On Sunday morning in “Sorry Donald, You Can’t Build An Autocracy Here,” I noted that Donald Trump doesn’t get it.
I meant that. I don’t think he’s being obstinate for the sake of being obstinate. I really don’t think he understands how the system works or, far more importantly, why it works.
It was clear from a tweet the President sent following the inauguration that Trump is largely (or maybe “bigly” is better) in the dark about how Western democracy functions. Consider the following tweet that references the women’s marches held across the country after Trump officially took office:
Let’s put the first sentence there aside because frankly, he didn’t write it. The second sentence is disturbing. First, you don’t “agree” or “disagree” with a protest. Now you can read that as Trump saying he “disagrees” with the protesters’ point of view, but I don’t think that’s what he meant. I think he meant he disagrees with their right to protest but will begrudgingly put up with it. Indeed the second part of the sentence seems to support that assessment. In any case, the fact that the President of the United States had to confirm that he acknowledges the people’s right to express their views is exceedingly alarming.
But Trump took this to a whole new level when he used Twitter to delegitimize the judiciary. Calling a federal judge a “so-called judge” is entirely unacceptable for a whole host of reasons that should be obvious to anyone who understands separation of powers. Trump’s comments put VP Mike Pence in a rather awkward position and the scary thing is, Pence seems to be buckling under pressure:
On Sunday, we got this from Trump:
On one hand, that’s hilarious. As I put it earlier, “Trump is incredulous,” and his incredulity is highly amusing to the extent it conveys his child-like frustration.
On the other hand, what Trump said there is absolutely unconscionable. And I told him as much:
Take a minute to digest Trump’s outburst.
The President has now literally instructed us to blame the judiciary in the event a terrorist attack should happen on American soil.
He then enhances the fear factor by claiming that “people are pouring in.”
The most dangerous part of this is that millions upon millions of people in America would invariably do just as Trump says should a tragedy befall the US. That is, if we did see another terrorist attack on US soil, Trump’s acolytes will now blame our judicial system.
I don’t even want to think about what that could mean…