Ever since Donald Trump announced his campaign for president, critics have accused him of wanting to go above and beyond the role of commander in chief. Now that Trump is the president-elect, the opposition is not backing down.

Trump trouble

When Donald Trump held his first press conference as a presidential candidate, he referred to illegal immigrants from Mexico as "rapists" and "murderers." Since that time, Trump has called for a ban on Muslim immigration from Middle East countries where ISIS' presence is heavy, while announcing his plan to deport all 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States.

The billionaire real estate mogul has also made it a point to lash out against anyone who even offers the lightest criticism against him, usually doing so on social media. These issues were discussed during a CNN panel discussion on December 8.

Joining CNN host Carol Costello was network contributor Jason Johnson, as well as Rob Browenstein. Johnson quickly hit at Trump, focusing on his latest tweet directed at union leader Chuck Jones, while accusing the president-elect of acting like a "dictator." "He’s basically auditioning to be a dictator," Johnson said. Costello chimed in and referred to Johnson's comment as a "strong statement," but he was quick to elaborate.

Johnson said of the new president-elect, "Dictators bully people, dictators use that kind of arbitrary power." Johnson said that it is no longer an issue of partisanship, and that Trump's "dangerous" actions "should concern any American, whether they’re a Republican or Democrat."

Browenstein was also critical of Trump, and didn't hold back his views.

While acknowledging that the former host of "The Apprentice" won the election "fair and square" due to the Electoral College, Browenstien also pointed out that Donald Trump is on pace to "lose the popular vote by more than anyone who has ever taken office before."

Next up

After recount efforts were halted in various states and with only a few rogue electors refusing to vote for him, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the next President of the United States on Inauguration Day on January 20.

In the six weeks leading up to the event, Trump will continue to finalize his cabinet as he works with Vice President-elect Mike Pence and his transition team.The top position still available is for Secretary of State, with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at the top of the list.

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