Thursday, October 13, 2016

Why Trump's totalitarian vision for America is not great

John Nichols (The Nation) comments on how Donald Trump Just Summed Up His Totalitarian Vision for America in 4 Words.

The “you’d be in jail” line was antithetical to every historic and contemporary understanding of the American experiment.

Nichols reminds us of the context for Trump's words.

The first minutes of Sunday night’s clash between Trump and Clinton produced a slimier and more depressing scene: that of a candidate for the presidency of the United States proposing to use the position to encourage a “special prosecutor” to investigate his opponent and suggesting that his election would lead to her imprisonment.

After an exchange in which Trump said that, if elected, he would “instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor” to investigate her handling of e-mails, Clinton pushed back and said Trump’s remarks revealed why “It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country.”

At that point Trump put aside the talk of special prosecutors and investigations and declared that the real reason Clinton did not want him in the White House was “Because you’d be in jail.”

Trump's words are exactly opposite to the democratic tradition that has made America truly great. But it immediately got worse.

Trump, whose rallies frequently feature chants of “lock her up,” smirked. His supporters in the debate hall cheered.

That, perhaps more than Trump's words, is truly depressing. We are looking at around 40% of the American public who would give up American tradition, especially our Constitution, in favor of rule by a sexually-obsessed tin-pot dictator.

Check out Nichols' essay for Thomas Jefferson's prescient response to Trump.

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