Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, made room in his busy schedule to attend legendary boxer Muhammad Ali’s funeral.
The presence of Erdogan at such a meaningful event was wildly inappropriate and insults Ali’s legacy and our nation’s founding principles. Under Erdogan’s leadership, Turkey has moved into a new dark age.
By refusing to secure the southern Turkish border, Erdogan has allowed funds, supplies and fighters to flow into the Islamic State. He’s waged a murderous campaign against Kurdish nationalists and continues to defend Turkey’s illegal occupation of Cyrpus.
A lifelong anti-Semite, Erdogan frequently blames policy blunders on a global Jewish conspiracy.
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The Turkish president Erdogan has arrested, jailed and even tortured journalists and activists critical of his regime.
But by far the most despicable position Erdogan holds is his proud denial of the Armenian and Greek genocides committed by the Turkish state’s predecessor a century ago.
This nationalistic narrative created space for the 2007 assassination of Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, killed for his support of the genocide’s recognition.
And as if hindering the murder investigation wasn’t enough, Erdogan even refused to attend Dink’s funeral — undoubtedly a shorter trip than the one to Louisville.