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  2. > Here’s the thing: Donald Trump can’t order American business to do anything. There’s a reason the business world is known as the “private sector” — because it’s not owned or controlled by the government (aka the “public sector.”) We don’t have state-run industry (or media). **The President of the United States can’t “order” privately held business to do, well, much of anything.**

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    > It’s not immediately clear — to me at least — if Trump understands that. Throughout his presidency, he has marveled at the total control that authoritarian rulers — in places like Russia and China — exert over their countries and publicly wished he had control like that. He has shown a willingness to trample on the traditional diving lines between the White House and the Justice Department, expressing frustration that the attorney general and his staff aren’t pursuing the investigations Trump wants them to. And on and on it goes. He publicly bullies the Federal Reserve chairman for not lowering interest rates fast enough.

    > What is clear is why Trump is doing this: **He’s attempting to exert control — even though he has no actual authority to do so — over a situation that he feels he is losing control of.**

    I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if Trump attempted a coup if he loses in 2020. That’s one reason of many that Trump should be impeached immediately.

    Even if Senate Republicans led by Moscow Mitch refuse to remove Trump for office, they should be forced to be on record as defending the treasonous tyrant occupying the White House.

  3. I think people should take this seriously. Can he order that companies start looking for alternates? No. Can he make it very difficult for US companies to do business in China? Yes, absolutely.

  4. How is this not grounds to start impeachment?

    This week, Trump has…

    * claimed himself to be “King of Jews”
    * claimed himself to be “the chosen one” (while looking skyward)
    * claimed himself to be the “second coming of God”
    * has illegally ordered companies to stop doing business with China
    * has illegally ordered companies to search all packages from China for fentanyl
    * has compared the head of the Fed to dictator Xi of China and called him an “enemy of the people”
    * claimed that doctors left operating rooms in Dayton and El Paso to come see him
    * had a baby whose parents had just been killed in the Dayton shooting brought back to the hospital – so he could grin and give the thumbs up beside the new orphan

    Am I missing anything? How are any of these things okay with American citizens?

  5. >Here’s the thing: Donald Trump can’t order American business to do anything. There’s a reason the business world is known as the “private sector” — because it’s not owned or controlled by the government (aka the “public sector.”) We don’t have state-run industry (or media). The President of the United States can’t “order” privately held business to do, well, much of anything.

    /r/AccidentalCommunism

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