Michael Fanone: The Shocking Truths in Trump's 'Evil Manifesto'

Exploring Trump's Troubling Vision for America's Future.

by Nouman Rasool
Michael Fanone: The Shocking Truths in Trump's 'Evil Manifesto'
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In a revealing interview with HuffPost, former D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone expressed grave concerns about Donald Trump's intentions for a potential second term in office. This comes after Trump's provocative remarks in a recent Time magazine interview, wherein he detailed actions he might take if reelected, including massive deportations and controversial governance changes.

A victim as well of the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot where he was nearly killed by Trump supporters, Fanone pointed out that those words by Trump were no laughing matter. "I take everything that Donald Trump says very seriously," he said, urging not only Americans but the rest of the world to take seriously Trump's words.

He described the former president's plans as a calculated strategy rather than mere rhetoric. In the Time interview, Trump laid out a stark scenario contingent on the election outcomes. He talked about enabling states with strict abortion laws to monitor pregnancies and hinted at the possibility of dismissing federal prosecutors who do not align with his directives.

More alarmingly, Trump did not shy away from discussing potential pardons for individuals convicted of crimes during the Capitol riot, signaling a worrying promise of leniency towards acts of political violence.

Alarming Electoral Threats

Trump's assertion that there would be no political violence if he were to win the election—but an uncertain response if he lost—was particularly startling to Fanone.

The former officer described Trump’s detailed vision as an “evil manifesto,” alarming in its clarity and the platform it was given in a reputed publication like Time. Fanone's concerns extend beyond the immediate implications of Trump's rhetoric.

He views these statements as a dog whistle to Trump's base, potentially inciting further violence. The notion of pardoning Capitol rioters serves as a dangerous signal that such behavior could go unpunished, or even endorsed, under Trump’s leadership.

Reflecting on his law enforcement career and the current criminal trials facing Trump, Fanone shared insights into the adaptability of individuals exposed to legal repercussions. “Criminals learn every time they’re exposed to law enforcement’s efforts,” he commented, suggesting that Trump has likely taken lessons from the failures of his first term and the January 6 events to refine his strategies for future endeavors.

Trump himself admitted to Time that his major regret from his first term was being "too nice." This statement, along with his outlined intentions, paints a concerning picture of what his leadership could entail if given another chance.