Quantcast
Connect with us

Robert Reich warns Americans of future under Trump: A tyrant who ‘absorbs the trappings of power’

Published

on

Former Bill Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich joined Amy Goodman on Tuesday morning’s Democracy Now! where Reich warned of where the country is headed under President-elect Donald Trump just one month out from his inauguration.

Donald Trump has advocated and normalized hateful behaviors of American people, Reich explained, both on and off the campaign trail. “He also does not have any understanding of a democracy,” Reich said.

ADVERTISEMENT

“If anything, his leanings are toward tyranny, and by tyranny I simply mean someone who absorbs the trappings of power but doesn’t understand that he, in a democracy, is a public servant,” Reich continued. “He is working for us, we are not working for him.”

“In many ways Donald Trump seems to be indifferent, at best, to the democratic process,” he said.

Goodman and Reich spoke to the ways that Trump has targeted the media, namely referring back to recent a post of Reich’s about the ways tyrants aim to crumble democracy by delegitimizing and taking power away from the free press.

Reich listed the seven techniques that Trump has already employed to do so, which include the following:

  1. Berate the media
  2. Blacklist critical media
  3. Turn the public against the media
  4. Condemn satirical or critical comments
  5. Threaten the media directly
  6. Limit media access
  7. Bypass the media and communicate with the public directly

 

ADVERTISEMENT

Reich spoke to each one on the segment. You can watch his full remarks below.

(H/t Mediaite)

ADVERTISEMENT


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

2020 Election

Women are making Trump ‘melt down’ — or turn tail and run: columnist

Published

on

President Donald Trump doesn’t like being challenged by any media figures, even if they are conservative white males like Fox News’ Chris Wallace or The Bulwark’s Bill Kristol. But female reporters, in particular, seem to rattle Trump, as journalist Jack Shafer argues in an op-ed published in Politico this week.

Shafer describes a pattern, explaining, “It starts with a reporter, usually a female reporter, asking President Donald Trump hard, tenacious questions at a news conference. Trump’s jaw seizes up, rattled and dumbfounded by the questions that he can’t or won’t answer. He abruptly ends the presser by saying, ‘Thank you very much’ and stalking out of the room.”

Continue Reading

2020 Election

‘Silence is complicity’: GOP condemned for doing nothing as Trump openly touts sabotage of postal service

Published

on

"Donald Trump knows that if the people are heard in November, he and Republicans up and down the ballot will lose," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren. "This is what we're up against—and this is why we have to fight back with all we've got."

Voting rights advocates on Thursday took aim at Republicans in Congress for remaining silent in the face of President Donald Trump's open admission that he is blocking funding for the U.S. Postal Service with the express purpose of stopping an expansion of mail-in ballot access ahead of the November elections.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Mitch McConnell continues to be haunted by this Confederate flag photo – but he says he has no regrets

Published

on

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell explained the origins of an infamous photograph of himself standing in front of a Confederate flag.

The photo has circulated for years, and it's believed to have originated in the early 1990s at an event held at Big Spring Country Club by the Louisville-based John Hunt Morgan Camp 1342 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, reported the Courier-Journal.

Continue Reading
 
 
You need honest news coverage. Help us deliver it. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image