This thread will be a repository for evidence that Trump behaves and thinks more like an autocrat than a leader of a democracy. Here’s something I saw today. Trump was asked if he thought Robert Mueller would be fair and this was his response, along with a comment about it (which I agree with) from Matthew Miller, who was a spokesperson for DOJ under Obama:
This to me is by far the most interesting part of Trump’s exchange with reporters yesterday. In his mind (and I believe he thinks this), intervening multiple times in the investigation and laying waste to the FBI = just fighting back. pic.twitter.com/YeznxwBFfO
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) January 25, 2018
This also makes me think of Trump’s expression of anger and frustration at Jeff Sessions–specifically, that Sessions recused himself from the Russian investigation; that had he known that, Trump would never have chosen him as AG; that he had some respect for Eric Holder, AG under Obama, because Trump claimed that Holder defended Obama out of loyalty. This creates the strong impression that Trump doesn’t understand or doesn’t care about the independence of the DOJ or the AG and other federal appointees or workers are loyal to the Constitution, not the president. Trump doesn’t seem to understand or believe in the rule of law, but prefers, and sees no problem with, the rule of man.
class authoritarian rhetorical tactic: there are only two options, my way or WAR https://t.co/Kdum6iRtqJ
— Anne Applebaum (@anneapplebaum) July 18, 2018