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Trump Dictatorship Leaps Closer

President Donald Trump’s naked quest for absolute power advanced mightily one week ago when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld his travel ban on five Muslim countries, stripped public-sector unions of a key funding source, and most ominously, when Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement after 30 years on the court, his resignation effective July 31. With the opportunity to appoint a second Supreme Court justice, Trump is handed even more power over the Judiciary by legal means while attacking all constitutional limits to his power by illegal means.

photo by Eric Gay

Separating migrant families at the border and subjecting them to arbitrary indefinite detention in prison-like conditions, while also calling for their Due Process Rights to be ignored, are clearly unconstitutional and a blatant test case for fascism. These policies are cruel and barbaric, scapegoat a powerless and impoverished minority group fleeing violence and hunger in Central America, and represent a major step towards authoritarian rule.

If the American public is convinced to treat refugees and asylum seekers as “animals” and strip away their rights – and such an attack is upheld by a right-wing-majority Supreme Court – then any American citizen or resident is subject to arbitrary arrest, imprisonment without due process in court, and even deportation.

photo by Ross Franklin

At the same time Trump is attacking his critics with ever more suggestive threats, saying on Fox News on July 1:

“There’s probably never been a base in the history of politics in this country like my base. I hope the other side realizes that they better just take it easy. Because some of the language used, some of the words used, even some of the radical ideas, I really think they’re very bad for the country. I think they’re actually dangerous for the country.” – Donald Trump

,in response to recent incidents in which celebrities cursed him out and protesters demonstrated against members of his administration in restaurants and public spaces.

photo by Ross Franklin

Yes, this is the same President Trump who called U.S. Constitution a “really bad thing for the country” shortly after his election, continuously labels the media and journalists as “enemies of the people”, lavishes praise on brutal dictators around the world, and openly states his own ambitions to become President for Life.