An op-ed by Eric Posner for The New York Times dated June 3, 2016 examined the possibility of a Trump presidency and the ramifications thereof. The piece cited an article by Adam Liptak published the same day, in which Republican Arizona Senator John McCain expressed optimism that there were legal and Constitutional demarcations over which Donald Trump could not step.
“I still believe we have the institutions of government that would restrain someone who seeks to exceed their constitutional obligations. We have a Congress. We have the Supreme Court. We’re not Romania.”
Nonetheless, legal scholars are terrified of the notion of Donald Trump coming into office as president, noting that he would clamp down on dissent, given his determination to scale back libel laws in the interest of him making it easier to sue news organizations that would dare portray him unfavorably.
Specifically, Trump stated:
“One of the things I’m gonna do, and this is only gonna make it tougher for me, and I’ve never said this before, but one of the things I’m gonna do if I win… is I’m gonna open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money. We’re gonna open up those libel laws.
“With me, they’re not protected, because I’m not like other people…We’re gonna open up those libel laws, folks, and we’re gonna have people sue you like you never get sued before.”
In other words, Donald Trump has no compunctions about roughshod over any entity in the media who would dare portray him in an unflattering light, despite his boorish narcissism, transparent bigotry and the First Amendment providing freedom of the press. In that case, no wonder that Brad Thor and Glenn Beck are concerned that Donald Trump could be the U.S.A’s last president and first fascist dictator.
Oddly enough, in January, Trump was quoted by Fox News declaring loyalty to the document mandating the supreme law of the United States of America.
.@realDonaldTrump: “I feel very strongly about our Constitution. I’m proud of it, I love it and I want to go through the Constitution.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 26, 2016
Even more disturbing, Trump has encouraged brutality toward protesters at his campaign rallies. Taken with the knowledge that he is endorsed by former Klansman David Duke and The Daily Stormer, a white supremacist news website, the horror mounts exponentially.
Without a doubt, it is a scary thing to reckon the things that Donald Trump could actually do as president.
Eric Posner noted that if Donald Trump became president, he would not be able to build his wall between Mexico and the U.S. without Congressional support. However, we must take into account the possibility that the Congress could maintain its Republican majority, which means that there could be the chance for Donald Trump to use fearmongering about “drugs, crime and rapists” to sway the House and Senate into allowing him to carry out this wicked and logistically unsound plot.
Trump also could order immigration authorities to deport all 11.4 million undocumented immigrants from the United States, and would also be within his jurisdiction to bar Muslims from entering the country, being that the U.S. Code would unfortunately grant him the legal authority to do so under the premise that he considers them “detrimental to the interests of the United States.” Moreover, he would also have legal precedent, as Ronald Reagan cited this law when blocking Haitian immigrants from coming to the U.S. in 1981.
However, a poll circulated by immigrants rights advocates shows that Donald Trump would only carry 11 percent of the Hispanic vote, and a study suggests that the winning presidential candidate in the upcoming election would need to carry nearly half the ballots of that demographic to win.
Unfortunately for Donald Trump, more than half of Hispanic voters have leaned toward the Democratic party from 1980 forward. In addition, the Pew Research Center has found that although only about half of eligible Hispanic voters turn up at the polling places, 2016 is projected to see 40% more eligible Hispanic voters, which, if the pattern continues, would in turn see a 20% increase in Hispanic ballots cast. Similarly, and equally not surprising, in early 2016, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) found that of the 73 percent of registered Muslim voters who plan to participate in the upcoming election, 67 percent plan to vote for Democratic Party candidates. Considering that The Atlantic estimates that there are roughly 2 million Muslims who are registered to vote in the U.S., this perhaps could bode for roughly 1.3 million votes that Trump will not get.
It may be safe to say that despite the dangers of Donald Trump actually becoming president and manipulating the supreme law of the land to his own ends, his bigoted rhetoric will only motivate the people he disparages to vote against him.
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