Trump’s authoritarian pledge: Jobs for “loyal citizens”
At a photo op at the Boeing plant in North Charleston, South Carolina, Donald Trump pledged to fight for "more jobs and better-paying jobs for the loyal citizens of our country."
In a little-noticed line from an otherwise unremarkable speech, Donald Trump indicated that Americans he may not deem “loyal” should not expect to be represented by his administration:
We are going to fight to get more jobs and better-paying jobs for the loyal citizens of our country. Believe me.
Given his lack of respect for free speech rights, or for the people who exercise them, and his declaration that the media is the enemy of the people, his message is clear: If you do not agree with me, I am not fighting for you.
In short, the President of the United States refuses to represent all of its people.
This is not the only time Trump has used this phrasing. In a recent weekly address he made clear who he is here to serve:
On every single front, we are working to deliver for American workers and American families. You, the law-abiding citizens of this country, are my total priority. Your safety, your jobs and your wages guide our decisions. We are here to serve you, the great and loyal citizens of the United States of America.
During the campaign, Trump asked supporters at his rallies to raise their hands to pledge their support to him. His demand appears to continue as president.