The Editor, Wall St. Journal:
In your editorial “Trump Agonistes” (Feb. 27), you implicitly recognize the greatest danger of a Trump presidency. “Mr. Trump,” you wrote, “took his attacks on the press corps to a new level by promising to change the libel laws” to make it easier for him to sue his critics. You also said Trump threatened to retaliate against the Ricketts family for donating to a Super Pac that criticized him.
Donald Trump is a charismatic leader with a mass following whose devotion to him is blind, deaf, and dumb. Trump’s impulse is to attack and destroy anyone who criticizes him. This creates a dangerous mix if this “Great Leader” becomes president. No one in Congress will stand up to Trump, who will roll over his opponents. As Donald Trump, “clothed,” with what Abraham Lincoln referred to as “the awesome power of the presidency,” uses the organs of government to go after his critics in the press, the first casualty will be the first amendment. Watch out, Rich Lowry, Glenn Beck, and the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board. We know from history how it turns out when a nation is ruled by a strongman based on a cult of personality.
The good news is that since the last debate, Trump’s opponents have finally figured out that they need to attack him hard and ad hominem. His followers don’t care about issues so personal attacks are the only way to take him down. Hopefully it isn’t too little too late.