U.S. president Donald Trump intends to be a dictator. By this I mean that he wishes to individually dictate law and individually control the levers of the state through a mixture of legal and extralegal mechanisms with no effective external restraint. The actions he is taking are all in pursuit of this goal, and he is already well on his way.
Trump infamously promised in his convention speech that he alone could fix the countryís problems, and thatís how he intends to govern ó alone.
There are a finite number of institutions that can stand in the way of a president. Up to this point, most presidents havenít wanted to be dictators, and so they have respected these institutions enough to capitulate when the rules of the game indicated that they, the presidents, had lost to them.
But Trump is the kid that trashes the Monopoly board when heís losing. One of the most important lessons we have learned so far is that many of the things we assume presidents will do are just convention and good form ó they arenít actually required.
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