Remember yesterday when I said that we are in trouble because we were sliding inexorably into a dictatorship? There is no doubt that is exactly what Donald Trump wants. Listen to this clip. I mean, really listen:
Trump says he wants people to treat him like North Koreans treat Kim Jung Un.— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 15, 2018
“Kim Jong Un speaks and his people pay attention. I want my people to do the same thing.”
And then … the way he laughs? Envies? Enjoys? the fact that Kim Jong Un may have killed three of his Generals, and Steve Doocy’s … uncomfortable but complicit laughter?
Ha ha ha ha because Kim had them murdered https://t.co/KNKwDaczoT— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 15, 2018
That’s the President of the United States and his propaganda arm having a chuckle over the execution of a dictator’s political enemies.
Again: He wants to be a brutal dictator, and look around, folks: With a Republican majority that refuses to stand up to him, there are fewer and fewer impediments to that.
Meanwhile, he wants to lock up a political enemy who committed no criminal acts.
Despite the IG report finding no criminal wrongdoing on James Comey's part, Steve Doocy actually asks "Should James Comey be locked up?"— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 15, 2018
Trump responds: "Certainly, they just seem like very criminal acts to me." (via FOX) pic.twitter.com/ZQVum1lQal
He says that his former campaign manager had nothing to do with his campaign.
Trump: "Manafort has nothing to do with my campaign."— Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) June 15, 2018
[Narrator: He was the campaign chairman]
He throws Michael Cohen under the bus.
“No, he’s not my lawyer,” Trump says about Michael Cohen, and says he’s not worried if Cohen cooperates because Trump “did nothing wrong."— Tom Namako (@TomNamako) June 15, 2018
He concedes that it’s OK to lie to the press.
On the Don Jr statement: "It's a statement to the New York Times, the failing New York Times…. That's not a statement to a high tribunal of judges."— Michael M. Grynbaum (@grynbaum) June 15, 2018
He blames his own brutal, inhumane treatment of immigrant families on Democrats.
Trump says “I hate to see the separation of parents and children.” Blames Dems.— Alan Rappeport (@arappeport) June 15, 2018
The man is emboldened. He says what he wants to say, and he doesn’t care, because NO ONE WILL STAND UP TO HIM. John McCain, Jeff Flake, and Ben Sasse will probably write tweets, Marco Rubio will somehow both agree with and disagree with Trump, and no one else will do a damn thing.
Motherfuckers: #Resist. We probably only have one last chance at this, and it comes in November. Canada ain’t gonna save our asses.