Trump lambasted for Clinton jail threat
A CHORUS of critics painted Donald Trump as a dictator in the making, after he threatened to imprison Hillary Clinton if he wins the White House.
Mr Trump was called “dangerous”, accused of being “unfit” to be president, and drew a series of unfavourable comparisons to Venezuela and Russia after he told his rival he would have her jailed if he were victorious in November.
He was referring to Ms Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state, which the Federal Bureau of Investigation has looked into and declined to prosecute.
President Barack Obama’s former attorney general, Eric Holder, led the condemnation, describing Mr Trump as “dangerous/unfit” and pointing out that even president Richard Nixon’s top lawyer resigned when ordered to probe a political opponent.
“In the USA we do not threaten to jail political opponents. @realDonaldTrump said he would. He is promising to abuse the power of the office,” Mr Holder said in a tweet.
Former US ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul tweeted that the comment “reminds me of autocracies I study. Embarrassed this is happening in America.”
Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman said, “Let’s be clear: a candidate for president promised to put his opponent in jail if he wins. Everything else is secondary.”
Mr Trump was also tarred by a number of fellow Republicans.
“Winning candidates don’t threaten to put opponents in jail,” said former George W Bush White House spokesperson Ari Fleischer.
“Presidents don’t threaten prosecution of individuals. Mr Trump is wrong on this.” –
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (right) and Republican candidate Donald Trump shake hands at the end of the second presidential debate at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, on October 9.