Like clockwork, whenever Trump is suffering from some sort of emotional breakdown, he scurries off to cuddle in the comforting embrace of his adoring sycophants at Fox News. So no one will be surprised that, as his legal perils mount, Trump sat down for yet another fluffing session with his BFF Sean Hannity.
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Facing 91 felony counts that include financial fraud, sexual abuse, and efforts to undermine democracy, is clearly weighing on Trump. The rage-posting that he engages in on his failing Truth Social website are becoming more unhinged by the hour. The rhetoric he disgorges at his cult rallies descends into a frothy and unbridled fury. And his malicious attacks on his perceived enemies grows ever more distant from reality.
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A particularly disturbing portion of Trump's "interview" with Hannity came when Hannity asked a question that ought to have been easy for him to answer without submerging himself in controversy and shame. Hannity wound up a nerf ball pitch to counter recent and accurate criticisms of Trump as an aspiring authoritarian. Trump's response was pure Trump...
Hannity: They want to call you a dictator. You used the words "I am your retribution." Now, before that you said if you've been wronged, and you used other words as well. But I want to be very, very clear on this. To be clear, do you in any way have any plans whatsoever, if reelected president, to abuse power, to break the law, to use the government to go after people?
Trump: You mean like they’re using right now. So, in the history of our country, what's happened to us, again, has never happened before. Over nonsense. Over nothing. Made-up charges. I often say Al Capone - he was one of the greatest of all time, if you like criminals. He was a mob boss the likes of which -- "Scarface," they called him - and he got indicted once. I got indicted four times. [...]
Hannity: The media has been focused on this and attacking you. Under no circumstances, you are promising America tonight, you would never abuse power as retribution against anybody?
Trump: Except for day one. I want to close the border and I want to drill, drill, drill. [...] He says, "you’re not going to be a dictator are you?" I said "no, no, no." Other than day one. We’re closing the border and we’re drilling, drilling, drilling. After that, I’m not a dictator.
Hannity's flagrantly leading question could not have been squishier. It was intended to give Trump an opportunity to smack it out of the park with a firm denial of any tyrannical cravings. But Trump was typically too dense to take the glaring hint, despite getting two shots at it. Instead, Trump ignored the question entirely. After whining about his multiple indictments, he actually conceded that he would act as a dictator on his very first day in office. And what dictator has ever surrendered that power once assumed?
Trump and Hannity both neglect to mention that Trump has explicitly stated that, if returned to the White House, he would use the Justice Department to persecute his political foes; that he would use the military to suppress any dissent directed at him; that he would ban immigration on the basis of religion; that he would incarcerate his opponents in concentration camps; and that he would even "terminate" the Constitution. Other than that...
Trump followed up his "temporary" tyrant boast by promising that he would thereafter be a model of democratic liberty. Never mind that he already proved his abhorrence of American principles by inciting his attempted coup on January 6th. No sane person would believe his promises now. And he has only reaffirmed his despotic desires ever since. What follows are just a few recent examples of Trump's authoritarian dreams...
Trump Threatens to ‘Come Down Hard on’ MSNBC and ‘Make Them Pay’ for Daring to Criticize Him
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Trump’s Uber-MAGA 2024 Campaign Message Reeks of the 3rd Reich Rhetoric of the ‘Final Battle’
“2024 is our final battle. With you at my side, we will demolish the Deep State, we will expel the warmongers from our government, we will drive out the globalists, we will cast out the Communists, Marxists, and Fascists, we will throw off the sick political class that hates our Country, we will rout the Fake News Media, we will evict Joe Biden from the White House, and we will FINISH THE JOB ONCE AND FOR ALL!”
Trump Spokesman Uses Vile Nazi Rhetoric in His Denial that Trump Used Vile Nazi Rhetoric
“We will root out the communists, Marxists, fascists, and radical left thugs that live like vermin within the confines of our country, that lie, and steal, and cheat on elections [and] all the rest of the Radical Left Zealots and Thugs who have been working illegally for years to 'take me down,' will end up, because of their suffering from a horrible disease, TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME (TDS!), in a Mental Institution by the time my next term as President is successfully completed."
Wannabe Dictator Trump Declares His Intention to Obstruct Justice and Undermine the Constitution
“The whole election was a lie. As president I will be creating a 'Truth and Reconciliation Commission' to shed sunlight on every dark and rotten corner of Washington, D.C., starting with Biden. [and] We will completely overhaul the DOJ to investigate every Marxist prosecutor in America for their illegal racist-in-the-reverse enforcement of the law.”
Trump Literally Pledges to Stage ‘RIGGED’ Trials to Punish Democrats for Upholding the Law
"I have a very partisan and angry Judge, a Corrupt Attorney General...This is a RIGGED TRIAL, right out of a Banana Republic, but sadly, it gives the Republicans the right to do the same thing when we assume office."
Wannabe Dictator Trump Promises to Prosecute the ‘Country Threatening Treason’ of the Media
"They are almost all dishonest and corrupt, but Comcast, with its one-side and vicious coverage by NBC NEWS, and in particular MSNBC, often and correctly referred to as MSDNC (Democrat National Committee!), should be investigated for its ‘Country Threatening Treason.’ [and] I say up front, openly, and proudly, that when I WIN the Presidency of the United States, they and others of the LameStream Media will be thoroughly scrutinized [...] They are a true threat to Democracy and are, in fact, THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!"