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In Donald Trump's 2016 GOP Convention, Donald told not less than 21 proven lies in his acceptance speech.The list of fact checked Donald's lies are discussed in this book.I annotated his remarks with fact checks. I also provided references and comments in the footnotes.

I wrote this book because defeating a demagogue at the ballot box is much, much easier than opposing a demagogue who also happens to be President of the United States.

It’s important to keep in mind that the lying, the gaffes, the race-baiting, the unsettling displays of ignorance, none of it will suddenly vanish once Trump takes office. Donald Trump will continue to make your skin crawl on a near-daily basis. The only difference is that he will no longer be merely “The Donald,” but “President Donald J. Trump,” leader of the free world.

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The Optics of a Donald Trump Presidency

I don’t think Donald Trump is going to win the 2016 election. At the time of this writing—early August—Hillary Clinton’s convention bounce has her leading Trump by an average of 5.8 percentage points. Meanwhile, the Republican Party is far from unified, and even Trump’s most notable supporters (Giuliani, Gingrich) are urging him to get back on message. It doesn’t appear that Trump is going to establish a commanding lead over Clinton any time soon, an unfortunate state of affairs for Trump, who is much more comfortable campaigning from a position of strength. When he’s on defense he seems ever more undisciplined and prone to distraction. Furthermore, Trump made it clear throughout the primary season that the polls should be regarded as the be-all and end-all measurement of success and, reflexively, failure. For Trump, every second of every day that Clinton leads in the polls is an affront and must weigh heavily on an already fragile ego.

So no, I don’t think Donald Trump will be our next president. But just because I don’t think it’s going to happen doesn’t mean it can’t happen. The 2016 GOP and Democratic conventions presented diametrically opposed worldviews, one dark and dangerous, the other hopeful and uplifting. If national and world events—namely ISIS-inspired terrorist attacks and backlashes against police—bring the electorate to a dysphoric fever pitch, then Trump may yet be perceived as the prescient candidate, the one who was shrewd enough to discern in full the perils present and the evils lurking in this moment in history. In such an eventuality, Trump’s strong-man appeal could win him the election, and that would be bad.

I’m sure we’ve all got concerns about what a Donald Trump presidency would entail. Here are a few of my own:

1. Commanding the Nuclear Arsenal: One Scenario.

I doubt Donald Trump knows much or anything about tactical nuclear weapons (TNWs); these are the smaller, more portable nuclear bombs, missiles, and torpedoes designed to be used on the battlefield rather than to erase cities. I worry that once he learns of their existence, he’ll be, well, positively enchanted. It’s like the big bomb, just not so big, says President Trump to the White House press corps following the indiscriminate destruction of Raqqa. Yes, we used nuclear weapons, but they were tactical nukes, tactical, okay? This wasn’t Hiroshima, much less than one hundred thousand dead, much less, and they were mostly terrorists anyway, believe me, they were terrorists or they were supporting terrorists, but not anymore. Now that everyone saw what we did, no one’s ever going to mess with us. That I can tell you. Fallout ensues.

2. Bringing about the Police State.

I doubt Donald Trump ever marched in a picket line. He doesn’t appear to have much respect for the idea of peaceful protest. Whereas most politicians handle hecklers by 1) responding tactfully to the hecklers’ essential point and 2) rallying the crowd against them, Trump just has them thrown out. The crowd still gets fired up, but not because Trump has artfully acknowledged and rebutted a criticism, but because a person holding an opposing view is being physically ejected from the premises.

Consider Trump’s tacit praising of the Chinese government’s violent suppression of student protesters in Tiananmen Square:

When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it. Then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That shows you the power of strength. Our country is right now perceived as weak... as being spit on by the rest of the world.¹

Trump repeatedly touts himself as the law and order candidate, but other than calling for an unqualified expansion of police power,² he’s neglected to specify exactly how he intends to quiet the streets.

Here’s what I think. A President Trump will likely advocate for harsher, less politically correct police tactics, an approach that’s sure to result in greater and more appalling displays of violence. Those same voters who believed Trump’s strong-man style could curb crime rates will discover they are more fearful than ever of turning on the news. Keep in mind that we’re giving Trump the benefit of the doubt here by indulging the flawed narrative that came out of the GOP convention, the one that suggests our country is suffering from skyrocketing rates of violent crime. Even if that were the truth (it’s not³), Trump has offered no real solutions. Even his campaign website is devoid of any policy statement on any crime-related issue other than illegal immigration.4 He leaves us to imagine what his law and order presidency might look like.

The wielding of law enforcement as a tool of authoritarian power, a la the Tiananmen Square massacre, is a frightening thing to consider. The course of a Trump presidency would inevitably be met with a lot of impassioned and organized protest, much of it sure to convene in DC. Just like Nixon and Johnson who came before him, Trump will be able to hear the protesters when they gather outside the gates of the White House. How will the law and order president, who celebrates the strength the Chinese showed at Tiananmen Square, choose to respond?

Equally troubling and not entirely unlikely is the prospect of President Trump forging a closer tie between law enforcement and the immediate interests of the White House. In the face of his essential narcissism and distaste for criticism, would we have any reason to be surprised if the law and order president established a secret security force tasked primarily with the monitoring of dissent? The Trump Presidential Guard (since he wouldn’t be able to call them the Gestapo)