Donald Trump declared himself “the law and order candidate” back in July. He certainly has an impressive legal record for someone who is not a lawyer, having been involved in over 3500 lawsuits. During Sunday’s Town Hall talk-a-thon he proclaimed “We’re going to bring back law and order,” then demonstrated utter contempt for the rule of law.
Although any viewer of televised Law & Order fiction knows “You have the right to an attorney,” Mr. Trump berated Hillary Clinton for acting as court-appointed legal counsel for an accused rapist when she was a young lawyer in Arkansas. And of course the GOP candidate sticks to his promise of extrajudicial mass deportation of undocumented immigrants.
But Mr. Trump’s promise to jail his political opponent has provoked a greater reaction, since that’s what “banana republic” dictators do, not United States presidents. “It’s just awfully good that somebody with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country,” observed Secretary Clinton. Many agree.
“CNN’s Dana Bash: Trump’s ‘stunning’ threat to jail Clinton was like ‘Stalin or Hitler,’”
David Ferguson, Raw Story
“GOP ex-prosecutors slam Trump over threat to ‘jail’ Clinton,” Josh Gerstein, Politico
“Outrage Over Donald Trump Threat to Punish Hillary Clinton: ‘You’d Be in Jail,’” Scott Collins, The Wrap
“Donald Trump’s ‘You’d Be In Jail’ Line Finally Proves That A Despot Is Running For President,” Claire Elizabeth Felter, Bustle
“Trump Shows His Inner Dictator,” Amy Davidson, The New Yorker
“Donald Trump’s threat to imprison Hillary Clinton is a threat to democracy,” Zack Beauchamp, Vox
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