He broke them.
I’ve often said there is plenty to criticize President Trump for, but his opponents ninety-nine percent of the time avoid these real criticisms and go “straight to Hitler.” This morning’s case in point is a tweet from Robert Reich, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley and Labor Secretary in the Clinton administration.
Also a certified hysteric:
This is either ignorance, which I doubt in Reich’s case, or a casual mendacity that shows his contempt for his readers.
Trump the “closest to a dicator” we’ve ever come? Let’s see, did he…
- Throw hundreds of thousands of people into prison camps via Executive Order based solely on their ethnicity?
- Re-segregate the federal government, creating separate facilities for Blacks and Whites and barring Blacks from high posts?
- Treat news reporting as a crime?
Why, no. Those were presidents Franklin Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Barack Obama. Each used his powers far more dictatorially than Trump ever has. In FDR’s case, it was arguably the worst civil rights atrocity since slavery, all done on the order of one man. I’m sure we can find other examples.
Now, I’m not saying that any of those men was an actual “dictator;” that would be Reichian hyperbole. But to say Trump has done anything like this let alone being the closest we’ve come to a dictator is not just risible, it’s contemptible.
Which seems to be Professor Reich’s métier these days.
Postscript: In case someone argues that Trump was dictatorial, too, let’s look at three things often cited.
- Children in cages. A policy pursuant in compliance with court orders regarding the children of illegal border-crossers, hardly the actions of a dictator. Also, begun under the Obama administration.
- “The press is the enemy of the people!” Yep, a stupid, stupid thing to say. But what actions were taken to punish those enemies? Unlike the journalists spied on by the Obama administration, the Trump administration did nothing. Surely Jim Acosta would be in jail by now, if it had.
- Immigration enforcement and ICE raids. Again, done under authority of existing law and often targeted at criminals who were a danger to the communities they were hiding in.
Not the actions of a dictator.