Trump's Plans for a Second Term Are Becoming Clearer
Assuming Donald Trump gets the members of his legal team on the same page and assuming he isn't convicted of anything
anywhere and assuming he gets the Republican nomination and assuming he beats Joe Biden—which is a lot of
assuming—what would he do in a second term? Axios has pieced together his likely
if he gets that far. In brief, here are the main points.
- Pardons: Trump has promised to pardon nearly all the Jan. 6 rioters. That is over 500 now
and could reach 1,000 by Jan. 20, 2025. That would nullify what AG Merrick Garland has called the most important
criminal investigation in the country's history. Needless to say, A lot of Trump supporters would get the message that
they can riot about anything Trump doesn't like and not have to worry about federal charges.
- Ukraine: He would stop all aid to Ukraine and make deals with Russian President Vladimir
Putin. One possible deal might be giving him U.S. military secrets or weapons in return for permission to build a
100-story Trump Tower Moscow with a giant penthouse on top as a present to Putin. The sky's the limit here, literally.
- Civil Servants: Trump never liked the 1883 Pendleton Act much. It said government jobs
went to people on the basis of merit, not patronage. It also said the president can't just fire civil servants who don't
agree with him because he wants to. Trump has found a workaround called
that allows the president to reclassify civil servants as policy makers, who can then be fired by the president at will.
He would, on taking office, reclassify nearly all civil servants as Schedule F and fire most of them, replacing them
with people whose primary loyalty is to him, not the Constitution. He would call it "draining the swamp." Unions and
Democrats would fight him but the Supreme Court would probably go along with it.
- Education: An area Trump is quite interested in is education. He wants to control it. He
would use executive power to fire "radical left" officials who accredit universities, would reward schools that abolish
tenure, and would remove all diversity, equity, and inclusion programs. He doesn't have the power to do any of these
things, but he would do them anyway and take his chances with the Supreme Court. Given the composition of the Court, it
might agree with him.
- Law enforcement: Trump has had some problems with law enforcement in New York already and
will soon have them in Georgia and D.C. To prevent any relapses, he would defund the Justice Dept. and the FBI. At the
very least, he would change the focus of the FBI and use it to go after his political enemies. Who knows what AG
Giuliani might do (besides consume fistfuls of Viagra)?
- Gender Issues: He won't entirely eliminate the DoJ because he wants to use it to
investigate Big Pharma and Big Hospital to see if they have covered up any negative effects of sex transitions. If they
have, then the obvious next step is to ban sex changes altogether. Maybe that is the next step even if they haven't.
- Prosecutors: Trump has vowed to rid the country of "Marxist" prosecutors, that is,
prosecutors who go after people he likes, such as rich tax cheats and police officers who kill unarmed Black people. The
president certainly has the power to fire and replace all U.S. attorneys but Trump might even try to fire state
prosecutors and see what the courts do.
- Crime: Trump wants to use the U.S. military to go after drug cartels and street crime.
The military is forbidden from operating inside the U.S., but as commander-in-chief he would order them to do it anyway.
Going after foreign drug cartels might actually be legal.
- Freedom cities: Trump doesn't like how U.S. cities are run and wants to create ten
to counter the trend. They would have flying cars and universities that could not ban conservatives from speaking. Women
would get bonuses for having more babies. The rest is up in the air so far.
- Guns: Trump is in favor of laws that would allow anyone with a permit for concealed carry
in one state to exercise that privilege in all the other states. So if someone has a permit to carry a concealed weapon
in Texas, he could take the concealed weapon to California, no matter what California laws said.
- Abortion: Interestingly enough, Trump hasn't said what he wants on this issue yet. Most
likely he will try to avoid saying anything until after he is elected. Then he will try to ban abortion nationwide since
he won't have to worry about running again if elected in 2024.
Norman Ornstein, an emeritus scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, said that what Trump wants is the
trappings of a democracy but in reality a Potemkin village.
We don't know all his real plans, but we wouldn't be surprised if he found some racist colonel in the army, promoted him
to brigadier general, and told him to set up an operation to go to heavily Latino areas and ask everyone "Papers please?"
Anyone who could not prove that he was in the U.S. legally would be put on a bus. When the bus was full, it would be
driven into Mexico and the passengers dropped in the middle of the Chihuahuan Desert. Now multiply this by a few
hundred buses. Could it be done? Hell, it was done during the Eisenhower administration and called
The only things that might hold Trump back
are the Army (which would be neutered by putting an actual general in charge), the civil service
(which would be neutered by Schedule F), and the courts (which are already neutered by Trump's three Supreme Court
If you are planning to vote in a Republican primary, think
carefully about your choice. (V)
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