On Tuesday, America got its first real taste of what it’s like to live in a banana republic with a dictator for a leader.
Sure, we’ve seen Trump do plenty of things that despots and dictators do, like appointing family members and friends to high positions in government, using his office to make money off the people he’s supposed to be leading, and threatening to withhold aid or assistance to other countries who don’t do exactly as he pleases.
Heck, we’ve seen all of that this week.
But then he announced, via a video from inside the Oval Office, that he intends to use United States troops to “guard” the border between the US and Mexico:
President Trump: “Until we can have a wall and proper security, we’re going to be guarding our border with the military. It’s a big step.” pic.twitter.com/VFW9yaCikA
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 3, 2018
I’ve been speaking with General Mattis. We are going to be doing things militarily. Until we can have a wall and proper security, we’re gonna be guarding our border with the military. That’s a big step. We really haven’t done that before, or certainly not very much before.”
Right, genius. We haven’t done that before because that’s what a DICTATOR does.
Trump has been on the attack about “caravans” of illegal immigrants coming from other countries like Honduras, which isn’t actually a thing that’s happening anywhere, but instead a talking point that he heard on Fox News:
The big Caravan of People from Honduras, now coming across Mexico and heading to our “Weak Laws” Border, had better be stopped before it gets there. Cash cow NAFTA is in play, as is foreign aid to Honduras and the countries that allow this to happen. Congress MUST ACT NOW!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2018
That makes at least two unconstitutional pronouncements Trump made on Tuesday before it was even noon on the west coast — threatening foreign aid unless Congress does some unspecified thing to address a non-existent problem, and deciding to use the military for non-military purposes as a matter of standing order rather than an emergency.
I wonder what time the curfew will be once martial law is declared.
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