The New York Times conducted a lengthy interview of Donald Trump. The entire context is strange, but that’s what we have gotten used to with Trump as your illegitimate president. There were several unsettling comments, but one was frightening. Trump believes that the Director of the FBI should report directly to him; not to the Attorney General.
In 1933, Adolf Hitler consolidated control of his country. The steps needed to create his fascist regime were to have a single party in control of the parliament; control the flow of information from the press; and create a secret police to insure that his rules were adhered to by every citizen.
So far Trump has conducted business in Washington in a completely partisan manner. Six months into his illegitimate presidency he has failed to meet with a single leader of the Democratic Party. Trump calls the legitimate news services ‘fake news,’ and receives all of his information from right wing, extreme propaganda machines. He would like to repeal the first amendment. Now he is attempting to re-create the FBI into his own secret police force.
No one can deny that Trump does not believe in democracy. His autocratic philosophies are obvious. He fails to use his advisers, or listen to the majority of Americans who reject him and his proposals. He has absolutely no understanding about the workings of government. He refuses to discuss the issues; it’s “his way or the highway.”
Trump demands unbridled loyalty but, with the exception of his family, he offers none in return. The primary reason for firing former FBI Director James Comey was the fact that he refused to halt the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, but Comey’s refusal to pledge his loyalty to Trump is included in that decision.
Although the FBI Director serves ‘at the pleasure of the president,’ his job is intended to be independent from the White House. The FBI is ‘America’s watchdog.’
This was Trump’s statement which is, of course, completely inaccurate.
“And nothing was changed other than Richard Nixon came along. And when Nixon came along [inaudible] was pretty brutal, and out of courtesy, the F.B.I. started reporting to the Department of Justice. But there was nothing official, there was nothing from Congress. There was nothing — anything. But the F.B.I. person really reports directly to he president of the United States, which is interesting. You know, which is interesting. And I think we’re going to have a great new F.B.I. Director.”
The birth of the FBI was in 1908, and was immediately attached to the Department of Justice; not associated with the presidency.
We cannot allow Trump to change our nation and remake it into his distorted image. No one has any reason to respect or offer their loyalty to Trump; he does not reciprocate.
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Op-ed by James Turnage
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