This is the only thing anyone needs to know from last night’s debate

The second presidential debate was the dramatic shit-show everyone expected it to be, with Donald Trump trying unsuccessfully to divert the conversation away from the recently leaked tapes by any means possible and Hillary Clinton literally laughing at the ridiculous things he said. A lot happened — or rather, nothing substantial happened, but a lot of on-stage bickering went on, which always makes for great television. That being said, there’s one thing everyone needs to know about the debate.

Trump literally threatened to throw Clinton in jail if he’s elected president. Like, for real. “If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation,” Trump said, referencing the former secretary of state’s email he’s still obsessed with, “because there has never been so many lies, so much deception.” Clinton laughed his threat off, responding, “It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country.” He fired back: “Because you’d be in jail.”

The Republican nominee has claimed she should be behind bars throughout the campaign, with “lock her up” becoming the rallying cry of the Republican National Convention in July, but Sunday night he explicitly threatened to throw her in jail if he takes over the White House. This is actually insane.

It’s one thing for Trump to keep bringing up the email scandal that has already been investigated by the Senate and the FBI with no legal wrongdoing found, but to say he’s going to lock up his political opponent if he wins is something that happens in dictatorships, not democracies. No matter how you feel about Clinton, it’s clearly outrageous for a presidential candidate to threaten to lock up his opponent.

Of course, Trump was just trying to divert attention from his own, more recent scandals by making it seem like Clinton is a criminal while he just uses “locker room talk,” which is NBD. Unfortunately for him, it didn’t really work. What it did do was portray him as a tyrant who will abuse his power to punish whoever doesn’t agree with him or challenges him. It also further proves that he has no idea how the federal government functions or what the president actually does. Here’s a clue: the president doesn’t stick federal investigations on individual people.

There are legitimate criticisms to be made of Clinton, and threatening her on national TV only shows how Trump intends to lead the country — through fear, intimidation, and totally unconstitutional actions. While most of the debate was absolute nonsense, this was just scary.