Last week, we said the following about Donald Trump’s “Muslim Ban 2.0”:
Well on Wednesday night, just hours before the administration’s “revised” travel ban was set to take effect, it was blocked by a federal judge. You can read the full story here.
While Trump’s head didn’t literally explode, he did go “full-dictator” at a campaign rally in Nashville. Behold… an autocrat does Music City:
So let’s just go through that. The very first thing he does there is call into question the legitimacy of the judiciary (again).
He then moves immediately to reinforce the notion that the press is the “enemy of the American people” because the media is annoyingly predisposed to criticizing a President that for all intents and purposes is suggesting that he may just try and dissolve the 9th Circuit.
“And I have to be nice otherwise I’ll get criticized for speaking poorly about our courts,” Trump says, right before being very un-nice by pointing to the press and calling them “the most dishonest people in the world.”
Then he starts screaming. Literally. Ranting, raving, shouting, gesticulating wildly… all of it. The whole autocrat package.
He also calls the court’s ruling “judicial overreach.” Motherf*cker please. The court is trying to keep you from overreaching!
Next, he throws in a jab at Hillary Clinton following an absurdly sexist, condescending reference to “or she” before proceeding to pull a kind of “drops mic, wanders around, whips crowd into frenzy” thing for a solid 30 seconds.
And then at exactly 6:33 he goes entirely off script. F*ck that teleprompter and f*ck this “watered down” 2.0 sh*t, we’re going “back to the first one,” and we’re going to “go all the way [to the Supreme Court]” (have wave for effect) “which is what I wanted to do in the first place!”
He finishes it up with a truly spectacular, red-faced rant.
What we watched last night was without a shadow of a doubt Trump’s crowning achievement in demagoguery. And you know what? There are a whole lot of people out there who don’t see anything wrong with Trump threatening to essentially do away with an entire regional circuit of the judicial system.
Let me just put this as simply as possible: if you watched the clip above and are not alarmed then there’s no hope for you. You’re an idiot. Plain and simple.
And by the way.. why the f*ck is he holding a campaign rally 2 months into his presidency?