal in History: Noam Chomsky

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – American political activist and public intellectual Noam Chomsky has escalated his criticism of US President Donald Trump as “undeniably” the worst criminal in history.

In his latest comments on the US president, Chomsky told the socialist quarterly Jacobin magazine that Trump was a “tin-pot dictator” and that Republicans were “worse than the old Communist Party”.

“This sounds strong, but it’s true: Trump is the worst criminal in history, undeniably. There has never been a figure in political history who was so passionately dedicated to destroying the projects for organized human life on earth in the near future,” he said.

“That is not an exaggeration.”

That apex of criminal history would place Trump ahead of notorious figures like Ponzi fraudster Bernie Madoff, presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, gangster Al Capone, drug lord Pablo Escobar, paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, outlaw Jesse James, the “extremely wicked” Ted Bundy, bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde, and serial killer Jack the Ripper.

The comments come after Chomsky said in an interview with The Guardian in May that the US president is culpable in the deaths of “thousands” for cuts to healthcare funding and offloading his leadership responsibilities to state governors during the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s a great strategy for killing a lot of people and improving his electoral politics,” Chomsky said, The Independent reported.

Chomsky has been critical of the global response to coronavirus, condemning the US reaction and the European leaders’ “very sad dereliction of duty”, he said during an April interview with Democracy Now!

In his latest interview, Chomsky said the world would emerge from the pandemic at a terrible cost, but would not emerge from Trump’s crime of climate change.

“The cost is greatly amplified by the gangster in the White House, who has killed tens of thousands of Americans, making this the worst place in the world (for the coronavirus),” Chomsky said.

“We will emerge (from the pandemic, but) we’re not going to emerge from another crime that Trump has committed, the heating of the globe. The worst of it is coming -- we’re not going to emerge from that.”

The professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology continued that Republicans had disappeared as a party and remained silent during some of Trump’s actions, like firing inspectors general in place to monitor corruption.

“It’s worse than the old Communist Party. The leader gives an order; we (fall) on our knees,” Chomsky said.

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