Lara Trump desperately wants to be taken seriously, but something she said Monday evening on Fox News proved she doesn’t have a clue when it comes to something as basic as the trucker protests taking place in Canada that have hurt the Canadian economy and also slowed down business in the United States.
Appearing on Sean Hannity’s nightly whinefest, Trump insisted that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had become a authoritarian dictator because he had police disperse protesters in Ottawa using powers under the country’s Emergency Act.
Hannity began the discussion by noting that a similar “freedom convoy” is on its way to Washington, D.C., adding:
That led Trump to remark:
Trump then added she considered Trudeau to be “everything – basically – a tyrant would encompass,” before she made an absurd comparison of Canada under Trudeau to the repressive authoritarian regime in North Korea:
“It is tyranny, what you see happening in Canada. And let me tell you something. When you think of a tyrannical government, you often think of places like North Korea. Sean, this is how it starts. They start chipping away, one by one at your freedoms until you don’t even realize they’re gone. It is a really dangerous game they’re playing up there in Canada.”
That’s not even remotely accurate.
The definition of tyranny is, according to Merriam-Webster:
1 : an act or the pattern of harsh, cruel, and unfair control over other people. 2 : a government in which all power is in the hands of a single ruler.
How is it harsh, cruel, or unfair of the Canadian government to use laws already on the books to make sure the country’s economy doesn’t grind to a halt? Aren’t Republicans supposed to be in favor of business and trade?
Secondly, Trudeau answers to a parliament and the voters, making the country a parliamentary democracy.
Like so many on the right, Lara Trump thinks anyone who disagrees with her is a tyrant. And yet she hasn’t said a word about how her father-in-law and members of his administration tried to overturn the results of the 2020 election and stage a coup. That’s the first step to tyranny.
Sorry, Ms. Trump, but your lies don’t pass the smell test.