On Monday, Politico reported that President-elect Donald Trump is still employing a private security force at his rallies to crack down on protesters — and Robert Reich thinks that’s a very ominous sign.
In his latest Facebook post, Reich reacted with alarm to Trump’s continued use of a private security force led by longtime ally Keith Schiller. In particular, he says that Trump’s decision to rely on his own personal security force is “more evidence of pending tyranny.”
“Even after the election, Trump’s private security force has removed protesters – sometimes roughly – at many of his ‘Thank You Tour’ rallies, including about a dozen protesters during a rally in Grand Rapids on Dec. 9, after Trump shouted ‘Get ‘em out!'” Reich explains. “Kings and dictators have palace guards. President’s don’t. At least not until King Trump.”
The Politico article quotes security experts such as former Secret Service Agent Jonathan Wackrow, who says that Trump is “playing with fire” by using both the Secret Service and his own security detail.
“[It] increases the Service’s liability, it creates greater confusion and it creates greater risk,” he said of Trump’s continued use of a private firm.
In the conclusion of his post, Reich calls upon Congress to “make it illegal for a president to have a private security force accountable to no one but himself.”