Just another day, just another comment by Trump telling you who he is and what he will do, in case anyone is listening.
This is actually a good news, bad news story.
The bad news is...well, okay, that's obvious. (I originally wrote "pretty obvious," but then edited out "pretty".) If you missed the point, you either stumbled onto this page totally by mistake on your way looking for the Favorite Tyrants website -- or don't read or understand English.
The good news is that the story didn't get lost and was generally the headline news all day. Also, since Trump's comment was said on TV, it allowed Democratic media groups to start putting together a barrage of campaign ads for later, using the quote.
Before going any further, it's important to offer a friendly, helpful note to Trump (in case he reads this site), as well as his acolyte supporters and dabbling enablers: Being a "dictator" for "only one day" is still being a dictator.
By the way, that's also a note to undecided voters.
Consider for a moment that when Trump is willing to say something that horrifically disqualifying out loud -- so horrifically disqualifying that it's on the top of the very first page page of the Presidential Campaigning for Dummies handbook, "Do not ever say that you plan to be a dictator, even if you mean for just one second...even if you're running for president of an authoritarian dictatorship state, just don't do it)" -- imagine what he's chosen to keep private.
I mean, yeah, sure, it's only for one day. Because, of course, dictators love giving up power. Even after only 24 hours. That's not much longer than sitting through Killers of the Flower Moon.
In fairness, though, being a "dictator" for only one day is okay apparently because Trump, as we know, has tremendous self-control (the best in the world), and he always stops when he knows he's gone too far.
The only hiccup is if Trump considers "being a dictator" is going too far. After all, this is the same would-be despot who, lest it be forgotten, praised China dictator Xi Jinping for ending presidential term limits and said, "He's now president for life. President for life. And he's great. And look, he was able to do that. I think it's great. Maybe we'll give that a shot some day"
The positive thing is that he said "some day." Not "one day." Or "Day One."
As I watched the clip of Trump declaring his intention of being a dictator and was able to ungrind my teeth, my next thought was wondering what emcee Sean Hannity was thinking after tossing Trump what he knew was a softball, "You're not going to be a dictator are you?", and most surely was expecting the blatantly obvious, "Oh, my, NO" answer -- but instead getting, "Oh, sure! You bet!" High on the list of Hannity thoughts was likely, "Oh, God, 'for only a day' doesn't make it better." And we can be very sure that Hannity was thinking something along these lines because he almost immediately cut to a commercial.
By the way, it's worth keeping in mind that Fox pre-taped this Town Hall with Trump, knowing that he might possibly (or probably) say something horrific, so they could then cut it out of the broadcast -- and yet, even still, being Fox, I guess...they left in Trump saying he would be a dictator if re-elected!!!
As I noted, this was the headline story on TV news throughout the day, and for the most part the newspaper headlines were spot-on excellent, too. There were, unfortunately (and remarkably), a few cases where headline writers missed the boat, which seems hard to do when the story is "Trump says he will be a dictator."
One miss was the headline for USA Today, which read -- "Donald Trump says he will be a 'dictator' only on 'day one.' Then he'll focus on drilling." No, guys, you stop the headline after the words "day one." What he'll do "then", after that, really doesn't matter.
Though the worst headline was probably from a usually highly-respectable source, Reuters. And the only reason I say "probably" is because I haven't read every headline in the world to compare. What Reuters inexplicable wrote as its headline was (and I have to post a screenshot of this, because you won't believe me otherwise) --
The only thing I can imagine is that the Reuters headline writer missed the part where Trump said out loud, on camera, that, oh, yes, thanks for asking, he would be a dictator! Or perhaps the headline writer thinks that for "only a day" doesn't count.
Heads up to Reuters. And every undecided voter. And Republicans on the edge. And everybody -- it does count. Saying you will be a dictator for even just one day means, yes, You Will Be a Dictator.
Especially when you've already said about a lifetime dictator --
"He's now president for life. President for life. And he's great. And look, he was able to do that. I think it's great. Maybe we'll give that a shot some day."
All he wants, now, though, he says, is just one day.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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