Time on What If Trump Wins

How far would Trump go if elected?

Time on What If Trump Wins
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Another article, like yesterday's The Daily Episode, where Eric Cortellessa at Time theorizes on what could happen if Trump wins the election:

What emerged in two interviews with Trump, and conversations with more than a dozen of his closest advisers and confidants, were the outlines of an imperial presidency that would reshape America and its role in the world. To carry out a deportation operation designed to remove more than 11 million people from the country, Trump told me, he would be willing to build migrant detention camps and deploy the U.S. military, both at the border and inland. He would let red states monitor women’s pregnancies and prosecute those who violate abortion bans. He would, at his personal discretion, withhold funds appropriated by Congress, according to top advisers. He would be willing to fire a U.S. Attorney who doesn’t carry out his order to prosecute someone, breaking with a tradition of independent law enforcement that dates from America’s founding. He is weighing pardons for every one of his supporters accused of attacking the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, more than 800 of whom have pleaded guilty or been convicted by a jury. He might not come to the aid of an attacked ally in Europe or Asia if he felt that country wasn’t paying enough for its own defense. He would gut the U.S. civil service, deploy the National Guard to American cities as he sees fit, close the White House pandemic-preparedness office, and staff his Administration with acolytes who back his false assertion that the 2020 election was stolen.

Hopefully it's obvious how far beyond bluster Trump is, and how dangerous a second Trump term could be. The first go around there were still checks and balances in place that could limit how far he could go. This time, he's better prepared to remove all of those barriers so he can spread his dictatorial style presidency even further.

I keep thinking how he's 77 years old right now. I don't think people are useless at 77 (or 81 like President Joe Biden currently is), nor should they be bared from seeking public office. But no modern company is appointing a 77 year old CEO or leader, are they? What kind of chaos does America plunge into when whoever Trump appoints as his VP becomes President if Trump dies suddenly?