via The Washington Post:
"HAS THERE been a more disturbing low in presidential politics?
'If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation,' Republican nominee Donald Trump threatened in the course of the second presidential debate Sunday night.
'It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country,' Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton responded.
'Because you’d be in jail,' Mr. Trump shot back.
Mark the moment.
A major-party presidential nominee is officially promising to lock up his political opponent, despite the fact that an impartial federal investigation concluded that no fair prosecutor would have charged Ms. Clinton in the matter of her e-mails.
If anyone needed any more proof that Mr. Trump does not understand the meaning of rule of law as opposed to arbitrary rule of autocrat — that he would use the levers of the federal government in a vindictive, self-serving and corrupt manner — Mr. Trump provided it."
Skip around the internet and read the usual rabid right news sites and blogs and understand that a large section of the American people are okay with Trump's promise to act like a tin-pot dictator.
I've been astounded at how a man like Trump was able to get this far in American politics -- right up to the door of the White House. But when one reads the excuses his supporters give after each revelation about Trump's lurid sexual exploits and his dictatorial ambitions for America, that frightens and depresses me even more. When Trump is mercifully gone from presidential politics, those people with their lust for authoritarian strongmen will still be around, and they'll still have the power of the voting booth. A horrible thought.
Talking Points Memo:
(TPM) "I don't think we can discuss this debate as citizens, take stock of it as a country, without noting that this is certainly the first time one candidate has openly threatened to jail the other candidate. Trump said openly that he would instruct the Justice Department to open a new investigation of Clinton and that he'd make sure it ended with her imprisonment. That's something we expect it kleptocracies and thin democracies where electoral defeat can mean exile, imprisonment or death. Such a ferocious claim, one that puts our whole constitutional order on its head, is not something that can be easily undone. That's the ranting threat of a would-be strongman and dictator."