Trump’s Unhinged Rants and Dangerously Erratic Behavior are Rooted in One Thing

Long before he was ever elected “president,” Donald Trump made it clear that if he won, he fully intended to try to rule over the United States like a dictator. This isn’t a man who respects our rule of law, the Constitution, or even our system of checks and balances — he just wants power.

That’s obvious in the way he’s lived his life and seems to have an affinity for the control authoritarian tyrants like Vladimir Putin wield over their countries. Let’s not forget, while Trump’s praise of the Russian president is what’s talked about most, the current “president” has also made comments where he admired the so-called “strength” of serial-killing mass-murderers like Kim Jong-Un and Saddam Hussein.

Even when you look at Trump’s frequent rants on Twitter, most of them are rooted in his frustration that our Constitution prevents him from being a dictator.

He attacks our freedom of the press, the sworn enemy of all tyrants, not because the media is actually lying about him, or making up “fake news” as he frequently likes to claim, but because he can’t control what they’re saying about him. Like most dictators, Trump thinks the media should serve no other purpose than to perpetuate the lies and propaganda he wants reported. That’s why he spends so much time trying to attack the media’s credibility. Since he can’t control what they say, his only other option is to try to slander those who report the truth about him, while pushing the conspiracy that any and all negative information is some sort of “conspiracy against him.”

Then there’s the way he talks about Congress. If you listen to what Trump says, he makes it abundantly clear that he thinks Congress’ job is to work for him, not the American people. His rhetoric and the way he often attacks lawmakers on Twitter are clear signs that he believes his party members should be loyal to him instead of the country. He doesn’t show our elected lawmakers any sort of respect. He treats them like subordinates who are his employees instead of what they really are, elected representatives for the American people. It eats away at him that he can’t sit behind his desk and dictate to members of Congress what they can or cannot do.

How about his tirades against our judicial system?

Donald Trump is someone who seems to think his power should overrule our nation’s Third Branch of government. Time after time, Trump proves that he doesn’t believe judges should have the ability to overrule something he supports.

There’s also how he acts about the Department of Justice and the FBI.

While most presidents have kept a clear wall between the White House and the Department of Justice, Trump often lashes out at the DOJ, and even the FBI, for not investigating who he thinks they should be investigating — which isn’t how this works.

That’s not how any of this works.

The reason presidents are supposed to keep a wall between the White House, the DOJ, and our law enforcement agencies is because they’re not supposed to be trying to use them as political weapons to go after people they see as rivals or enemies. The DOJ, FBI, and other U.S. intelligence agencies are meant to be impartial, non-partisan agencies governed by our laws and our Constitution, not the unhinged rants of a madman who’s desperately trying to distract Americans from the litany of scandals plaguing his administration.

Yet Trump obviously believes that he should have the power to oversee and influence the DOJ, FBI, and the rest of our judicial system.

Of course, that’s completely ludicrous. Especially when you factor in the reality that he’s under criminal investigation.

I truly believe when all is said and done, Trump’s going to make Richard Nixon’s corruption look like nothing by comparison.

The bottom line is, most of Trump’s frustrations are centered around the simple reality that he desperately wants to be a dictator, but he can’t. Almost every day he lashes out at key pillars on which this country was founded (the freedom of the press, our system of checks and balances, Congress, our Third Branch of government, our law enforcement agencies), not because there’s some “deep state conspiracy working against him,” but simply because, unlike other authoritarian tyrants, he doesn’t have the unilateral ability to wield his power to make them bow down and do what he wants.

It’s as simple as that.

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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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