Trump’s Longing for Authoritarian Rule

Trump longs for uncontested authoritarian rule of the United States.  His desire is often overtly evident.  He says it.  If you ask Sarah Sanders, the usual responses are: “He’s joking (get a sense of humor),” or “Clearly what he meant was…”

Why does Trump never challenge any of the world’s dictators on their human rights issues?  His administration will say, “We did address that,” or, “President Trump has clearly brought this issue up on multiple occasions…” but if you look, you can’t find any evidence anywhere that that was ever the case, aside from Niki Haley at the UN.  What you will find is ample evidence of Trump making apologetic excuses for other dictators and even tacitly approving of human rights abuses.

Whereas the nuclear deal with the government of Iran was insufficient for not being comprehensive, any deal with Kim Jung-un doesn’t even have the pretense of being comprehensive.  Not only was the issue of human rights not broached, Kim Jung-un was purposefully lauded with praise for how he runs his country, “So we can be friends,” and “So you don’t have a missile fall on your house.”

There is also ample evidence of nepotism, corruption, self-dealing, and all manner of shenanigans in this administration that are what would be considered symptomatic of autocratic rule.  We have seen Trump act as if the value of human life was trivial unless it could be effectively used as a pawn.  DACA seemed great as a pawn to get his monument to stupidity, until that fell through.  Now, immigrants on the southern border are an acceptable form of leverage for the same monument.  Trump literally sees little value in human life by threatening nuclear war as a “policy,” meant to display how incredibly tough he thinks he is.  Puerto Ricans cost too much.  Minorities should be disenfranchised if it means more votes for Trump and fascists are A-OK, again, if it means more votes for Trump.  LBGTQ folks-you’re out.  Evangelicals are the ruling faith…so long as they tow the line.

Trump has unilaterally declared US policies without any protocol, advisement, or a concern for whom it might “put-out”.  He should just be able to do that kind of thing as far as he’s concerned.  He’s said he’d send the military to the southern border to battle illegal immigration, even though he can do not such thing.  He’ll unilaterally send the national guard to Chicago to combat gun violence.  He’ll get involved with the DOJ and direct them as they should act.  He’s confounded why it is he can not do such things…yet.

He loves the power of the pardon.  Forget the review, or proper way of doing this, he should be able to just snap his fingers and make it so…and he has.  If you have enough clout or prestige or public standing you may also petition the royal court for the opportunity to kiss his ring and ask for a little bit of that pardon magic.  He was benevolent enough to offer this to those that might protest in the NFL.  See what a wise and just leader he is?

Likewise, he should be able to pass death sentences.  He has said this several times.  Testing the waters to see if the public is ready to take that step to full dictatorship.  Are we getting close?

He should be able to run the country into the ground as he sees fit, like he has done with so many of his businesses.  Except in this case, he has guys with guns and tanks and battleships at his disposal. He literally has the lives of million of people in his hands, and it feels fucking great.  So long as Trump receives the adulation he rightly deserves, anything is acceptable to that end.  Anything.

January 24, 2016

“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jan/24/donald-trump-says-he-could-shoot-somebody-and-still-not-lose-voters

February 1, 2016

Among the many, many times Trump attempted to encourage his followers to be aggressively hostile to the media (whom treat him so unfairly) at one of his cult rallies, came this particularly noteworthy attempt at inciting violence against anyone who would stand up to Trump: “If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously, OK? Just knock the hell … I promise you I will pay for the legal fees. I promise, I promise.”

October 10, 2016

“If I win,” Donald Trump threatened Hillary Clinton during Sunday night’s debate, “I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation.”

October 20, 2016

Trump declares the election results would be legitimate, “If I win,” but he would challenge them if he loses.

 

February 6, 2017

There is the ceaseless praise for Putin, which most recently took form in Trump advocating the return Of Russia to the G7 despite the reason why they are not in the G7, which Trump doesn’t seem to be particularly aware of or even give a fuck about. Here’s 80 times from 2013-early 2017 Trump spoke of Putin, including the blanket apologist statement for Putin killing every adversary that gets in his way, “There are a lot of killers,” Trump says. “Do you think our country is so innocent? Do you think our country is so innocent?” -the same blanket statement he used for Kim Jung-un in June 2018.

Friday March 3, 2017

President Donald Trump bemoaned a decision not to investigate Hillary Clinton after the 2016 presidential election, decrying a “rigged system” that still doesn’t have the “right people” in place to fix it, during a freewheeling speech to Republican donors in Florida on Saturday.  In the closed-door remarks, a recording of which was obtained by CNN, Trump also praised China’s President Xi Jinping for recently consolidating power and extending his potential tenure, musing he wouldn’t mind making such a maneuver himself.

“He’s now president for life. President for life. No, he’s great,” Trump said. “And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot some day.”

Trump later said at another cult pep rally that he was joking.

 

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May 12, 2017

Trump threatens to cut off all aid to all countries unless the UN votes the way he likes. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/20/world/middleeast/trump-threatens-to-end-american-aid-were-watching-those-votes-at-the-un.html

 

July 28th, 2017

Trump has time and time again reveled in talking about MS-13 and his fixation on how, and in what ways, they kill people.  He really enjoys discussing the matter as he did at this pep rally.  Then on to the subject of criminals in general:

“When you see these towns and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in, rough, and I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice,’

“Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over, like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody, don’t hit their head, I said, ‘You can take the hand away, OK?’

Sarah Sanders says about Trump endorsing police brutality, “I believe he was making a joke at the time,” Come on, get a sense of humor.

July 29, 2017

Trump threatens to stop government payments to all health insurance companies unless he gets the destruction of the ACA that he so desires.  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-trump-idUSKBN1AE0QQ

 

August 22, 2017

Trump threatens a government shutdown unless he gets his monument to stupidity. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-23/trump-threatens-government-shutdown-to-secure-border-wall-funds

September 19, 2017

Trump threatens to totally destroy North Korea. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-un-north-korean-leader-suicide-mission-n802596

September 21, 2017

On Dictator-wannabe Turkey’s Erdogan: “We have a great friendship as countries and I think we’re right now as close as we’ve ever been,” and that the Turkish leader “has evolved very strongly, and frankly he’s getting very high marks.”

September 22, 2017

Black men not showing the appropriate level of nationalism?- “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’”

October 11, 2017 Trump threatens to pull NBC’s broadcast license after they reported what a fucking idiot he was about the US nuclear arsenal. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41584194

 

October 12, 2017

Trump threatens to pull troops out of Puerto Rico trying to stop a damn from breaking. https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-threatens-to-pull-troops-working-to-save-puerto-rican-dam-from-blowing

 

November 13, 2017

Meeting with Philippines dictator Rodrigo Duterte-

“We have a great relationship.”  Trump says he brought up human rights violations in private with Duterte, but Duterte spokesman says no such conversation ever happened.  When reporters tried to ask the two questions, Trump said, “You are the spies,” while looking at the gaggle of reporters.  Trump and Duterte had a great laugh about that as the reporters were jostled out of the room.

 

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February 5, 2018

Trump says Democrats are treasonous for not showing the proper level of adulation that he expects at his “State of the Union” address.

Sarah Sanders:  White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday the President was “clearly joking” when he made the comment.  “He was making the point that even when good things are happening they are still sitting there angry,” she said.

March 1, 2018

“Some countries have a very, very tough penalty — the ultimate penalty — and by the way, they have much less of a drug problem than we do,”

March 10, 2018

From a Trump cult-member pep-rally, I transcribed some of what Trump said in this post.  The usual word-salad with notable quotes like:

“The only thing these gang members understand is toughness. We have the toughest people you’ve ever seen. They grab them by the neck.”

“The only way to solve the drug problem is toughness.”

“When I was in China…not much of a drug problem, what do you attribute that to? The death penalty.”

“Singapore- if we catch a drug dealer-death penalty.”

 

 

 

June 9, 2018

Trump threatens to end all trade with US Allies. http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/06/trump-threatens-to-end-all-trade-with-allies.html

June 14, 2018

After declaring Kim Jung-un is a “very worthy” leader who “loves his people,” Trump noted that N. Korean propaganda TV was fantastic and the female news anchor he was watching should work for Fox News.  He joked that even Fox News was “not as lavish in it’s praise” as N. Korean, State-run media.

June 15, 2018  Trump threatens to send 25 million Mexicans to Japan.  http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-pol-trump-mexicans-japan-20180615-story.html

June 15, 2018

On Kim Jung-un:  “Hey, he’s the head of a country. And I mean he is the strong head. … He speaks and his people sit up at attention.[Pointing to the West Wing.]I want my people to do the same.”

Asked about the comment a few minutes later during his first-ever gaggle on the North Lawn, Trump said: “I’m kidding. You don’t understand sarcasm. Who are you with? Wait, wait, who are you with? Who are you with? … You’re with CNN!  Hey, you are the worst.”

Trump also had a great yuk-yuk moment when in the same “interview” he described how some of North Korea’s military leaders were fired, with special emphasis on “fired” several times, as in the real knee-slapper “killed“.

 

 

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