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Tom of Temecula

(1,069 posts)
Wed Dec 6, 2023, 04:29 AM Dec 2023

'Dictator' Trump warnings spook America

Could a second Donald Trump presidency slide into dictatorship? A sudden spate of dystopian warnings has got America talking about the possibility less than a year before the US elections. Dark scenarios about what could happen if the twice-impeached Republican former president wins in 2024 have appeared in the space of a few days in major US media outlets that include The Washington Post, The New York Times and the Atlantic.

Grim predictions also came from top Republican Trump critic Liz Cheney, who said that the country is "sleepwalking into dictatorship" and that she is weighing a third-party presidential run of her own to try to stop him.Together, they paint a bleak picture of an angrier yet more disciplined Trump than during his first spell in the White House, one who would wreak vengeance on his perceived enemies and possibly try to stay in power beyond the two-term US limit.

Trump, 77, responded to the warnings in typical style by laughing them off -- with an edge. "He says, you're not going to be a dictator, are you? I said no, no, no -- other than day one," Trump said when asked in a televised Fox News town hall on Tuesday if he would abuse power or seek retribution.

The most eye-opening piece appeared in The Washington Post by conservative commentator Robert Kagan, with the headline: "A Trump dictatorship is increasingly inevitable. We should stop pretending." Kagan wrote that if Trump survives the trials he faces over trying to upend the 2020 election and cling to power illegally, and wins the next election, he will in effect feel he is above the law and can get away with anything.


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'Dictator' Trump warnings spook America (Original Post) Tom of Temecula Dec 2023 OP
I hope 'spooked' enough to keep most from supporting Dictator. elleng Dec 2023 #1
I hope spooked enough to go to the polls! CrispyQ Dec 2023 #4
Never would I believe North Shore Chicago Dec 2023 #2
I said in 2015 at my folks house that we were in trouble if he got the nod. Arthur_Frain Dec 2023 #8
Agreed. I knew when I first saw him in 2015 and started seeing swastikas that he was dangerous. nt Evolve Dammit Dec 2023 #19
"I said, no no no - - only on day one". The Unmitigated Gall Dec 2023 #3
Way past time for us to be spooked about trump. Paladin Dec 2023 #5
Hopefully, the wakeup call America needs... Wounded Bear Dec 2023 #6
I hope so. bdamomma Dec 2023 #14
The man's first Presidency was an abysmal failure in every way and we saw exactly what he thought lees1975 Dec 2023 #7
Known criminal TFG coming down that escalator in 2015 spooked me. KY_EnviroGuy Dec 2023 #9
Woke bdamomma Dec 2023 #15
This needs to be the narrative Johnny2X2X Dec 2023 #10
I'm not "spooked" MorbidButterflyTat Dec 2023 #11
He has help this time kwijybo Dec 2023 #16
The danger is real. TheKentuckian Dec 2023 #18
Completely disagree. Shipwack Dec 2023 #12
friend of mine had been warning ppl about t,,, 4 years b4 the 2015 election. AllaN01Bear Dec 2023 #13
Did it though? liberal N proud Dec 2023 #17
Some "pundits" are still saying it's hyperbole and he's joking. BULLSHIT. Lock Him Up FCS Evolve Dammit Dec 2023 #20
It's hard to see any of this as new. D23MIURG23 Dec 2023 #21
Hillary warned long ago of the vast reicht wing conspiracy. onecaliberal Dec 2023 #22


(36,399 posts)
4. I hope spooked enough to go to the polls!
Wed Dec 6, 2023, 11:12 AM
Dec 2023

This is the younger generations' election to call. If they don't want their kids growing up with lockdown drills & unaffordable college & no birth control & starter homes that cost half a mill, not to mention zero action on climate change, then they better get out & vote.

North Shore Chicago

(3,294 posts)
2. Never would I believe
Wed Dec 6, 2023, 06:31 AM
Dec 2023

8 years ago, this pox on humanity would STILL be sucking the oxygen from anywhere he is. It was inconceivable then to think in 2023 that there are so many ignorant unwashed masses who support such a dangerous charlatan.

I will never be discouraged, only disheartened.


(1,833 posts)
8. I said in 2015 at my folks house that we were in trouble if he got the nod.
Wed Dec 6, 2023, 12:53 PM
Dec 2023

Didn’t think he’d be able to make it through the primary season without shooting himself in the foot. And he did. Repeatedly. But like those weighted clown boxing bags, he just kept popping back up.

And here we are, he still walks free, he still monopolizes all the front pages of every website. It’s an unholy, unhealthy obsession with fame and celebrity that activates a sizable portion of our electorate. Add in the real shitheads, like the boogaloos, and proud idiots, and that’s how things went down in 2016. I wonder if there’s enough resistance today to keep him out in 2024?

Honestly, that there are still hardcore supporters on his side reveals the depth and breadth of mental illness in this country.

The Unmitigated Gall

(3,761 posts)
3. "I said, no no no - - only on day one".
Wed Dec 6, 2023, 07:48 AM
Dec 2023

Degenerate Scumbag just said it right there, in joke formso that you won’t get it.


(28,238 posts)
5. Way past time for us to be spooked about trump.
Wed Dec 6, 2023, 11:46 AM
Dec 2023

And way past time for us to take assertive action against him and his bunch of gestapo goons.


(3,830 posts)
7. The man's first Presidency was an abysmal failure in every way and we saw exactly what he thought
Wed Dec 6, 2023, 12:04 PM
Dec 2023

about a constitutional republic in his exit, the most disruptive and chaotic in all history. He should have been arrested, tried and imprisoned long before now and that's an indictment of our justice system.

Why are people so dense and distracted?


(18,926 posts)
10. This needs to be the narrative
Wed Dec 6, 2023, 04:42 PM
Dec 2023

Democracy or dictatorship, that's literally what;s on the ballot next Fall. Glad the media is starting to pay attention to that.


(1,750 posts)
11. I'm not "spooked"
Wed Dec 6, 2023, 04:42 PM
Dec 2023

by the incompetent impotent criminal traitor.

I don't get this fear mongering. WTF is so scary about that POS?

I do not believe for one second that Slobby and/or his leeches will destroy American democracy. To me, the suggestion disrespects the American heroes who will not allow any BS from these traitors.

I guess the drama steals the glory.


(224 posts)
16. He has help this time
Wed Dec 6, 2023, 07:20 PM
Dec 2023

The Heritage Foundation (2025 Project) and the rest of the GOP are setting up to take over, no matter which Republican wins.


(2,152 posts)
12. Completely disagree.
Wed Dec 6, 2023, 04:56 PM
Dec 2023

Right now, most of “America” is more concerned with how the “Golden Bachelor” ended than the next election. They definitely are not “spooked”. The people that are here on this website, or listening to what Liz Cheney is saying, are a minority.

Everybody else is going to turn on the TV in September to see who’s running. I admit I could be wrong; they might actually wait until late October…

This nation is just slouching toward fascism.

liberal N proud

(60,330 posts)
17. Did it though?
Wed Dec 6, 2023, 07:27 PM
Dec 2023

I still see his cult supporting him without question.
They are still attacking Biden with his lies, they are still proudly wearing the cult colors (shirts, signs, flags and banners).
He has a cult following that would support him to their death.


(2,843 posts)
21. It's hard to see any of this as new.
Wed Dec 6, 2023, 11:46 PM
Dec 2023

The dude incited a riot to attack the Capitol and attempted to use the military to stop the transfer of power.

I would call our electorate the "frog in the boiling pot", but the water hasn't ever been cool with Trump. We literally started with him saying that he could shoot someone and not lose votes.


(32,715 posts)
22. Hillary warned long ago of the vast reicht wing conspiracy.
Thu Dec 7, 2023, 12:13 AM
Dec 2023

Lying, cheating and criming are pre-requisites to be recons.

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