Shoot­ing from the hip: Trump and Duterte’s fiery quotes

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MANILA — Don­ald Trump and Ro­drigo Duterte met yes­ter­day in Manila for their first of­fi­cial talks, an oc­ca­sion that brings to­gether two of the most out­spo­ken states­men of re­cent years.

US Pres­i­dent Trump has rev­elled in his abil­ity to shock es­tab­lish­ment Amer­ica and the for­mer re­al­ity TV star en­joys a rep­u­ta­tion among sup­port­ers for straight talk­ing.

In tweets, Press con­fer­ences and at cam­paign­style ral­lies, the 71-year-old has blasted “po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness” in favour of voic­ing opin­ions pop­u­lar with his base — but anath­ema to his lib­eral foes.

His Philip­pine coun­ter­part Duterte, who is 72, built his elec­toral suc­cess on crowd-pleas­ing pledges to rid the coun­try of drugs and crime by killing tens of thou­sands of peo­ple.

Here are some no­table quotes from two pop­ulist pres­i­dents whose in­sur­gent rule has shaken their coun­tries. On vi­o­lence “If they are there in your neigh­bour­hood, feel free to call us, the po­lice or do it your­self if you have the gun. You have my sup­port,” Duterte said at a June 2016 rally, of­fer­ing ad­vice to or­di­nary Filipinos on how to deal with sus­pected crim­i­nals. “If he fights and fights to the death, you can kill him. I will give you a medal.”

“There may be some­body with toma­toes in the au­di­ence. If you see some­body get­ting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Se­ri­ously. Okay? Just knock the hell... I prom­ise you, I will pay for the le­gal fees,” Trump told sup­port­ers at a cam­paign rally in Fe­bru­ary 2016.

On the me­dia “The FAKE NEWS me­dia (fail­ing @ny­times, @ NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my en­emy, it is the en­emy of the Amer­i­can Peo­ple!” Trump tweeted a month af­ter be­ing sworn in as pres­i­dent.

“Just be­cause you’re a jour­nal­ist, you are not ex­empted from as­sas­si­na­tion if you are a son of a b****,” Duterte said in June 2016, ar­gu­ing that many of the re­porters killed in the Philip­pines, one of the most dan­ger­ous na­tions in the world for me­dia work­ers, are cor­rupt. On women “They raped all of the women... there was this Aus­tralian lay min­is­ter . . . when they took them out . . . I saw her face and I thought, ‘Son of a b****’. What a pity . . . they raped her, they all lined up,” Duterte told an April 2016 cam­paign rally about a prison riot dur­ing his time as mayor of Davao. “I was mad she was raped but she was so beau­ti­ful. I thought, the mayor should have been first,” he added.

“I moved on her like a b****, but I couldn’t get there. And she was mar­ried,” Trump told a TV host in com­ments that were caught on a hot mic in 2005 and emerged ahead of last year’s elec­tion.

“You know I’m au­to­mat­i­cally at­tracted to beau­ti­ful. I just start kiss­ing them. It’s like a mag­net. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do any­thing . . . Grab them by the p****.”

On im­mu­nity “I have the most loyal peo­ple. I could stand in the mid­dle of Fifth Av­enue and shoot some­body and I wouldn’t lose any vot­ers,” Trump said on the cam­paign trail, ex­plain­ing how some of the elec­torate would stick with him no mat­ter what.

“Par­don given to Ro­drigo Duterte for the crime of mul­ti­ple mur­der, signed Ro­drigo Duterte,” Duterte told a crowd of busi­ness­men just be­fore his elec­tion, on his plans if there are at­tempts to bring him to jus­tice for deaths in his drug war. On Obama

“An ‘ex­tremely cred­i­ble source’ has called my of­fice and told me that @Barack­Obama’s birth cer­tifi­cate is a fraud,” Trump tweeted in Au­gust 2012, at the height of the pres­i­den­tial race be­tween Barack Obama and Repub­li­can Mitt Rom­ney. — AP

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