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The Trump regime’s authoritarian streak – 1

February 15, 2017

Reading many of the articles about Trump’s poorly executed Executive Order concerning immigration and viewing various interviews with key players and others it has become very clear that the Trump regime has, in certain quarters a very authoritarian streak. Indeed some might say at one extreme  a frightening disregard for constitutional checks and balances or, more charitably, a very poor understanding of the way in which governments function.

Take for example the comments made by Stephen Miller, a senior policy advisor to Trump, on various of the US Sunday political talkshows.

On Face The Nation he said:-

The man’s demeanour is that of an arrogant apparatchik talking down to the peasants.

Some of Miller’s phrasing was odd – for example his use of the phrase – ‘all of planet planet Earth’ – bizarre!

Possibly the most disturbing exchange was this:-

Here’s the key exchange, with “Face the Nation’s” John Dickerson (emphasis added):

DICKERSON: When I talked to Republicans on the Hill, they wonder, what in the White House — what have you all learned from this experience with the executive order?

MILLER: Well, I think that it’s been an important reminder to all Americans that we have a judiciary that has taken far too much power and become, in many cases, a supreme branch of government. One unelected judge in Seattle cannot remake laws for the entire country. I mean this is just crazy, John, the idea that you have a judge in Seattle say that a foreign national living in Libya has an effective right to enter the United States is — is — is beyond anything we’ve ever seen before.

The end result of this, though, is that our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.

The chilling phrasing is in the final words:-

‘that the powers of the president ….. will not be questioned.’

Since when, in a democracy, especially one with a strong constitution such as the USA do governments start from the premise that their actions are not subject to question.

Essentially, Miller just came out and stated: that the White House doesn’t recognize judges’ authority to review things such as Trump’s travel ban. Nor based on other information do they seem to think they need to provide any evidence to support their actions and/or assertions. Trump and his apologists seem to be saying that reality is what they say it is and that evidence is irrelevant. This is appalling.

One Comment
  1. David permalink
    February 16, 2017 12:48 pm

    This should come as no surprise to anyone who has observed the GOP’s slide into Autocracy. Do you not recall Karl Rove’s “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.”?

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