There Was One Thing Donald Trump Said at the Debate That Should Terrify All Americans

Without a doubt, there’s a seemingly never-ending list of things that terrify me about Donald Trump. However, something he said during the second presidential debate should terrify all Americans: The moment when he said, if elected, he’d appoint a special prosecutor to go after Hillary Clinton.

Yeah, that’s a political tactic taken straight out of the “Authoritarian Dictator Handbook.”

With that one comment he admitted that he would be more than willing to try to abuse his power as president to target political rivals — or basically anyone he wants to go after. That’s exactly what dictators do when they come into power — they go after rivals and try to silence critics.

This was unprecedented for anyone running for president to say.

First, the role of the president isn’t to appoint people to legally go after specific people who he clearly already thinks are guilty. That’s not how our Constitution works. You can’t stand there on a stage and say that you’re going to appoint people to investigate someone — presumably based upon the Constitutional premise of “innocent until proven guilty” — then say that you believe that person is guilty and should be in jail.

But this goes well beyond just rhetoric against Clinton. While she was his target on Sunday night, Trump has repeatedly proven that he goes after and attacks people who are critical of him or who he views as rivals.

Where would he stop?

What if he felt a newspaper reported on something against him he felt was “illegal,” would he order government officials to go after that publication? Would he target reporters? What about any sort of threat or rival he senses to his agenda? Would it be out of the realm of possibly for him to try to abuse his power to go after a potential opponent if he were to run for re-election in 2020?

As Americans, both on the left and the right, we should all cringe any time someone seeking a position of power such as the President of the United States so brazenly talks about their predetermined belief that someone has done something illegal and that they’re willing to use their power to go after anyone who they think is guilty.

You don’t need to be a Constitutional scholar to know that’s not how our judicial system works.

In the United States we’ve built our judicial system on the premise of “innocent until proven guilty” and that everyone has the right to a fair and speedy trial. None of which include the President of the United States openly saying they believe someone is guilty, then admitting that they’re going to appoint people to go after that person.

Again, that’s how dictators work — not a Constitutionally elected president in our Republic.

While I’m sure his supporters won’t care that he said this — because it feeds right into their conspiracy-driven hated of Hillary Clinton — for the first time in U.S. history we saw a presidential candidate for a major political party admit that, if elected, he’s more than willing to use his power to go after political rivals, critics and people he thinks are guilty.

In other words, Donald Trump fully embraced the fact that he’s running to be our country’s first dictator.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • strayaway

    Hillary should be treated as any other government employee. If Army personnel get thrown in jail for doing what Hillary did with her emails, so should Hillary. Having two standards; one for the masses and another for the elite is what makes for a tyranny, not enforcing the law.

    • Marciamallow.

      Been looked into and already settled. I am more worried about his lack of understanding how government works.

      • strayaway

        Been looked into by a pretorian guard DOJ and a fearful FBI that couldn’t get past Hillary being “exceeding careless” with national security? Hillary was vetted about as well as the illegal aliens who perpetrated 9/11. Lower ranking government officials serve time for less. Hillary has already promised to issue more unconstitutional dictatorial executive orders than Obama. Hillary may understand how government works but in her own evil fly attracting way but she has given us warning that, like Obama, she will get away with everything she can.

      • Mizzou1

        What government officials have been incarcerated for less? You think you would here about them. Or is this more fear mongering and propaganda?

      • strayaway

        Ok, for starters, David Petraeus was charged with keeping classified information at home. He was given a two-year probation and a $100,000 fine. Hillary shared it on a tapped computer. See US News article, “If Your Name Isn’t Hillary, the Hammer for Mishandling Secrets”.

        “The Obama administration has filed more charges against those who leak classified information than all previous presidential administrations combined, according to a statement made by CNN’s Jake Tapper that was marked “True” by Politifact.”

        “Shamai K. Leibowitz was given 20 months in prison for sharing FBI documents to a blogger that he believed showed a “violation of the law.” Just last month, Petty Officer First Class Kristian Saucier plead guilty to taking cellphone pictures inside a classified engine room on a nuclear sub, and while “no public suggestion has been made that he ever planned to disclose the photos to anyone outside the Navy,” he could face up to thirty years in prison, though the prosecution will likely pursue a shorter sentence.””“Felony charges appear to be reserved for people of the lowest ranks. Everyone else who does it either doesn’t get charged or gets charged with a misdemeanor,” said defense attorney Edward MacMahon.” -from US Uncut article “The Government Has Prosecuted Nearly Every Violator of Secrecy Rules Before Hillary Clinton

      • DOBinTX

        Good job, strayaway!

  • 1Smith1

    And yet, tRump has already been going after anyone who criticizes him or even disagrees with his ridiculous shit. Remember how he’s banned the media from his hate fests just because they report the truth? He attacks people on twitter all the time when they disagree with him, or worse, tell the truth about him. The trouble is, tRump doesn’t want to be president. Hell, the asshole doesn’t even know the responsibilities of the president. He wants to be the dictator.

    • Ira Zimmerman

      He plans, somehow, to have the First Amendment reinterpreted. That way, he thinks he’ll be able to limit the press’ criticism of his Presidency. Freedom of the Press? Kiss that goodbye is he ever gets in.

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  • Jim Moonan

    Trump is the Isis of our political culture in America. He is a political terrorist.

  • Jim Moonan

    When Clinton put into context the accusation that she speaks one way privately and another way publicly, that’s when she finally won my vote. It is verified that her explanation of it was accurate. My point is, we are living in times that are every bit (I would argue more) as volatile and consequential as Lincoln’s times. The artistry with which Lincoln navigated through his crucible is legendary. That Clinton saw that artistry and pledges to emulate it is what we desperately need. Desperately. Mistakes will be made as we continue to address the challenges that plague the world presently.. The question is, who will employ the kind of Lincolnesque thinking to lead us through it? Obama has, and now Clinton will.


    Trump’s supporters, having no historical perspective what-so-ever, would view such a suggestion as a good thing.

  • Bathazar Xavier

    it just goes to further the point i continue to make: all of trump’s major policies are either unconstitutional, illegal, against international law, will break longstanding multi-lateral international treaties or outright stupid (or all of the above). add to this his reverse-midas touch (in spite of his claims to be such a “smart” businessman) along with his obviously evident illiteracy and there is NO excuse to vote for him…unless you’re bigoted, xenophobic, anti-lgbtq and want to take women back to the “mad men” days (pun intended).

  • David Williams

    Fornication under consent of king! This cheeto dusted douche bag feels entitled to lay with any mans wife or daughter because of his position. That’s a good way to get your neck broken.

  • Bonta-kun

    Drümpf is a mix of the Smiler from Transmetropolitan and Warren Beatty’s eponymous character from the movie Bulworth.

    Where the HELL is Spider Jerusalem when you need him, eh…

  • Mike Brasher

    Of course, he should get special prosecutor to investigate her. This is AFTER he fires Lynch and replaces Comey (that’s difficult as his term is for 8 years), and unleashes the FBI to do the job they’ve been blocked fwir a couple years. She’s a lying, cheating criminal who shoukd not even be in the running. The law absolutely states that if you mutiliate, hide or destroy any official documents, that disqualifies you for any elected or appointed office in the gov’t. Look it up!

    • paulsack

      and tRUMP is a serial molester, so he should be arrested, tried, convicted and jailed. See, thats the way we do things here in America, where we have a constitution. What tRUMP wants is a fascist dictatorship where anyone can be arrested for disagreeing with Heir tRUMP.

  • jimmyjamesss

    Trump is showing he intends to take the Nixon “Enemies List” to a whole new level!