No, that was not hyperbole. Trump is no longer pretending not to be a fascist dictator. He said, and repeated, and made clear in yesterday’s briefing:
I have the ultimate authority.
When somebody is the president of the United States, the authority is total. And that’s the way it’s gotta be. It’s total.
The federal government has absolute power. … I have an absolute right.
As Steve Vladeck, a professor at the University of Texas School of Law pointed out, that would be the literal definition of a totalitarian government.
Have we mentioned on this blog that the Republican Party is general, and Donald Trump in particular, are fascist? Why yes we have, since the very first week this blog was up. If you doubted it in 2017, there is no longer any room for your doubts now.