At Sunday’s debate, Donald Trump revealed that he is not running to be America’s president so much as its dictator.
The debate’s most unnerving moment came early. “If I win, I’m going to instruct the attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation, because there’s never been so many lies, so much deception,” Trump told Hillary Clinton.
“It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law of our country,” Clinton shot back.
Trump, determined as always to make subtext into text, left no room for confusion. “Because you’d be in jail,” he said.
So there it was. The Republican nominee for president of the United States has promised to imprison his opponent if he wins the election. “This is what happens in dictatorships,” wrote the New York Times’ Max Fisher. “Not democracies.”
Tonight was the night when our worst fears about Donald Trump’s autocratic impulses were confirmed.