Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

An Ominous List

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

An Ominous List

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When Donald Trump recently expressed his desire for a huge Soviet-era-style military parade, to me it was the final piece of evidence proving he wants to be a dictator. A simple internet search resulted in finding a list of characteristics all dictators share:

1. You're a narcissist who likes to put your name or face on buildings.

2. You appoint family members to positions of power and use your office for personal financial gain.

3. You hold rallies and insist people clap for you during speeches.

4. You attempt to vilify, discredit or intimidate the free press and have your own media outlet devoted to propaganda.

5. You hate criticism and frequently replace or eliminate staff members who differ with you.

6. You politicize the military and intelligence agencies.

7. You show open admiration for other dictators and authoritarian rulers. …

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