There are so many horrifying aspects to the possibility of a Donald Trump presidency that it’s nearly impossible to focus on just one or two. However, one thing that should terrify all Americans (regardless of political tilt) is his continued admission that, if elected, he has no problem using the power he would be given to target political rivals and critics.
The most infamous example of this came during the second presidential debate where he promised that, if he becomes president, he’d instruct his attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor to go after Hillary Clinton because he believes she should be in jail. I know that played well to the millions of his supporters who lack the ability to think rationally or reasonably about any of this, but it was unprecedented for a presidential candidate to publicly admit that:
- They would use the power given to them as president to target political rivals.
- They would pronounce someone “guilty” without a trial.
As Keith Olbermann recently warned Trump supporters who didn’t seem to mind that he said this: What if he ever says or does something with which you finally disagree, do you not think he’d come after you, too?
If a president starts trying to jail those who oppose them, if you happen to one day ever stand up against him, you might very well find yourself in a jail cell alongside those you cheered being imprisoned.
Because that’s how dictators work.
Well, in a statement that should reinforce how awful it will be if Trump’s elected, during a rally on Saturday he said he was “looking forward” to going after the women who’ve accused him of sexual assault after he’s elected.
“All of these liars will be sued after the election,” Trump stated.
He also said he would look into any involvement the media or Clinton campaign had in these women coming forward.
For those out there criticizing these women for not coming forward before, this is why they didn’t — because Trump’s record proves that he’ll use any power he has to make the lives of those levying any sort of accusations against him a living hell.
Donald Trump has proven throughout his entire life that he’ll use his position, power and money to go after anyone who tries to go after him. He’s sued people out of spite and has been involved in over 3,500 lawsuits. This is a petty, vengeful egomaniac who literally enjoys trying to tear down those who come out against him.
Not only that, but it’s clear Trump’s making this statement in an effort to deter any other women out there that he’s sexually harassed/assaulted from coming forward. After all, if you’re a woman who was already scared to come forward out of fear of what you might face by doing so, it’s far less likely you’d do so now considering a man who could very well become our next president just bragged about the fact that he’s going to go after the women accusing him of sexual misconduct.
If you’re someone who can’t see the inherent dangers of a “President Donald Trump” by now, then you’re absolutely hopeless. This is a man who clearly wants to rule over this country like some sort of authoritarian dictator who tries to control the press, while using the power given to him as president to target his political rivals and critics.
However, he set a new standard for how disgusting he can be by publicly saying on Saturday that he fully intends to go after any woman who accuses him of sexual assault.
To put that another way: The Republican party’s presidential nominee, a man who’s on video basically admitting to sexually assaulting women, just issued a blatant threat to any woman out there who he might have sexually assaulted that if you dare to speak out against him — he’s going to come after you.
As with many days during Trump’s campaign, this is another sad and shameful day in American politics.
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