What Trump’s jail threats against Clinton say about how he would govern

Donald Trump at the second Presidential Debate.

The second presidential debate just finished a few hours ago and while the spin continues, it is clear to most people that the debate was the most debased presidential debate ever. But between all the absurdities spoken by Trump, we got a glimpse of what a Trump presidency would be like.

This debate didn’t shown us anything most of us didn’t already know.

Trump downplayed his grotesque comments about women, lied about his support for the Iraq War, made ignorant comments about the civil war in Syria and Muslim Americans, lashed out at the debate moderators for not letting him speak even though he spoke for a longer time than Hillary Clinton, threw his running mate Mike Pence under the bus and even called Clinton the devil. Even with all this absurdity, there were way too many issues that we’re even touched upon.

However, his comment about what he would do to Hillary Clinton for using a private server if he is elected president gave us a clear insight into how Trump thinks of the presidency.

Trump said:

…if I win, I am going to instruct my Attorney General to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation because there has never been so many lies, so much deception. There has never been anything like it. And we’re going to have a special prosecutor.

Trump outright threatened Clinton with prosecution and even went as far to say that she would be in jail if he were in charge. One could downplay the comment and argue that he only said this because he knew it would get cheers from his base and the alt-right but we shouldn’t take the comments lightly.

The email scandal has been the main headache for Clinton’s campaign. It led to a year-long investigation which ended with FBI Director James B. Comey saying that neither Clinton nor her aides should face criminal charges and the Justice Department formally closing the investigation without filing any charges.

Though the matter has legally been put to rest and Comey himself said, “No reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case,” the emails continue to be the main focus of the attacks against Clinton.

To a certain degree one can understand why Republicans go after Clinton’s emails since it does perfectly illustrate the secretiveness that characterizes her with but when Trump said he would get his attorney general to prosecute Clinton for the emails it crossed a line.

Such an action would be an outright political use of the Justice Department. It not only shows that Trump is willing to go after Clinton for issues that legally have been put to rest but it signals how he might govern if he were elected president. He would not hesitate to use the powers of the office to go after political enemies.

This was by no means the only shocking statement that Trump made Sunday night but it is the one that clearly shows he is not fit to wield the grand powers of the presidency. His staff can downplay these comments and Trump can deny them as he has done before but for anyone watching on Sunday, it should now be clear that a Trump presidency would likely lead to an unprecedented abuse of power.