A CNN commentator claimed Saturday that Donald Trump will put people in camps and do away with the writ of habeas corpus if he is elected President.
Daily Beast columnist Sally Kohn was taking part in a CNN panel, and when asked what her final thoughts were, she blurted out that Trump would become a rabid dictator.
It is highly unlikely this would happen, but what is most interesting thing about this is that two presidents in history which are generally regarded very highly by liberal Democrats did precisely this: suspend the writ of habeas corpus and/or use internment camps.
I am talking about Abraham Lincoln and Franklyn Delano Roosevelt, of course.
Abraham Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus during the American civil war.
Franklyn Delano Roosevelt suspended the writ of habeas corpus by putting Japanese-American citizens in internment camps.
Yet how many liberal Democrats do you hear bemoan these actual historical dictators? They are widely regarded as heroes and “great presidents of history.”
However, the mere ridiculous hypothesis that a president that is not preferred or admired by liberals may actually resort to the same totalitarian and unconstitutional tactics has them sent some of them into a hysterical, hypocritical panic. I would almost say: “not nice when the shoe of big, totalitarian government is on the other foot, is it?”
Of course, we also have Barack Obama, who issues executive orders to have American citizens that are merely suspected of terrorist ties assassinated; who kept and keeps Guantanamo Bay open; who likes using drones; who supports the Patriot Act and the NSAA; who keeps Homeland Security in existence as well as the TSA; under whose watch the NSA has engaged in massive surveillance of the population; who punishes whistleblowers etc etc. Need we go on about the ways in which liberal darling Obama and his administration fascistically violate constitutional rights?
The pot calling the kettle black simply doesn’t do it justice. Liberals are champions of big government overreach, constitutional rights violations and using presidential power to attain certain goals supported implicitly or explicitly by the liberal-left.
I almost… almost … want to see disgustingly hypocritical liberals like Sally Kohn experience what it’s like to be under the boot for a change, instead of in it.
P.S. Sally, don’t you think it would be a good idea to have a right to bear arms, just in case your worst nightmare about Trump comes true?