Many Americans fear that Donald Trump is edging the country closer and closer to a Constitutional Crisis. According to Tim Rogers, a journalist, and expert on Latin American leaders, these fears are entirely justified.
Rogers states that Trump has no respect for the “sanctity of the presidency.” Rogers, who is an expert on Nicaragua’s Sandinista Front for National Liberation (FSLN) and the country’s former President Daniel Ortega, says that there are a lot of similarities between Trump and people like Ortega, who refused to leave office in Nicaragua.
Rogers describes Trump as a “tribal leader,” who is “dividing” the United States instead of uniting it. “This is a dangerous moment for the country,” he wrote on the Fusion website. “Trump has shown no interest in preserving the sanctity of the presidency or the traditions of U.S. democracy. He might not even be familiar with them.
“Trump is only interested in Trump. He’s willing to sacrifice everything for the sake of self-preservation. This is how dictatorships are born.”
He went on to say, “Shortly after Daniel Ortega was elected president of Nicaragua in 2006, renowned author and intellectual Sergio Ramírez told me, ‘anyone who thinks Ortega is going to leave office at the end of his term is being naive.’ I was naive. I didn’t see it coming, even after I was warned what to look out for.
“I might be naive again by thinking that Trump will try something similar by refusing to go away when his time is up. But Nicaragua taught me it’s best to err on the side of caution when dealing with authoritarians.”
The warnings are there—hopefully Americans will listen to them.