Washington Post Calls Trump Threat To Democracy, Invokes Hitler, Chavez

Is this just standard Republican hatred, typical from liberal papers during election season, or serious concern that a Republican will be able to defeat the Democrats candidate, so it’s time to destroy him? This comes from the Washington Post Editorial Board

Voters shouldn’t reward Trump’s assault on democracy

SOME READERS ask how Donald Trump can be a threat to democracy if he is putting himself forward as a candidate. If he ends up attracting a majority of American voters, what could be more democratic?

First, you don’t have to go back to history’s most famous example, Adolf Hitler, to understand that authoritarian rulers can achieve power through the ballot box. In the world today, it has become almost commonplace for elected leaders to lock the door behind them once they achieve power. Vladi­mir Putin in Russia, Hugo Chávez in Venezuela, Yoweri Museveni in Uganda, Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey — all found ways once in power to restrict opposition, muzzle the media and erode checks and balances.

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And there we go, a Hitler reference! Funny how Obama isn’t mentioned, considering his massive expansion of the power of the Executive office.

Mr. Trump gives ample reason to fear that he would not respect traditional limits on executive authority. He promotes actions that would be illegal, such as torture. He intimates that he would use government to attack those who displease him. “They better be careful, they have a lot to hide,” he said last week of a wealthy Chicago family that had donated to a super PAC that opposes him. He promises diktats — impose a tariff, build a wall — as if Congress is nothing but an inconvenience. His vow to round up and deport 11 million undocumented immigrants, while perhaps not requiring congressional action, would necessitate a kind of intrusive police power this country has never seen. As Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) said before flip-flopping on the idea last week, such a roundup would require “jackboots to knock on your door and every door in America.”

Funny, because the Washington Post never chided Obama for using the IRS as a tool to attack US citizens engaged in their 1st Amendment Rights. And Obama has used lots of diktats, ignoring Congress altogether. You can find many parallels between what the WPEB says about Trump, and what Obama has done. Which should provide a legitimate concern for Republican voters backing Trump. The last thing we need is yet another over-powered President.

But, hey, we got a Hitler reference!

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