One characteristic of third world, tinpot dicatorships and immature democracies is how the ruling parties not only regard political office as a means to engage in blatant patronage actions for supporters (less politely, blatant corruption), but also how they regard gaining political power as an opportunity to legally persecute their opponents or members of the prior government. We have seen that sort of behavior unfolding in Africa for decades, and also in Pakistan, where the first action of a new election winner seems to be to try to have as many members as possible of the old government jailed.
We are now entering that kind of zone here in the uSA, courtesy of Donald Trump’s remark tonight that if he were elected to the Presidency, Hillary Clinton would be in jail.
Donald Trump just called Hillary Clinton the devil and threatened to prosecute her https://t.co/B4LcJV7kTq
— TIME (@TIME) October 10, 2016
Jessica Schulberg calls that out for what it is:
Threatening to throw your opponent in jail if you win is pretty classic dictator behavior
— Jessica Schulberg (@jessicaschulb) October 10, 2016