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Krauthammer: Trump Seems To Have ‘Authoritarian Impulses,’ ‘He Seems To Want To Carry Out Vendettas’

On Monday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” columnist Charles Krauthammer reacted to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s comments about jailing Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by saying, “Do we want to invest in him all the powers of the government if he acts in a way where he seems to want to carry out vendettas?” And “it makes you wonder about his authoritarian impulses.”

Krauthammer said, [relevant remarks begin around 9:05] “I’m one of those who thinks there was a miscarriage of justice in not indicting her. But the problem is the pattern from Trump. He has spoken about using the powers of the government to go after other opponents, like the publisher of the Washington Post. He’s talked about that. He warned the Ricketts family, who had supported one of his opponents, that they might have a business that would be investigated. Do we want to invest in him all the powers of the government if he acts in a way where he seems to want to carry out vendettas? And that, I think, only reinforced that. In her case, there was a miscarriage of justice, I think, so that’s a — perhaps in a different category. But, it makes you wonder about his authoritarian impulses. And that’s what I think is the issue.”

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