It’s obvious to anyone rational that Donald Trump doesn’t want to be a president, he wants to be a dictator. In his short time in office, and throughout his campaign, he displayed many of the same characteristics you find among authoritarian dictator-types like Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un, and the Chinese government.
While dictatorships may have some traits that differ depending on the situation, a strong disdain and opposition for an open and free media is something all oppressive regimes have in common. The last thing any propaganda-pushing authoritarian tyrant wants is for the citizens of their nation to be well-informed by a media that holds the country’s leadership accountable. What dictators want is to create the illusion of “freedom of the press,” while using the media as nothing more than a tool to push whatever propaganda they want their citizens to believe.
Or as the Trump administration put it a few weeks ago, to “promote their agenda.”
Well, based upon Sean Spicer’s own words from this past December, Trump’s decision to ban several major media outlets from a press briefing on Friday was a move that only a dictatorship would make:
We have respect for the press when it comes to the government, that it is something you can’t ban an entity from — conservative, liberal or otherwise. That makes a democracy a democracy versus a dictatorship. I think there is a vastly different model when it comes to government and what should be expected, and that’s on both sides.
That’s Trump’s current press secretary, one of the most prominent members of his administration, saying that when a government bans the press from having access to it, then it’s no longer behaving like a democracy — but a dictatorship.
It’s exactly what Trump did on Friday. While he allowed access for some media outlets, he banned several major news networks, newspapers, websites, and the foreign media from having a meeting with his press secretary. Shockingly, there were no conservative media outlets on his “banned list.” Like a good dictator, Trump certainly isn’t going to limit access to networks, newspapers, or websites that serve as nothing more than his own personal cheerleaders, pushing whatever propaganda he wants them to.
Again, those are the exact words of a prominent member and spokesman for Trump’s administration, Sean Spicer, saying back in December that any government that would do exactly what Trump did on Friday is operating like a dictatorship. Especially when you consider these moves by Trump are really his attempt to intimidate these media outlets by restricting access hoping they’ll stop reporting information he doesn’t want people to know about with the hope that by appeasing Trump, they might once again gain access.
While our Constitution prevents a full-on dictatorship, it’s clear Donald Trump’s doing everything he can to run his administration just like one. And until congressional Republicans either stand up to him, or Democrats take back power in 2018 to do the job the GOP’s too cowardly to do, this nation is going to continue to be led by the closest thing to a full-on dictator we’ve ever seen in this country.
Watch Sean Spicer’s comments below via the Washington Post:
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