It started with hate-filled speeches, moved on to threaten our international allies, and is now threatening to overturn the rule of law in America, but the Donald Trump presidential train shows no sign of stopping.
With his attacks on first amendment rights guaranteeing free speech, threats to overturn freedom of religion and contempt of due process, many fear Trump is preparing not for a presidency, but an authoritarian regime.
In his latest attack on the constitution, Trump attacked Federal District Court Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel, who is in charge of two class action lawsuits against the infamous Trump University.
After Curiel ordered damaging documents open to the public, Trump attacked the federal judge in print accusing him of bias because of his race, saying his Mexican heritage was a conflict of interest and he should recuse himself, reports the New Yorker.
“They ought to look into Judge Curiel, because what Judge Curiel is doing is a total disgrace. O.K.? But we will come back in November. Wouldn’t that be wild if I am president and come back and do a civil case?”
The comment has legal experts across the country worried about what a Donald Trump presidency would mean for America.
Retired law professor David Post said Trump’s statements were a dangerous precedent for a presidential candidate, according to the New York Times.
“This is how authoritarianism starts, with a president who does not respect the judiciary.
“You can criticize the judicial system, you can criticize individual cases, you can criticize individual judges. But the president has to be clear that the law is the law and that he enforces the law. That is his constitutional obligation.
“If he is signaling that that is not his position, that’s a very serious constitutional problem.”
Trump’s calls for a wall on the border with Mexico, a ban on Muslims entering the country, his attacks on the press and contempt for the separation of powers has legal experts worried about a constitutional crisis.
Over the years, both parties have accused the president of overstepping his authority, but New York University Professor Richard Epstein told the New York Times, he’s not sure Trump cares about limits at all.
President George W. Bush pushed the limits of presidential power and Obama even more so, but Trump has threatened to go even farther.
“I think Trump doesn’t even think there’s an issue to worry about. He just simply says whatever I want to do I will do.”
Not only has Trump attacked judges in charge of his legal cases, he’s also taken aim at newspapers that print unfriendly stories and threatened campaign backers who support his political opponents.
He’s threatened to sue the owner of the Washington Post, Jeff Bezos, who founded Amazon, for allowing his reporters to fact check Trump’s wildly inaccurate statements.
During the Republican primary, he sent cease and desist letters to Super PACs supporting Jeb Bush, John Kasich, and threatened to sue Ted Cruz three seperate times.
Trump’s brazen speeches and promises to recreate America is his image have worried not only his political opponents, but also members of his own party.
Along with a conservative Republican group that’s attempting to run a third party candidate against Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan also condemned Donald’s comments about Judge Curiel saying they came out of left field.
Hours after Ryan reluctantly agreed to vote for Trump, the presumptive nominee embarrassed the Republican Party with his racial comments saying Judge Curiel’s Mexican heritage was a conflict of interest.
What do you think? Is Donald Trump preparing to be president or authoritarian dictator?
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