In January 2016 during the presidential campaign, Donald Trump said,
“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters, OK? It’s, like, incredible.”
I’m not aware of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – also known as MBS – making the same statement publicly, but apparently he believes he can also get away with murder because apparently, he has.
Jamal Khashoggi (pictured), a Saudi Arabian journalist and dissident and a columnist for the Washington Post, was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018.
Less than a month later, came this:
Shortly after that, came this:
The G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, November 30-December 1, 2018, where the world’s leaders didn’t seem to mind posing with MBS:
And doing this:
Time passed, as time tends to do, and nothing changed, as it sometimes doesn’t.
Seven months later came the June 2019 G20 Summit in Japan.
Where again, the world’s leaders didn’t seem to mind posing with MBS:
And posing for more pictures:
And more “exchanging pleasantries”:
And more time passed.
Then came this, February 2021:
And nothing changed.
Then came July 2022:
Of the Macron handshake, according to this article:
I doubt that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman thinks of this as a “rehabilitation tour.”
I doubt that needing “rehabilitation” has ever crossed his mind.
Because, as the Washington Post article summed it up so well:
“…the war in Ukraine and a downturn in the global economy have reaffirmed the Saudi kingdom’s status as a critical source of global energy and investment and brought world leaders pleading for assistance, including an increase in oil production.
“Macron, Biden and some other Western leaders have also argued there is no way to address global crises, such as the war in Yemen, without the help of the crown prince, who could rule Saudi Arabia for decades.”
And as for Trump committing murder…
So far he hasn’t shot someone “in the middle of Fifth Avenue.”
But he has, perhaps, gotten away with murder, too
Including this man:
The man above is Mark Urquiza of Arizona, with his daughter Kristin.
Mark was 65 with no known pre-existing conditions when he contracted COVID in June 2020. He passed away on June 30, 2020, three weeks after initially contracting the virus.
In August 2020 Kristin was a speaker at the Democratic National Convention. She said:
“My dad was a healthy 65-year-old. His only pre-existing condition was trusting Donald Trump.
“And for that, he paid with his life, by trusting the President’s repeated insistence that the pandemic would go away.
“My dad, like so many others, should not have died from COVID-19.”
Kristin’s Facebook page, Marked By COVID, was started to build “an awareness campaign so fewer families are forced to endure this”: