Trump lam­basted for Clin­ton jail threat

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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.” –

Photo: AFP

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.

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