By now most people have already heard about how Donald Trump responded to recount efforts in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania by proclaiming that there were millions — literally millions — of people who voted illegally all over the country.
Ignoring for a moment the fact that anyone stupid enough to actually believe that clearly doesn’t have any idea how elections are carried out, or how the votes are calculated (it’s basically impossible for millions of people to have voted illegally), this buffoon is actually claiming that the election he won was filled with illegal votes.
Yes, our president-elect is so bizarrely unstable that he would go on Twitter to publicly state that an election he won was filled with millions of illegal votes. A claim that, if true, would actually be a great argument to have the results of the entire election suspended pending an extensive investigation.
Though as most sane people know, Trump’s claims are completely ridiculous. They’re nothing more than an immature reaction from an egomaniac responding to growing criticism over the fact that he’s going to become our next president even though he’s ultimately going to lose the popular vote by around 3-4 million votes.
As for the recount, honestly, it’s really a whole lot of nothing — but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth looking into. With as many controversies that have swirled around this election relating to the Russian government trying to influence it through cyber attacks, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to show extreme caution when anything shows signs that there could possibly be irregularities involved.
Ultimately this whole recount thing is going to be nothing more than one of many footnotes to the nightmare that’s going to be the Donald Trump presidency.
However, there’s one story that’s emerged from all of this that I think should scare the hell out of every single person in this country.
Since Hillary Clinton threw her support behind this recount, I’ve seen several reports suggesting that her doing so might push Trump to rethink whether or not he will push for charges against her concerning her use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State. He made the stance a pillar of his campaign, especially during the last few weeks, then he quickly backtracked on it almost immediately after the election.
While this has been talked about and mentioned by a few, it should really be a much bigger story than it is.
The decision on whether or not to prosecute someone should be based on nothing more than whether or not you believe that a legitimate crime was committed. The threat of legal prosecution damn sure shouldn’t be used by a man who’s going to be our next president as a threat against political rivals or enemies.
No one — let alone our next president — should ever use the threat of legal recourse against an opponent, critic or someone who disagrees with them on an issue. Threatening people with prosecution is not meant to be a weapon at the disposal of those who have the power to wield it — especially a president.
So, for this idea to now be floating out there that Trump might be thinking of going after Clinton because she’s backing this recount is straight out of the “How to Be a Dictator” handbook.
Then again, this is who Trump is. He’s always been an egomaniacal bully who’s used his power to go after people who anger him. This is someone who’s filed lawsuits against people out of spite. This is a petty, insecure man-child who wants everyone to bend to his will, do what he says and often goes after anyone who he feels has slighted him in any way.
And he’s just a few weeks away from being the most powerful person on the planet.
The nature of politics often brings with it a whole lot of over-the-top hyperbole, but I’m not exaggerating when I say that I’m legitimately worried of what we’re going to see over the next four years. This nation didn’t elect someone who wants to be our next president, we elected someone who wants to be our first dictator.
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