He quibbles about whether the word applies, but brags about giving the order. All this shows that when the rulers commit atrocities, they have impunity.
The ruling class is above the law.
The scapegoat classes are below the law.
The system creates corruption. It creates monsters. And it deflects anger away from itself and away from the ruling class to certain scapegoat classes - using red-baiting, racism, misogyny, nationalism and the like to encourage hostility to more convenient targets.
The interests of the rich are considered the public interest. The interests of the poor are derided. The interests of people organizing for mutual aid, of people of color, of womyn, of lesbians, gays, and trans folks, of immigrants, and of people who differ from the majority culture are reduced to "special interests" at odds with the public interest.
- He ordered the torture