Media outlets such as the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Atlantic are expressing serious concerns about the possibility of a second Trump administration, citing potential threats to democracy and increased radicalism.
The Washington Post’s Robert Kagan and the New York Times’ Charlie Savage, Jonathan Swan, and Maggie Haberman argue that Trump’s second term could be more extreme and autocratic due to weakened checks on his power.
The Atlantic also launched a special issue warning of the grave consequences of a Trump win in 2024. (Trending: Bombshell Email Uncovered Between Joe Biden And Hunter)
The Leftwing fascists at @TheAtlantic and @washingtonpost have spent all morning ridiculously calling my father a "Dictator" and "authoritarian," so I figured I would remind them what a real authoritarian Dictator actually looks like! pic.twitter.com/Z3NLxRz8X6
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 4, 2023
“In just a few years, we have gone from being relatively secure in our democracy to being a few short steps, and a matter of months, away from the possibility of dictatorship,” wrote Kagan.
“What about the desire for reelection, a factor that constrains most presidents?” asked Kagan.
“Trump might not want or need a third term, but were he to decide he wanted one, as he has sometimes indicated, would the 22nd Amendment block him any more effectively from being president for life than the Supreme Court, if he refused to be blocked?” continued Kagan.
Authoritarian Dictators in every 3rd world Banana Republic use the power of the State to try to put their political opposition in prison.
The only President of the United States guilty of that in my lifetime is Joe Biden. https://t.co/OEW1A8gWNq
— Bernie Moreno (@berniemoreno) December 4, 2023
Adding, “Why should anyone think that amendment would be more sacrosanct than any other part of the Constitution for a man like Trump, or perhaps more importantly, for his devoted supporters?”
Charlie Savage, Jonathan Swan, and Maggie Haberman wrote in the New York Times, “What would be different in a second Trump administration is not so much his character as his surroundings.”
“Forces that somewhat contained his autocratic tendencies in his first term — staff members who saw their job as sometimes restraining him, a few congressional Republicans episodically willing to criticize or oppose him, a partisan balance on the Supreme Court that occasionally ruled against him — would all be weaker,” continued the political analysts.
All of these articles calling Trump a dictator are about one thing: legitimizing illegal and violent conduct as we get closer to the election.
Everyone needs to take a chill pill.
— J.D. Vance (@JDVance1) December 4, 2023
Trump allies have criticized these narratives, while Democrats are reportedly concerned about Biden’s prospects in a potential general election rematch with Trump.
Ohio GOP Senate candidate Bernie Moreno retweeted Trump Jr., writing, “Authoritarian Dictators in every 3rd world Banana Republic use the power of the State to try to put their political opposition in prison.”
“The only President of the United States guilty of that in my lifetime is Joe Biden,” he added.
Sen. J.D. Vance wrote, “articles calling Trump a dictator are about one thing: legitimizing illegal and violent conduct as we get closer to the election.”
“Everyone needs to take a chill pill,” added the Ohio Republican.
Biden’s approval ratings and polling performance are also highlighted.