Donald Trump wants to be king.
At least he indicated as much on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon."
The GOP frontrunner held court on Friday night with one of the entertainment industry's leading jesters who joked about Trump's hair, his ego, and his runaway lead in the 2016 presidential race.
Trump -- who is now leading the Republican field with a whopping 30 percent of the vote according to a new CNN/ORC poll -- suggested that the United States ought to ditch election law and hold the presidential election this week.
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Boasting about his popularity, Trump invoked other countries where national leaders can force an election to be held at will, with little advanced warning.
In most foreign countries, they are called parliamentary democracies. Through them, monarchies can ascend through heredity (traditional monarchies such as England); monarchies can be elected via ballot box (called elective monarchies); and according to "Dictators and the Art of Winning Elections," prime ministers and presidents may be elected early in the event of dire circumstances such as wartime or whenever leaders wish to call for an election, post haste.
Citing those foreign countries along with his burgeoning popularity Trump quipped, "Well, I'm demanding that the election be held this week!"
Of course, Trump was joking.
It was "The Tonight Show," after all.
Or... was he?
I believe there is a tacit revelation in Trump's tease.
Undoubtedly, Trump looks around at his 16 peers whom he views as mental midgets, and wishes the election were finished today. (Some Americans feel the same.)
But "the Donald" can't trump U.S. election law.
Like any other candidate, Trump must past muster through a series of dozen caucuses which begin Feb, 1, 2016. He must survive "Super Tuesday" on March 1, 2016, during which his fate in 13 states will be tallied. He must eventually gain the 1,144 delegates required to become the eventual nominee at next summer's Republican National Committee convention in Cleveland 10 months from now.
If Trump had his way, the way he joked about on "The Tonight Show," it seems he would attempt to short-circuit the process just as foreign dictators.
Think a Trump dynasty couldn't happen? Kings and foreign dictators thrive in a cult of personality and celebrity that Donald Trump exemplifies.
In 2012, Russian Federation president Vladimir Putin tossed his country's election laws so that he could run for a third term. If he chooses to run again in 2018, he'll be the country's longest-serving president since Joseph Stalin.
Now, I am not suggesting that Donald Trump is Hitler. Nor am I suggesting that he possess all of the traits of Putin.
However, I am suggesting that Trump's joke about usurping U.S. election law ought to give pause to the Tea Partiers and strict Constitutionalists who support him. After all, what does it say about a candidate who is willing to laugh about throwing out election law in favor of his own popularity?
That is not the country our forefathers wanted.
In fact, that is the country our forefathers warned about -- one of kings.
Once Trump is elected -- and I do believe that is now a serious possibility -- he could very well choose to follow the foreign country model, discard U.S. election law by way of executive order, and even remain in office just as foreign dictators have done.
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