An Authoritarian in the White House.
Trump’s rallies are also where some of the president’s most dangerous impulses get fleshed out into the open, like earlier this month in Panama City Beach, Florida, when he joked about shooting migrants at the border. His appearance at the Williamsport Regional Airport on Monday was no exception, providing the latest, terrifying look into the president’s tendency toward authoritarianism, which is becoming less of a tendency and more of an full-throated embrace as he continues to bend the government to his will.
Not only is it terrifying that DJT keeps chanting "lock her up" or when speaking about the FBI " lock them up"... but it IS authoritarian behavior and if we don't shut these insane impulses down IMMEDIATELY, we are going to find ourselves in a position we cannot come back from.
In addition... THIS is horrifying...
Another hallmark of authoritarianism is refusing to give up power. Again, Trump is no stranger to entertaining the idea of hanging around the White House for longer than the Constitution stipulates. He has on several occasions “joked” about staying in office for more than two terms. This, too, seems like something that could never actually happen in America. As with jailing one’s political enemies, that’s only true until it isn’t.
“We’re going to have a second [term], and then we’re going to have another one,” Trump said Monday night. “We’ll drive them crazy. And maybe if we really like it a lot, and if things keep going like they are going, we’ll go and we’ll do what we have to do, and a three [terms] and a four, and a five.”
BELIEVE ME, this isn't a joke. Nancy Pelosi has said that she doesn't want to get caught up with the impeachment proceedings so we can fully focus on the 2020 election and win by a very large margin.
“We have to inoculate against that, we have to be prepared for that,” she told the New York Times earlier this month, speaking of the prospect that Trump will refuse to cede power should he lose.
“He would poison the public mind,” she added of her thinking prior to the 2018 midterm election. “He would challenge each of the races; he would say you can’t seat these people. We had to win. Imagine if we hadn’t won — oh, don’t even imagine. So, as we go forward, we have to have the same approach.”
Y'all... our speaker of the house is basically saying YES he DOES need to be impeached, but she doesn't think that will be successful due to the Republican Senate majority AND who knows if DJT will even abide. THAT'S INSANE. She's also saying that unless we win by a large margin, that she's legitimately worried he will try to stay in office longer... GAH!!
(Cover Photo Cred: Evan Vucci)