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

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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.

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“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:

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  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

 

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

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(H/t Mediaite)


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Trump lashes out at Pelosi for going to Jordan to fix his Syria flub

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump

President Donald Trump tweeted his anger about Speaker Nancey Pelosi (D-CA) taking a delegation of leaders to Jordan to meet with those working on Syria.

"Pelosi is now leading a delegation of 9, including Corrupt Adam Schiff, to Jordan to check out Syria. She should find out why Obama drew The Red Line In the Sand, & then did NOTHING, losing Syria & all respect. I did something, 58 missiles. One million died under Obama’s mistake!" Trump tweeted Sunday.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1186016354572353536

Vice President Mike Pence went to Turkey last week to attempt to negotiate a ceasefire, but what he ended up with was 120-hour freeze on bombing Kurds.

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Hillary Clinton posts fake letter from JFK to mock Trump’s absurd one to Turkey

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has taken up a new hobby of trolling President Donald Trump on Twitter.

The grandmother of three excelled in her sarcasm and stepped up her shade Sunday afternoon by releasing a fake letter from Former President John F. Kennedy to former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.

Read the fake letter and see the tweet below:

Dear Premier Khrushchev,

Don't be a d*ck, ok? Get your missiles out of Cuba. Everybody will say 'Yay! Khrushchev! You're the best!' But if you don't everybody will be like 'what an assh*le' and call your garbage country 'The Soviet Bunion.'

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‘I’d be open to it’: Trump voters warming up to impeachment as president’s Ukraine story unravels

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In one of the pieces that both the Washington Post and the New York Times are famous for, a visit to talk to Donald Trump voters outside the Beltway about how they feel about the president three years after the election reveals cracks in his support as more information becomes available about his Ukraine phone call that precipitated an impeachment inquiry.

According to the Post's report, they ventured out to Staten Island, or specifically: "New York’s 11th Congressional District, a swath of the country as good a place as any to gauge how a defining moment in American democracy is playing out."

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