Dictator Trump--Part 6: Former Trump Officials Sound The Alarm

Submitted by Robin Messing on Wed, 03/20/2024 - 2:51pm

You can learn a lot about a person by seeing how he talks about his former employees and how his former employees talk about him. I wrote a post back in June 2020 to examine whether Trump had kept his promise to hire only the best people--and I wanted used his own words as a measure to determine whether Trump had achieved his goal. Now it is time to write about what his former employees have to say about him. What they say about him could shed further light on whether Trump really wants to be a vengeful dictator or not.

Let's start with Trump's former National Security Advisor, John Bolton.

My Open Letter To President Biden: Please Pardon Michael Cohen

Submitted by Robin Messing on Sun, 02/25/2024 - 11:35am

Dear President Biden,

Please give Michael Cohen a full pardon. I ask you this because he has more than earned it. I base this claim on three reasons.
First, he has admitted the depths of his depravity after what I am sure was much painful soul searching. He did not hold back in blaming himself for his crimes in service to Donald Trump. This is from page 105 of “Disloyal: A Memoir”

But here’s the ugly truth—a motive I shared with deep and abiding regret and shame, and one only unearthed after much soul searching and reflection as I painted the walls in prison and stared at the ceiling from my bunk. The real real truth about why I wanted Trump to be president was because I wanted the power that he would bring to me. I wanted to be able to crush my enemies and rule the world. I know it sounds crazy, but look at what Trump is doing now: running the world, into the ground, but still, he literally rules. Underneath all the layers of delusion and wishful thinking and willful ignorance and stupidity, I was like Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings", lusting after the power that would come from possessing the White House—'my precious’—and I was more than willing to lie, cheat, and bully to win.

Dictator Trump--Part 5: There Will Be Blood In The Streets--Tiananmen Square-Style--If Trump Wins In 2024

Submitted by Robin Messing on Wed, 01/03/2024 - 6:31pm

As I mentioned in the introduction to this series of articles, I predicted that Donald Trump would be an existential threat to our democracy--and I made that prediction roughly two weeks before the 2016 election.

The previous articles in this series have set the stage for my new prediction: If Trump is elected in 2024, we will see at least one—and very possibly more—Tiananmen Square-style massacres on U.S. soil.

Dictator Trump--Part 4: The Road To Dictatorship Will Be Paved Over The Bodies Of Minorities

Submitted by Robin Messing on Wed, 01/03/2024 - 6:29pm

I argued in my last column that Project 2025 will enable Donald Trump to wield great power. But Trump is running on two agendas that could expand his power exponentially. And whether intended or not, minorities will suffer the most as Trump solidifies his dictatorship.

Trump's two dangerous agendas involve a declaration of war against Mexican drug cartels to counter the fentanyl epidemic and a program that will deport suspected members of drug cartels without due process and that will require building massive detention camps to hold undocumented immigrants for deportation.

Dictator Trump--Part 3: Project 2025 and Donald Trump's Thirst For Revenge

Submitted by Robin Messing on Wed, 01/03/2024 - 5:25pm

The takeaway from my last column is simple, but horrific: Donald Trump wants to become a dictator for the purpose of revenge. But how will do this? How will he expand the already awesome power of the presidency? This story by the Washington Post provides part of the answer.

Donald Trump and his allies have begun mapping out specific plans for using the federal government to punish critics and opponents should he win a second term, with the former president naming individuals he wants to investigate or prosecute and his associates drafting plans to potentially invoke the Insurrection Act on his first day in office to allow him to deploy the military against civil demonstrations.

Dictator Trump--Part 2: Trump Wants To Become A Dictator, And His Thirst For Power Could Lead To Civil War

Submitted by Robin Messing on Wed, 01/03/2024 - 5:20pm

In my previous article I discussed how concentrating too much power in the hands of ANY one person could lead to disaster--especially if that person is only advised by "yes" men and women. A president who only seeks out the opinions of others who tell him what they think he wants to hear will be basing his assumptions on faulty or incomplete information, and stumbling around with blind spots never ends well.

However, if the imperial president with nearly unchecked power happens to be Donald Trump or someone like Trump, the danger becomes exponentially greater. Trump plans to implement an extreme authoritarian agenda that will transform America into a police state. The Los Angeles Times reports:

In speeches, interviews and campaign videos, Trump has promised to:

  • Use the military to participate in the largest deportation of undocumented immigrants in American history;
  • Order the National Guard into cities with high crime rates, whether local officials want it or not;
  • Prosecute Californians who protect minors coming to the state for gender-affirming care;
  • Impose a 10% tariff on almost all foreign goods, increasing prices for consumers;
  • Appoint a special prosecutor to “go after” his political opponents, beginning with Biden;
  • Purge the federal civil service of anyone who questions his views.

Dictator Trump--Part 1: The Dangers of an Imperial Presidency

Submitted by Robin Messing on Wed, 01/03/2024 - 5:17pm

Donald Trump and his allies plan to greatly strengthen the power of the president should Republicans win the presidency in 2024. If they get their way, many of the checks and balances that have constrained Trump's most illegal and dangerous policies will be removed in a second Trump Administration. This is from an extremely important New York Times article by Jonathan Swan, Charlie Savage and Maggie Haberman. I urge you to read it all.

Mr. Trump intends to bring independent agencies — like the Federal Communications Commission, which makes and enforces rules for television and internet companies, and the Federal Trade Commission, which enforces various antitrust and other consumer protection rules against businesses — under direct presidential control.

Trump Will Become a Dictator--Introduction/Table of Contents

Submitted by Robin Messing on Wed, 01/03/2024 - 4:10pm

I predicted that Donald Trump would be an existential threat to our democracy two weeks before the 2016 election. I stand by that prediction. Even though Trump didn't kill our democracy, he strained its guardrails during his presidency, and he nearly killed it on January 6. We got lucky that day. Had a few people made different decisions, our democracy would likely be dead.

Donald Trump's History Of Crying "Rigged Election"

Submitted by Robin Messing on Thu, 12/28/2023 - 3:36pm

Donald Trump’s claim that the election was rigged is nothing new. He was making that claim even BEFORE the election. In fact, that’s been his schtick for years. Jack Smith has indicated that he plans to make Trump's history of crying "rigged election" a focus of his upcoming trial.

In addition to this intrinsic evidence of false statements about the 2020 election, the Government will offer evidence reflecting the defendant’s historical record of making such claims. For example, as early as November 2012, the defendant issued a public tweet making baseless claims that voting machines had switched votes from then-candidate Romney to then-candidate Obama. During the 2016 presidential campaign, the defendant claimed repeatedly with no basis, that there was widespread voter fraud—including through public statements and tweets (for instance, on October 17, 2016, tweeting, “Of course there is large scale fraud happening on and before election day. Why do Republican leaders deny what is going on? So naive!”). The defendant’s false claims about the 2012 and 2016 elections are admissible because they demonstrate the defendant’s common plan of falsely blaming fraud for election results he does not like, as well as his motive, intent, and plan to obstruct the certification of the 2020 election results and illegitimately retain power. . . .


To ensure the destabilizing impact of his widespread election fraud claims, in the run-up to the 2020 election, the defendant repeatedly refused to commit to a peaceful transition of presidential power if he lost the election. The Government will offer proof of this refusal as intrinsic evidence of the defendant’s criminal conspiracies because it shows his plan to remain in power at any cost—even in the face of potential violence. For instance, at a September 23, 2020, news conference the defendant was asked whether, “win, lose or draw in this election,” in light of “rioting in many cities across this country—red and—your so called red and blue states,” he would “commit to making sure there is a peaceful transferal of power after the election.” The defendant responded, “Well, we’re going to have to see what happens. You know that. I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots. And the ballots are a disaster. And, and--”. A reporter interrupted the defendant and repeated, “I understand that, but people are rioting; do you commit to making sure there is a peaceful transferal of power?” The defendant responded, “I know. I know. We want to have—get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very trans—we’ll have a very peaceful—there won’t be a transfer, frankly; there’ll be a continuation. The ballots are out of control. You know it.”

Similarly, the Government will offer evidence that the defendant pursued the same strategy four years earlier, in 2016. In the presidential debate on October 19, 2016, the defendant was asked whether he would accept the results of that election, to which he responded that he would “look at it at the time.” The debate moderator followed up, “There is a tradition in this country— in fact, one of the prides of this country—is the peaceful transition of power and that no matter how hard-fought a campaign is, that at the end of the campaign that the loser concedes to the winner . . . and that the country comes together in part for the good of the country. Are you saying you’re not prepared now to commit to that principle?” The defendant responded, “What I’m saying is that I will tell you at the time. I’ll keep you in suspense. OK?” The defendant’s consistent refusal to commit to a peaceful transition of power, dating back to the 2016 presidential campaign, is admissible evidence of his plan to undermine the integrity of the presidential transition process when faced with the possibility of an election result that he would not like, as well as his motive, intent, and plan to interfere with the implementation of an election result with which he was not satisfied.

Let's dive deeper into the type of evidence that Smith might bring up at trial.


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