By now it’s undeniable that Donald Trump is nothing more than a wannabe dictator. This is a man who’s running an administration built on blatant propaganda, unfounded conspiracies, and yells “fake” whenever anyone debunks his never-ending stream of lies. He’s someone who constantly pushes some ridiculous conspiracy whenever anyone uses facts or reality to call out his bullshit.
This is the textbook behavior of a dictator.
One of the main traits all dictators share is a strong disdain for a free an open media. It’s impossible to maintain any sort of authoritarian dictatorship if your nation’s media isn’t letting you get away with brainwashing your citizens. That’s why there’s no such thing as true “freedom of the press” in places like China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Cuba. Those are nations ruled by brutal regimes that do everything they can to control, manipulate and censor the information their citizens receive.
So it’s not remotely shocking to see the pathological-lying Trump incessantly whine about the media. The last thing this idiot wants is for the American people to be factually informed about all the unconstitutional, incompetent, and horrible things he’s trying to get away with.
Well, he took things to a whole other level on Tuesday, refusing to send anyone from his administration to any network that might actually debunk their lies or ask them tough questions.
“We’re sending surrogates to places where we think it makes sense to promote our agenda,” said a White House official.
Before going forward, let the phrase “promote our agenda” sink in for a moment. That’s a White House official literally saying that Trump wants the media to “promote his agenda,” and if they won’t, he won’t allow members of his administration to appear on their network.
This is essentially his administration blackmailing the media. This is Trump saying that any network that refuses to help him “promote his agenda” — or dares to not let his people get away with blatantly lying — won’t be allowed to interview anyone from his administration.
We’ve never seen anything like this.
Republicans and Trump supporters can spin this how they want, but this is how dictators behave. Donald Trump doesn’t want the media to be “free and open,” he wants it to serve as nothing more than a vessel for him to push his propaganda and “promote his agenda.”
That’s not what the media is for!
In a country with the freedom of the press (you know, like the United States has outlined in our First Amendment), the media’s job is to hold people accountable, inform citizens of facts, ask tough questions, and call out lies when necessary. It’s not there to help an administration “promote its agenda.”
But that’s exactly what Trump wants the media to do. He wants every network to act like Fox News’ Sean Hannity. Someone who’ll lob him softball questions, kiss his ass, and serve as nothing but his own personal cheerleader.
Donald Trump and his cronies desperately want every media outlet — including everybody involved in the White House press corps — to act like a far-right conservative pulled from the comments on a Breitbart article. Again, that’s not what the media is supposed to do.
This is all such an absolute joke.
Donald Trump wants to rule over the United States the same way Vladimir Putin rules over Russia. He wants to be able to get away with whatever he feels like while everyone tells him he’s amazing and the media regurgitates his propaganda.
Unfortunately for him, people like myself — who make up the majority of the country — aren’t going to allow that to happen. Donald Trump is clearly trying to destroy this country from within, but he’s going to fail because there are more people against him than with him.
And our numbers are growing every single day.
I don’t see these days he’s in power as “another day of his presidency,” I just see them as one day closer to his eventual impeachment.