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Donald Trump Threatening To Imprison His Political Opponent Should Terrify You

The second presidential debate was a whirlwind. Not only did Donald Trump invite Bill Clinton’s accusers to attend the debate, he even said he would send Hillary Clinton to jail. Send. Her. To. Jail. The threat was over the emails for which the FBI has already cleared her of wrongdoing. Threatening to send your political prisons to jail is not what a democracy is built on. That’s called a dictatorship.

This is the moment Donald Trump threatened to send Hillary Clinton to jail if he wins the presidency.


Clinton: “It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law of our country.”

Trump: “Because you’d be in jail.”

America: “Wait…what?” ?

People wasted no time calling out the threat to democracy that response is.


Imagine if any other president had threatened to put their political opponents in jail. Their career would be over.

People are not mincing words here: That is dictatorship.


This is truly a weird and incomprehensible time in American politics.

Violent dictatorship at that.

And, FYI, that’s a pretty sensitive topics for Latinos who have experienced or whose families have experienced such regimes.


Speaking of violent dictatorship, here are just five Latin American dictators that arrested their political opponents.

1. Nicaragua’s Anastasio Somoza Debayle


Anastasio Somoza Debayle was one of the infamous Somoza dynasty, started by his father Anastasio Somoza García, that devastated the country of Nicaragua. According to Encyclopedia.com, Somoza Debayle was educated in the United States, graduating from West Point in 1946, under the urging of his father. Upon the completion of his education, he was appointed as a high-ranking official in the Nicaraguan National Guard. Over time, Somoza Debayle was able to use his power to make himself the president of Nicaragua in 1967. Part of Somoza Debayle’s plan to keep total control of Nicaragua hinged on the imprisonment and stripping of power of his political opponents. A rigged election guaranteed him a six-year presidency starting in 1974, which he did not finish. Somoza Debayle was forced to flee from Nicaragua as his government crumbled, eventually being assassinated in Paraguay.

2. Chile’s Augusto Pinochet


Augusto Pinochet was the brutal Chilean dictator who lead a coup against President Salvador Allende in 1973. After toppling the government that had helped him rise politically, Pinochet led the country into great economic growth, according to The New York Times. However, the short gains were marred by the death of more than 3,000 prisoners and the countless thousands more Chileans who went missing, were tortured and were exiled. People who disagreed with Pinochet were the ones jailed and their jailing was used to motivate towns and villages to submit to the military’s rule.

3. Cuba’s Fidel Castro


Fidel Castro rose to power in the 1950s by overthrowing the dictator Fulgencio Batista and set about nationalizing all U.S.-owned business on the island, prompting the embargo. Under Castro, political dissent was treated as treason, with thousands of Cuban being jailed for decades for expressing political ideologies that did not align with Castro’s Cuba. According to History.com, Castro’s government jailed all political dissidents, abolished private businesses and got rid of newspapers that printed stories opposing the Castro regime. According to a personal essay in The Washington Post, Cubans faced prisons sentences for “fidelity of our conscience” for things as small as not having a “I’m with Fidel” sign on desks.

4. Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro


Nicolás Maduro is the leader of the economically crumbling Venezuela. Maduro has been rejecting any foreign assistance as the world watches the South American country fall apart as food and basic medicine becomes scarce. The governmental system of Venezuela that has led to this severe economic problem was started by Hugo Chavez. Since Maduro’s presidency began, it has gotten worse. According to The New York Times, Chavez had about a dozen political prisoners during his rule and that number has now risen to 100. The New York Times also reports that another 2,000 Venezuelans are still at risk of being imprisoned as political prisoners.

5. Panama’s Manuel Noriega


Manuel Noriega started his rise to power when he helped General Omar Torrijos take control of the Panamanian government in 1968. His loyalty to Torrijos helped for him to gain more notoriety and clout in the National Guard, eventually landing him on the CIA payroll for intelligence. But it wasn’t long until things took a brutal turn, with political opponents being imprisoned and, in one extreme case, decapitated. When Torrijos suddenly died in a plane crash, Noriega took power of Panama and continued to be a brutal dictator. Eventually, Noriega was arrested by U.S. officials for drug trafficking in the U.S.


READ: Here Is Yet Another Example Of Donald Trump Being A Garbage Person

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People Who Voted For Trump’s 2016 Election Opened Up About The Moment They Decided To Not Vote For Him In 2020

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People Who Voted For Trump’s 2016 Election Opened Up About The Moment They Decided To Not Vote For Him In 2020

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On Monday, a user on Reddit asked conservative users the question “Republicans who will not be voting for Trump this time around, what was the breaking point for you?” Unsurprisingly the question posted by u/BenTCinco prompted over 17 K comments from users and some pretty enlightening conversations about our commander-in-chief.

Check out the responses from users below.

When he attacked John McCain.

“In 2016 when he demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt that he completely lacked any moral fabric by attempting to disparage McCain’s military record because he was captured.“- ImRightImRight

The disrespect and carelessness he showed BLM protestors.

“When he gassed a bunch of innocent protestors with teargas to get a picture of him holding a bible.” –kickpicket36it

When Mitt Romney voted for his impeachment.

“Pre-impeachment I was never all that angry. I never voted for him to begin with and I wasn’t planning to this year either. I did vote for mitt romney in 2016 and 2018 because I just like most of the work he does for my state, despite other things. I was surprised by his vote to impeach, and even impressed in a way. I knew he had committed career suicide by doing this, but the backlash he got state-side and from the Trump administration as well as the republican party as a whole was disgusting to me. When Mitt Romney was potentially exposed to COVID, and Trump sarcastically said, “Gee, that’s too bad.” All but expressing how little he cared if my representative lived or died. That was it. The president is dead to me until a new one is elected. Fuck Trump.” –NoonTide86

When he displayed his lack of understanding of actual science.

“Suppose we hit the body, with a tremendous light.” –Mjbass

When he showed how little he cared about the environment and our future.

“Stripping wildlife and environmental protections. Goodbye, investment growth, we had a good run. I’ll miss you.” – GPQ70

When he showed he had zero focus.

“It really pissed me off when like two days ago he made cub hunting legal in Alaska. Like WHAT IN THE GODDAMN FUCK. Not only is that fucking horrible, but I feel like changing hunting regulations is not exactly what a President should be focusing on with everything else going on right now.” –MountainDude95

When he despicably used George Floyd’s name in vain.

“This quote? ‘Hopefully George is looking down right now and saying this is a great thing that’s happening for our country. It’s a great day for him. It’s a great day for everybody. This is a great day for everybody. This is a great, great day in terms of equality. It’s really what our Constitution requires, and it’s what our country is all about.'” – Annoy_Occult_Vet

His disastrous handling of the coronavirus.

“The final blow? Was his handling of the Corona Virus. Putting states at odds with each and the feds over medical supplies?” –mentaltease

His constant lies.

“The fact he appointed a oil exec to be the head of the EPA so it could be dismantled.. And that he lies constantly.. I left the GOP” – BRoodingENT

Not speaking out about police brutality.

“A relative of mine messaged me about a week after the George Floyd protests had been going to inform me that she had seen a post I made online about it and it moved her to tears. She told me she was no longer supporting Trump because he did not once speak out about police brutality and everything happening. I believe it is the fact that when she saw George Floyd’s death she saw her black family members in his place and realized she could no longer support someone who would let that happen. As much as I love her, her views have in the past been problematic and kind of racist which hurt me. It was a shock to me that she flipped so suddenly considering how awful he has been in the past, but I think when things become personal and threaten your family, it can be the one thing that shocks you into seeing the reality of things.” – Sirmoulin

When he threatened to shoot looters.

“Recently when he threatened to shoot looters. (I don’t support the looting, it’s just that the punishment shouldn’t be death.) Also when he said that the 75-year-old man who was pushed down was actually ANTIFA.”- Sirmoulin

And of course, his ridiculous Twitter tants.

“Annoying non-stop Twitter rants, egomaniac, lack of empathy, Divide and Conquer mentality, tyrannical White House Turn-Over Rate. Yeah, there’s typically some that resign in politics, but WOW. Front door is now a revolving door. Any high-ranking official that gets excited to work with/for him does and then goes running screaming (resignation) and then says he’s imbalanced, unethical, conniving, and devisive. All of his friends are either doing time in the Pokey aka Prison (too many to list) or dead (Epstein). He was just “inspecting the underground bunker”. Cowardly (and weird) walk to the DC church (surrounded by police, SWAT, USSS, and snipers) to hold the Bible upside down. He doesn’t give 2 shits about religion. I live near him. I can’t believe what he said about POW John McCain. He likes people ‘who don’t get caught.’ ‘Punch him in the face; I’ll pay your legal fees.’ We’ve gotten a good picture now about exactly how this maniac rolls and it is not good. When the country is going to hell in a hand basket and we need to hear from our leader (Presidential Address), he’s absent or says something super fucked up on Twitter to make the situation worse. We need someone A LOT more emotionally and mentally mature to deserve residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and properly handling the economy like a BOSS, nurturing peaceful and strong foreign relations, and creating as a leader an environment for us, for the people of the United States of America to feel that we are UNITED and all in this TOGETHER to make this the fantastic and strong nation that it is. I didn’t vote for either candidate last election. It was like voting for Dumb or Dumber (PALM BEACH) Registered Independent NPA I didn’t want to, thought the Democrats all looked ridiculous, but now voting for Biden.”

Prince Harry And Meghan Officially Say Goodbye To Royal Life And Clapback at Donald Trump’s Attacks

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Prince Harry And Meghan Officially Say Goodbye To Royal Life And Clapback at Donald Trump’s Attacks

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Come and gone so soon.

When Meghan Markle became part of the British Royal family in 2018, we good apples were excited to see how the former “Suits” actress would shake-up the stuffy monarchy. Sadly, after an onslaught of racial and other colorless attacks on Markle, the family made the decision to take a step back from the limelight announcing that they would become “financially independent” in early 2020.

Today marks the first day of Prince Harry as one of us normals and the return of Meghan Markle.

Earlier this year in January, Harry and Meghan announced that they would be taking a step back from royal life and become “financially independent,” sharing their desire to “carve out a progressive new role within this institution” in an Instagram post.

In response to rumors that Meghan and Harry might be moving to the states, Donald Trump took the time to peek up from the coronavirus pandemic to comment.

“I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom. It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada. Now they have left Canada for the U.S. however, the U.S. will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!” Trump tweeted.

Ahead of their official ‘goodbye’, the two released a statement made on Monday seemingly in response to this statement.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex would prefer that in the immediate weeks and months, the focus remains on the global response to Covid-19,” a Sussex spokesperson said according to CNN. “However, we recognize there are outstanding questions relating to their future beyond their Household transition deadline.”


The statement came just days after United States president, Donald Trump tweeted that the United States would not pay to protect Prince Harry and his wife Meghan when they move to the states. So that’s that.