What We Don’t Know if Donald Trump Becomes President

But we have a good idea which way he leans and it isn't pretty...

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's leanings go against the values that make America great, writes Jonathan Allen. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's leanings go against the values that make America great, writes Jonathan Allen. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Posted September 20, 2016 at 5:00am

If he wins the presidency, we don’t know if Donald Trump would crush domestic dissent by rolling tanks over American citizens.  

We don’t know if he would actually create the junta-like deportation force that he’s promised.  

We don’t know if he would hand all of our secrets to the Russian government in exchange for the right to develop condos in St. Petersburg.

We don’t know if he would let nukes fly because he could.  

We don’t know if he would also occupy the role of John Barron, White House press secretary.  

We don’t know if he’d end-run the First Amendment’s freedom-of-religion clause by banning travel to the U.S. from particular regions of the world.  

We don’t know if the anti-Semitic rantings of his supporters and family members are the kind of warning that history suggests we shouldn’t ignore.  

We don’t know if his propaganda machine — so effective at rewriting objective truth — would be shut down after the campaign or retrofitted with the deafening bells and whistles of the presidency.  

We don’t know if his belief that African-Americans have nothing to lose means that he’s planning on taking away rights — after all, he talks about “your schools” as though he were unaware of, or unsupportive of, the Brown v. Board of Education ruling.      

We don’t know if he’d actually punish women for having abortions, call them pigs or drool over his own daughter like a creepy uncle.  

We don’t know if he would cut deals with other countries and then renege on the terms.  

We don’t know if the hole he wants to blow in the budget is $12 trillion or $4.4 trillion.  

We don’t know if he would use the federal Treasury to enrich a new oligarch class, like his buddy Vlad Putin has done.  

We don’t know if he would personally and directly enrich himself from the federal coffers.  

We don’t know if he would fill the White House staff with white supremacists, workplace sexual aggressors and agents for foreign interests.  

We don’t know if he would intimidate federal judges in cases involving his business or appoint jurists on the basis of their favorability toward his personal interests.  

We don’t know if he would try to fire his top aide at the White House every couple of months because someone else did a better job of sucking up to him and telling him what he wants to hear about how great he is.  

We don’t know if he would pay taxes — any taxes — as president.  

We don’t know if he would slash programs that support the poor and disabled while mocking them from the podium in the White House briefing room.  

We don’t know if he’d celebrate his victory of prognostication each time a terrorist shot up a school or bombed an office.  

We don’t know if he would rally his supporters to commit acts of violence at rallies and intimidate voters at the polls.  

We don’t know if he’d try to scrub any mention of Barack Obama from American history after producing fake documents to show that his predecessor was in fact born in Kenya.  

We don’t know if he’d live in his hotel rather than the White House.  

We don’t know if he would feud with individual American citizens, like he did with Gold Star parents and a pastor at a black church in Flint, Michigan.  

We don’t know if he would end the practice of White House press conferences or prohibit reporters from even entering the grounds.  

We don’t know if he would reveal the contents of intelligence briefings on television.  

We don’t know which conspiracy theories he would embrace and which ones he would reject.  

We don’t know if he’d actually waste billions of dollars of Americans’ money on building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.  

We don’t know if he understands that the entire foreign aid budget to Mexico is a small fraction of what it would cost to build the wall.  

We don’t know if federal subsidies would flow to Trump University.  

We don’t know if he would condone or encourage the assassination of his political opponents.  

We don’t know if he would abide by the Geneva conventions.  

We don’t know if he would abide by the Constitution.  

We can’t know the answers to all of these questions without taking the biggest risk in American history. But, believe me, believe me, we have a damn good idea of which way he leans — against the values that make America great.