If the recent Brexit vote showed us anything, it’s that we shouldn’t underestimate the power of hate or ignorant people who are well-organized. While a good chunk of British voters still do support leaving the European Union, one of the biggest stories following that historic vote center around a fairly sizable percentage of those who voted for Brexit who instantly regretted their vote after the measure passed.
The mood following Brexit was reminiscent of one of those situations where some voters didn’t take the possibility of Britain leaving the EU seriously enough, then when it happened, the first thought that went through their minds was, “Just what in the heck did I actually do?”
Well, Americans should take a good, long look at what happened across the pond because Donald Trump is our version of Brexit.
He’s a populist candidate who’s built a fairly successful campaign, thus far, by manipulating and exploiting bigotry, racism, anger and ignorance.
And trust me when I say this, if those who oppose Trump don’t take him seriously enough, on November 8, 2016, he may very well get elected to become our next president. While I know his campaign seems to be a bit of a joke, and he’s about as cartoonish of a presidential candidate as we may ever see, let’s not forget that this nation elected George W. Bush not all that long ago — and we all saw how that turned out.
Don’t kid yourself, a Trump presidency would be much… much worse than anything we saw during Bush’s disastrous eight years in office.
For a glimpse of what I mean, look no further than comments Mike Huckabee made during an interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly where he literally said that Trump would “punish” those in our government, and the states in which they serve, who stood against him.
Huckabee issued this warning after Kelly brought up a meeting Trump had with Senate Republicans that sources indicate didn’t go very well. In particular, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake who apparently stood out as someone who gave the presumptive nominee the most issues. This was the infamous exchange where Trump allegedly threatened to campaign against Flake, only for the Arizona senator to inform him that he wasn’t up for re-election this year.
“Look, here’s the fact: If Donald Trump is president — I think he likely will be, and I hope he is — it will be a bad place for Jeff Flake to be in two years. Not because he will have his election upended by Donald Trump, it probably won’t be that big of an effect. But when Sen. Flake needs something for Arizona, he ain’t gonna get it. And I’m gonna tell you something: Presidents can play hardball, and can punish the people who didn’t want to stand up there with them.”
“How?” Megyn Kelly asked.
“Do you think there’ll ever be an appointment to West Point, Annapolis, or the Air Force Academy that’ll come through his office? Do you think there’ll ever be a grant with his name on it, that he’ll ever be invited to make the dedicatory speech at a road?” Huckabee stated. “I mean, I’m telling you there are ways that are painful, and you never get even so much as a White House pass for some tourists from your state.”
In other words, anyone who might dare stand up to Trump, even members of his own party, are risking suffering the wrath of “The Donald” for their lack of loyalty.
So, tell me again, how is that not essentially fascism?
Here we have a surrogate for Trump basically saying that, if elected president, he believes that the candidate he supports would be more than willing to play petty games with opposing politicians, and the states in which they govern, simply to “punish” those who do not bend to his will.
It’s one thing for a president to expect some level of party loyalty. Every president expects that on some level.
However, we’ve already seen Trump display on several occasions his willingness to try to “punish” those who he feels have slighted him. From pulling press passes from certain media entities after they were critical of him, to skipping debates in an attempt to “punish” Fox News for refusing to pull Megyn Kelly as a moderator, to his mocking and belittling those who dare stand up to him — Trump has proven that he has no problem going after those he feels are standing in the way of what he wants.
So, when someone like Mike Huckabee says that Donald Trump isn’t above “punishing” those who won’t “stand with him,” we should take that threat very seriously. We’ve already seen plenty of evidence where Trump has done exactly that.
Watch his comments below via Fox News: