Let’s Not Be Blasé About Trump’s Dictatorial Flirtations

Former President Donald Trump delivers remarks during a campaign rally at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center on December 17, 2023, in Reno, Nevada. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)


So, the “Will Trump Be a Dictator?” conversation is not going away any time soon.

I think there are a number of reasons for this. The most obvious is that Trump cannot stop giving people fresh reasons to keep talking about it. Spewing garbage about immigrants poisoning America’s blood, calling violent convicted felons “hostages,” praising Putin, Xi, and Kim Jong Un, and of course promising to, in fact, be a “dictator” is bound to elicit some chatter. 

The second most obvious reason is that such chatter invites more chatter. The Biden camp is openly calling Trump a Hitler manqué, which invites his defenders—including various flavors of anti-anti-Trump types—to either defend him or denounce people who take Trump’s bait. Then Trump, seeing that people are talking about him and telling him what he shouldn’t say, responds by doubling down on his “poisoned blood” schtick and tosses in some comments on Mein Kampf

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