While our Constitution prevents Donald Trump from being an actual dictator, his attitude and behavior make it abundantly clear that’s exactly what he wants to be. Even beyond his behavior, the way in which he seems to admire and idolize authoritarian leaders like Vladimir Putin or Kim Jong-un are clear signs that he wants to unilaterally wield his power to make people do what he wants — without question — more so than he wants to be someone who follows the laws and rules set by our Constitution.
And it’s plainly obvious the fact that he’s not able to rule like one of these authoritarian dictators as “president” is really ticking him off.
Since he’s unable to control what the media says about him, he’s done everything he can to undercut the credibility of their reporting. From labeling any information he doesn’t want people to believe as “FAKE NEWS,” to cherry-picking information from many of those sources whenever they report something positive about him, he’s done everything he can to push the narrative that anything negative about him is fake, while everything positive is absolutely true.
Unlike dictators who can control what the media reports, our First Amendment prevents Trump from having that sort of control. Though I’m certain he’d love nothing more than for any and all media outlets to have to get White House approval before publishing a story.
You know — just like a dictator.
Then there’s the fact that he’s lashed out at judicial rulings, apparently attempted to obstruct justice, then fired the head of the FBI, in part, for not giving in to his demands to kill an on-going investigation into whether or not his campaign committed treason during last year’s election.
Donald Trump is someone who, nearly every single time he can’t control something, publicly lashes out at whatever obstacle is getting in his way. Or in the case of James Comey, utilizing his power to get rid of him after the former head of the FBI wouldn’t bend to his will.
Well, a new report indicates that Trump is now furious with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, not only for apparently the much weaker travel ban that was blocked by the courts a few weeks ago, but for recusing himself from the Russia investigations following the news that he had lied to Congress about his contact with Russian officials during last year’s campaign.
According to The New York Times:
When Mr. Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation, Mr. Trump learned about it only when he was in the middle of another event, and he publicly questioned the decision.
A senior administration official said Mr. Trump has not stopped burning about the decision, in occasional spurts, toward Mr. Sessions. Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, who was selected by Mr. Sessions and filled in when it came to the Russia investigation, ultimately appointed Robert S. Mueller III, a former F.B.I. director, as special counsel to lead the probe.
In other words, Trump’s quite angry that Sessions, someone he likely views as much more of a puppet than Rosenstein, recused himself without discussing it with him first. Now that a special counsel has been appointed, Trump’s lost what little control he thought he might have over these investigations related to potential collusion between his campaign and Russia.
What’s bothering Trump the most is that, unlike someone like Putin or Kim Jong-un, he can’t control what’s going on. Though it’s apparent he’s definitely trying to do so.
Sadly, none of this should surprise anyone. From the very beginning, it’s been clear that, if he were to win, Trump wanted to be able to rule like a dictator rather than a “president.” And now that he’s realizing he can’t just tell people to do something and they’ll do it, especially as it relates to these on-going investigations into his campaign, it’s driving him insane (more so than normal) that, thanks to our Constitution, he can’t be the authoritarian dictator he desperately wants to be.