It did not take but 20 minutes last night for Donald Trump to slip into Rodrigo Duterte mode.
“If I win,” he warned, “I’m going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation, because there’s never been so many lies, so much deception.”
Trump’s bald-faced threat to manipulate the president’s office to prosecute a political rival was breath-taking in its casual lawlessness; he was in effect promising to jail anyone who dares stand against him, much as Duterte has murdered drug dealers in “his” country.
Just as chilling was the applause Trump’s promise received; that reaction only underscores the fact that much of our citizenry (the “basket of deplorables”, if you will) has yet to evolve past the blood and sand of ancient Roman arenas. 1
“It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country,” Mrs. Clinton responded.
Truer words were never spoken.
“Because,” Mr. Trump replied, “you’d be in jail.”
Duterte Trump doubled down on dictatorship – that’s who he is, an individual who believes his desire to imprison those who disagree with him is not only correct, it’s his due.
Surely that not who we want leading our country, right, America?
Wake up, people.
- We understand that history is leaving a large segment of America behind; in the future privilege will not necessarily be passed along to this country’s Caucasians; Christianity (already waning) may take a back seat to America’s newest de facto idée fixe within a generation. We understand and, to a degree, sympathize. However electing a dictator wannabe like Trump won’t halt all these things. It will only make the coming transition more violent and bloody than need be. Sadly, we suspect very few of the deplorables understand this. Certainly none of their “leaders” are willing to explain it to them. ↩