The T-rump is in the process of becoming a dictator. He is for sure a pathetically bad leader, but he has been effectively consolidating more and more power, for 3 years. His impeachment confirmed that he is above the law.
It can’t be easy to turn the USA into a full fledged autocracy, but the T rump has been gutting the institutions that would hold back someone from becoming a dictator. Due to how our nation started out, we had lots of protections against someone taking over as a dictator.
But the T rump has undermined a lot, if not most, of those. All of the departments of govt are no longer primarily servants of the country. Rather they are departments for the T rump’s re-election. Hard right Federal Judgeships have been installed on a massive level.
He continues to attack the part of the media that he does not yet already control. And if you hadn’t noticed, he doesn’t give up. If he can’t do a Muslim ban, he keeps at it til he can do something similar. If he can’t punish asylum seekers by kidnapping their children, he will eventually find another way to punish them.
But he cannot become a full fledged Dictator until he is secure in a 2nd term. At that point, he will have all he needs. I agree that he will not be a competent Dictator, because he is not competent at anything beyond self-promotion. But he will have all the power that he wants to enact his every sick right wing whim that occurs to him. He will appoint more hard right Justices to the SCOTUS. So the Constitution will say whatever he wants it to say. He will enact marshal law, because some will rebel.
For the T rump, EVERYTHING is about getting a 2nd term. He can’t yet decide about how to deal with current unrest, though he telegraphs his proclivities by blaming it on his enemies, including making up Antifa as being the instigator of violence. He needs only to invoke the Insurrection Act, in order to be able to use our military against citizens that he deems to be opponents. But he doesn’t know whether that will help or prevent his chances for a 2nd term.
Once he has a 2nd term, however, he can do anything he wants. And he will. Why wouldn’t he? He will be a full fledged Dictator. He will probably still be incompetent, but he has never let that stop him. He will bring on the full fledged dystopia, that we are getting a preview of, already.
Anyone, including Melissa Chen, who thinks that the T rump has not been hoarding power is ignoring the fact that he has been effectively inexorably hoarding power. When he hasn’t succeeded at first, he keeps on until he does.
But I agree with Melissa in that the T rump IS “a bad leader who cannot seem to lead his country out of the darkness.” He is simply not capable of positive leadership. He cannot Make America Great. He can only turn America into the carnage and disastrous mess that he hyperbolically LIED about, and said that it was, before he took over.