Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 6 Share on Twitter 1 Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds    H3'ed 10/12/16

The Sexual Predator Who Would Be King

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages)     (# of views)   1 comment
Author 29155
Follow Me on Twitter     Message John Nichols
Become a Fan
  (24 fans)

From The Nation

Trump seeks to impose on America a strongman politics that even Republicans note--and fear.

Donald Trump
Donald Trump
(Image by Gage Skidmore)
  Details   DMCA

Donald Trump knows no rule of law. Whatever the Republican nominee for president does -- no matter how wrong, no matter how vile -- he absolves himself of responsibility. Yet if a rival displeases him, he proposes investigation, prosecution, prison time. Trump does not merely celebrate the totalitarians of other times and other lands; he seeks to impose upon the United States a strongman politics that even Republicans have noted -- and fear.

Last February, Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse broke with Trump, observing that "he displays essentially no understanding of the fact that, in the American system, we have a constitutional system of checks and balances." Sasse added: "[Have] you noticed how Mr. Trump uses the word 'Reign' -- like he thinks he's running for King? It's creepy, actually."

It's gotten a lot creepier as the November 8 election approaches. The release of an 11-year-old tape of the alleged billionaire talking about how powerful men "can do anything" they want to women -- grab them, grope them, "move on" them, "anything" -- led the National Organization for Women to issue a statement with this headline: "Donald Trump Promotes Sexual Assault As a Rich Man's Perk." In and of itself, this makes Trump unfit for the presidency. "Someone with such disrespect for women, with such a misogynistic lifestyle who boasts about using his power to sexually assault women cannot -- and will not -- be the leader of this country," said NOW president Terry O'Neill, as dozens of Republican congressional candidates abandoned their ticket mate.

Trump disqualified himself long ago with his xenophobia, his racial and religious bigotry, and his striking disregard for the Constitution. Yet his response to the tape revealed an even more menacing side: Trapped in a scandal of his own making, Trump lashed out during the second presidential debate at Hillary Clinton. As president, Trump said, he would "instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor" to investigate Clinton's handling of e-mails. Clinton responded, "It's just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country."

Click Here to Read Whole Article

 

Well Said 1   Valuable 1  
Rate It | View Ratings

John Nichols Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, has written the Online Beat since 1999. His posts have been circulated internationally, quoted in numerous books and mentioned in debates on the floor of Congress.

Nichols writes about (more...)
 

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Paul Ryan? Seriously?

Scott Walker's Austerity Agenda Yields 'Worst Job Losses in US'

What the Hell Is Wrong With Paul Ryan?

The Koch Brothers, ALEC and the Savage Assault on Democracy

GM's Plant Closures Confirm the President is a Liar and a Fool

The Deafening Silence of the Republican Field in the Wake of the Planned Parenthood Shooting