If President Trump could rule absent free and fair elections, absent a viable opposition, is that what he would really love, if he could have it?
Here is the Trump February 2017 tweet on the media being the enemy of the people. "The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!"
On Wednesday, January 17, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) compared this language to that of the notorious Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, who called his opposition 'enemies of the people,' in Russian “vrag naroda.”
That got me to thinking, I bet we can find quotes of dictators of history that don't stretch the imagination to believe that Trump would be comfortable with the thoughts expressed. After all, it does appear that Trump has taken on the 'thrust out chin pose' of the WWII era Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
So I went looking. All these quotes below are from the web site https://www.brainyquote.com/. I thank them for making my search so easy.
Here's another one from Stalin,
"The people who cast the votes don't decide an election, the people who count the votes do."
See echoes here in Trump's now disbanded commission on non-existent election fraud which was really an effort to spur voter suppression rules? https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/01/why-trumps-voter-fraud-commission-disbanded.html
And this from the dictator Benito Mussolini, himself,
"We become strong, I feel, when we have no friends upon whom to lean, or to look to for moral guidance."
Is this why Trump is alienating America's democratic allies? Does he believe America is great when it has no allies in democracy and freedom? No allies to hinder what he wants to do? No allies with whom he need consult?
How about these from Adolph Hitler:
" The victor will never be asked if he told the truth."
" Success is the sole earthly judge of right and wrong."
" The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one."
"How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think."
" The leader of genius must have the ability to make different opponents appear as if they belonged to one category."
Enough of Hitler already, what about this one from contemporary autocrat and apparent darling to Trump, Vladimir Putin,
"We shall fight against them, throw them in prisons and destroy them."
Echoes of Trump's, "Lock her up."
And this whopper from a Putin predecessor,
" A lie told often enough becomes the truth," Vladimir Lenin.
Sound like something Trump practices, lying enough to hoodwink many into believing the lies are truths?