A journalist and CNN contributor on Thursday accused President-Elect Donald Trump of “auditioning to be a dictator” and fomenting death threats against a union boss.
A tweet, of course.
Trump on Wednesday used his favorite medium to push back against Chuck Jones, the United Steelworkers Local 1999 president who had accused the president-elect of exaggerating the number of jobs he had saved at a pair of Carrier Corp. plants in Indiana.
“Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers. No wonder companies flee country!” the tweet read.
Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers. No wonder companies flee country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2016
Jason Johnson, who in addition to his role with CNN is politics editor of the black-oriented website The Root and a political science professor at Morgan State University, sees a pattern.
“He’s basically auditioning to be a dictator. And a bully,” he said on “CNN Newsroom.”
Ron Brownstein, the editorial director for strategic partnerships for Atlantic Media, suggested dictator might be too strong a word. But he added that he understands why people feel that way.
“I would not go that far, but I do think people ought to be concerned about what the implications of this may be,” he said. “And I think, you know, that Donald Trump … this kind of personal criticism of an individual American who is raising questions about the president is a line that is a dangerous line to cross.”
Johnson also saw danger.
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