It has been clear to anyone watching every since Donald Trump launched his travesty of a bid for the White House that he doesn’t want to be president. He wants to be an authoritarian leader, a dictator if you will. He has reaffirmed that desire repeatedly with his constant praise of authoritarian leaders around the world, including, but not limited to, North Korean dictator Kim Jung-un, the murderous leader of the Philipines Rodrigo Duterte, the late savage Saddam Hussein, and, of course, his favorite, Russian autocrat Vladimir Putin.
Now, Trump seems to be taking his authoritarian tendencies to a terrifying new level, as he steps up his bullying of members of Congress of his own party. Lately, the orange wannabe strongman has been turning his attentions to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) over the Senate’s failed effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. On Thursday, Trump once again showed that he has absolutely no respect for our system of checks and balances, or for the fact that Congress is a separate, but co-equal, branch of government. In fact, he acted like McConnell works for him, and sent out an order via Twitter:
Mitch, get back to work and put Repeal & Replace, Tax Reform & Cuts and a great Infrastructure Bill on my desk for signing. You can do it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2017
It is unlikely that McConnell gives a damn what Trump tweets. He has repeatedly expressed his desire to see Trump tweet less and in less inappropriate fashions. However, the larger picture here is this: It shows a war that is brewing in the GOP in a very public way. Further, it shows that Congressional leaders like McConnell are likely regretting more and more that they made this deal with their own proverbial devil.
In the meantime, let’s hope that they all respect the Constitution more than they respect Trump, and try to keep the guardrails in place to keep him from becoming some kind of authoritarian leader until he can be gotten rid of.
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