Trump’s Affection For Dictators And Their Use Of Intimidation

By Donald A. Collins | 21 March 2024
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As Robert Reich’s video so effectively early on outlined that Trump’s pattern of behavior matches how dictators operate to gain ultimate power.

Reich cites that one of the tools useful in gaining dictatorial power is the use of intimidation against anyone standing in his way by questioning anything he does.

The primary example of intimidation by Trump occurred in connection with his January 6, 2021 coup attempt. Prior to the Electoral vote count on January 6th, he had badgered Pence continuously to embrace a cockamamie alternative proposed by his attorney John Eastman and others. Then as the mob attached the Capitol, the mob he had incited put up a gallows with a noose and screamed “Hang Mike Pence”.

Nearly captured by these potential assassins, Pence found shelter in the Capitol basement. After the mob had been disbursed in late in the late afternoon, Do Nothing Trump thanked the mob with love! After the House members could be reassembled later in the evening, Pence did the right and only Constitutionally correct thing and certified the Electoral College votes.

Now Trump will be nominated in July to be the GOP candidate for President of the United States with present polling showing him winning over President Biden if the election were to run now!

You can read what was Pence’s reward for his commendable action on January 6th. Read the full March 15, 2024, Politico assessment by Sam Stein, who noted “Pence’s resistance to Trump’s effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election infuriated many in the party’s base, crippling his political aspirations as he broke with the former president.”

Pence’s campaign for President quickly failed. As Pence told Fox News, “It should come as no surprise that I will not be endorsing Donald Trump this year”. But of course, he may vote for him! Pence said “I’m gonna keep my vote to myself. I would never vote for Joe Biden.”

Stein’s offers excellent reporting here.

Fortunately, countless articles citing Trump’s increasingly dangerous and unhinged comments have been getting more and more coverage. “Donald Trump warned early Friday (March 22nd) of ‘potential death & destruction’ if he is charged in Manhattan in a criminal case related to alleged hush-money payments to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels to conceal an affair.”

Read the Washington Post story here.

Then in a speech that same week CBS told us,

Former President Donald Trump claimed that he — not President Biden — will protect Social Security and warned of a “bloodbath” if he loses in November as he campaigned for Senate candidate Bernie Moreno in Ohio over the weekend.

Trump, speaking on a wind-whipped airfield outside of Dayton Saturday, praised his chosen candidate in the race as an “America first champion” and “political outsider who has spent his entire life building up Ohio communities.”

“He’s going to be a warrior in Washington,” Trump said, days after securing enough delegates to clinch the 2024 Republican nomination.

Trump used the stage to deliver a profanity-filled version of his usual rally speech that again painted an apocalyptic picture of the country if Biden wins a second term.

“If I don’t get elected, it’s going to be a bloodbath. … It’s going to be a bloodbath for the country,” he warned, while talking about the impact of offshoring on the country’s auto industry and his plan to impose a 100% tariff on foreign-made cars.

Later, Trump said, “If this election isn’t won, I’m not sure that you’ll ever have another election in this country.”

Read the CBS piece in full here.

CNN’s Jim Sciutto in his 3/11/24 report headlined “Former advisers sound the alarm that Trump praises despots in private and on the campaign trail”. He begins with

To Donald Trump, Hungarian strongman Viktor Orbán is “fantastic,” Chinese leader Xi Jinping is “brilliant,” North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is “an OK guy,” and, most alarmingly, he allegedly said Adolf Hitler “did some good things,” a worldview that would reverse decades-old US foreign policy in a second term should he win November’s presidential election, multiple former senior advisers told CNN.

“He thought Putin was an OK guy and Kim was an OK guy — that we had pushed North Korea into a corner,” retired Gen. John Kelly, who served as Trump’s chief of staff, told me. “To him, it was like we were goading these guys. ‘If we didn’t have NATO, then Putin wouldn’t be doing these things.’”

Trump’s lavish praise for Hungarian Prime Minister Orbán while hosting him at Mar-a-Lago on Friday, just days after all but sealing the Republican nomination on Super Tuesday, shows it’s a worldview he’s doubling down on.

Sciutto also has new book out which you can learn about here.

For me the closer on Trump’s love of dictators came from the testimony of retired Marine General John Kelly, who served as Trump’s chief of staff from 2017 to 2019, who reported as you can read in the above cited article: “He said, ‘Well, but Hitler did some good things,’”.

This is the story which had for me the closing argument impact about why Trump must lose. Intimidation is one of his main weapons and Trump has used it against anyone who said anything against him. Of course many who helped him such as Peter Navarro ended up in jail. Will Trump?

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”, “Vote”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”, “Will Choice and Democracy Win?”, “Can Our U.S. Survive 8 Plus Billion of Us”, “Economic Growth: A Cancer on all Earthly Life”, “On the Precipice of Political Disaster in 2024” and “Democracy at Red State Risk”.

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