1. The GOP's Dictator Worship Tendencies: Tax Bill Example
2. An Overview Of Trump's 'Fire And Fury' Scandal
This post is simply meant to summarize the views of a variety of well respected experts that Trump is very much like a dictator/tyrant.
Expert on dictators: Trump on a path of despotism Degrading the rule of law? Appointing cronies, generals and his family? Brian Klaas’s new book "The Despot's Apprentice: Donald Trump's Attack on Democracy" says Trump's actions are the same as other despots around the world. Klaas joins Ari Melber. Duration: 4:14
Trump biographer: Trump deeply would like to be a dictator Tony Schwartz co-wrote "The Art of the Deal" with Donald Trump and he thinks the thought of starting World War III excites Trump. Schwartz also contributed to the new book, "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump." He joins Joy Reid to discuss the mental stability of the President. Duration: 6:06
Timothy Snyder explains fascism and its sounds EXACTLY like the Trump Administration...
The many ways in which Trump, and the GOP, are undermining democracy and rule of law (constitutional Government)...
Lying ... dictators are Habitual liars and Trump liars non-stop and about almost everything ...WaPo: Trump has made over 1500 misleading or false claims Since President Trump took office on January 20th, the Washington Post has been tracking one very specific statistic: all the President's falsehoods. Duration: 6:30
The most important element of the Nazi movement in Germany was its ability, in a modern democracy based on reason and science, to make non-facts (or "alternate facts") a part of everyday belief.
For Example: Trump's Inauguration Crowd Lie?
More articles explaining how Trump is an actual dictator;
Donald Trump didn't create danger of presidential dictatorship, he inherited it
DONALD TRUMP ‘WOULD PROBABLY BE A DICTATOR BY NOW’ IN ALMOST ANY OTHER COUNTRY, EXPERT SAYS
‘He Would Probably Be a Dictator by Now’ Two charter leaders of the #NeverTrump movement assess Year One.
Trump’s Dictator Chic I wrote a book about autocrats’ design tastes. The U.S. president would fit right in.
RUSH LIMBAUGH SUGGESTS TRUMP IS ACTING LIKE A DICTATOR AND IS MAKING HIM 'NERVOUS'
Trump Has All the Classic Markers of a Tyrant Tyranny inherits the worst features of other types of government.
Is the Trump Administration the Most Nepotistic in Modern American History? A new report reveals the president has made a handful of families enormously powerful.
Nepotism is alive and well in the White House. According to an investigation published by the Daily Beast on Monday, the members of least 20 families hold multiple positions in the Trump administration, joined either by blood or by marriage.
Study: Trump officials appeared on Fox News over 5 times more often than on CNN and MSNBC combined Four months of guests on cable news
On The Bill Press Show, Matt Gertz explains how Trump's FCC is helping Rupert Murdoch become more powerful
Kimmel: Trump threat to NBC is ‘what dictators do’
The British Government Is Really This Afraid of Upsetting Trump Officials fear the president could "react badly" if the Obamas are invited to the royal wedding.
Here's How Trump Is Pitting Local Police Against the FBI Malcom Nance explains how Trump is using the 'authoritarian playbook.'
Trump Is Really Trying to Set the World on Fire And the whole world burns
The Year of Trump Has Laid Bare the U.S. Constitution’s Serious Flaws Their inspirational vision needs an urgent update.
The first is that Trump has vividly demonstrated that much of what keeps a democracy intact is not enshrined in the written letter of a constitution, but resides instead in customs and conventions – norms – that are essential to civic wellbeing. Trump trampled all over those as a candidate – refusing to disclose his tax returns, for example – and has trampled over even more as president.
Convention dictated that he had to divest himself of private business concerns on taking office, to prevent a conflict of interest – but in the absence of a law explicitly forcing him to do so, he did no such thing. The same goes for appointing unqualified relatives to senior jobs, sacking the director of the FBI with no legitimate cause, or endorsing an accused child molester for the US Senate. No law told him he couldn’t, so he did.
I once thought the US constitution – a document crafted with almost mathematical precision, constructing a near-perfect equilibrium of checks and balances – offered protection against such perils. And there’s no denying that that text, as interpreted by the courts, has indeed acted as a partial roadblock in Trump’s path, delaying and diluting his Muslim-focused “travel ban”, for example.
But this year of Trump has also shown the extent to which the US has an unwritten constitution that – just like ours – relies on the self-restraint of the key political players, a self-restraint usually insisted upon by a free press. Yet when confronted with a leader unbound by any sense of shame – and shamelessness might just be Trump’s defining quality – America is left unexpectedly vulnerable.
Of course, there is a remedy, and its name is impeachment. Scholars are clear that Trump has already provided sufficient legal grounds for such a move – the case against him is far more compelling than the one against Bill Clinton. But impeachment proceedings are triggered by the House of Representatives, followed by a trial in the Senate, and nothing will happen so long as Republicans control both houses of Congress.
In 2017 we saw with new clarity that the strength of the US constitution depends entirely on the willingness of those charged with enforcing it to do their duty. And today’s Republicans refuse to fulfil that obligation. They, like Trump, are without shame. This was a fatal oversight by Hamilton, James Madison and their fellow framers of the constitution. They did not reckon on a partisanship so intense it would blind elected representatives to the national interest – so that they would, repeatedly, put party ahead of country. The founders did not conceive of a force like today’s Republican party, willing to indulge a president nakedly hostile to ideals Americans once held sacred.
My 1998 self asks me whether, say, the Westminster parliament would really be so different if confronted by a Trump-like would-be autocrat. Would individual MPs suppress their own revulsion and back him, fearing deselection by party activists if they did not – much as congressional Republicans won’t move against Trump lest they face the wrath of his base? It’s conceivable. And yet a parliamentary vote of no confidence is a lower hurdle than impeachment. Put simply, it would be easier to get rid of a British Trump.
And these weaknesses in the US model have prompted me to see others. The second amendment does not compel Americans to allow an unrestricted flow of guns into the hands of the violent and dangerous, but the fact that the argument hinges on interpretations of a text written more than two centuries ago is itself a problem. It means America, in the words of that great revolutionary Thomas Paine, is too often “like dead and living bodies chained together”, today’s generation shackled to the words of their ancestors.
Playing golf all the time...
Trump golfs for 2 days after saying it’s “back to work” President Trump spends one in every four days golfing on average, but the White House won't admit it. Duration: 2:43
Banning words (first amendment violations)...
CNN hosts a scientist to explain why Trump’s government agencies banning words is dangerous and anti-science Rush Holt: “This epidemic of neglect of evidence is really serious because if you want policies and regulations that work, they should be based on our best understanding of how things are”
This is not a highly respected person in mainstream media, but Alex Jones gets it right on what sort of person Trump is (& proving he's not a Constitutionalist or real American in the process! What a bonus!)...
Alex Jones tries to flatter Trump by comparing him to Hitler Jones: Like Trump, "Hitler did what he said he'd do"
This is just so crazy I just don't have the words!...
Trump SuperPAC spends $1M to thank Trump for 'Merry Christmas' Donald Trump has declared victory in the "assault" on the phrase "Merry Christmas." Ari Melber looks back at the dark history of the war on Christmas and Trump's own history of self-congratulations. David Frum and Jason Johnson discuss. Duration: 10:05
Evocative magazine covers call out Trump on Charlottesville Using both Nazi & white supremacist imagery, The New Yorker, The Economist, and TIME are using their latest covers to call out Pres. Trump on Charlottesville. Rick Stengel & Gillian Tett react.