From the very first week he’s talked about forced deportation of millions of people and building the Great Wall of Trump both of which evoke images of totalitarian states.This has not been something that anyone in American politics seriously discussed until this campaign but it’s now a mainstream Republican policy proposal opposed by many to be sure – but mostly on practical grounds.When asked how we would know who to deport Trump routinely says ‘the police know who they are’.Over the weekend he said ‘we are going to get rid of the criminals and it’s going to happen within one hour after I take office – we start – okay?’His campaign manager says the details are ‘to be determined.’
It doesn’t end there of course.
There’s the promise to institute surveillance on Mosques – ban Muslims (recently changed to something he calls ‘extreme – extreme vetting’) ‘take out’ or otherwise use the families of terrorist suspects to extract information – reinstitute waterboarding and ‘much worse’ (possibly even “chopping off heads” to fight fire with fire) summary executions, (sometimes with bullets dipped in pigs blood to scare the Muslims) and more.
In a presidential debate he said he would order the military to torture and they would follow his orders.
Days later he was forced by someone – we still don’t know who – to admit that he could not unilaterally order troops to commit war crimes. (We also know that there is some recent precedent for getting around that …)