15. EXAGGERATE THEIR MANDATE TO GOVERN
AFRICANGLOBE – Robert Reich — the former Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton — just issued a must-read list of red flags warning us of 4 years of tyranny.
Reich’s warning signs echo the actions of past tyrants, like Benito Mussolini in Italy, Adolf Hitler in Germany, Augosto Pinochet in Chile, and Francisco Franco in Spain. In listing each example of tyrannical actions, Reich cited an action taken by President-elect Donald Trump both during his campaign and after his election. Reich’s list is meant to serve as an ominous warning for Americans to stay vigilant in the face of a terrifying and unpredictable government over the next four years.
EXAGGERATE THEIR MANDATE TO GOVERN
Even though Donald Trump lost the popular vote by almost 3 million ballots, Reich pointed to Trump’s ludicrous statement that he would have won the popular vote had “millions” of supposedly illegal voters not cast ballots.
This electoral map from Germany’s 1933 parliamentary elections demonstrates how despite losing the popular vote, Hitler’s Nazi party still claimed a mandate to do with the government as it wished. The Nazis won just 43.91 percent of the popular vote, making them the largest party in the German Reichstag, though still a minority in the overall parliamentary landscape.
Hitler solidified his parliamentary coalition by building an alliance with the Catholic-led Centre Party and the Black-White-Red struggle front to have control over 2/3rds of parliamentary votes. With this coalition, the Nazis oversaw the passage of the Enabling Act of 1933, which gave Hitler the power to make decisions without parliament as chancellor.
Godwin’s law aside, it’s difficult to not be alarmed by Trump’s obvious lie of having a mandate, when comparing it to past history.