Attacking the rule of law. Authoritarianism. Supporting or justifying crimes against humanity committed by the US or its allies. These were the low points in the chronicle of Donald’s disgusting behavior in May, 2018.
Historian Roger Griffin’s definition of fascism – palingenesis, populism, and ultranationalism – is deceptively simple. There are literally hundreds of examples of things that Donald has done since he took office that support each of the three main points of Griffin’s definition.
Since taking office, Donald has become noticeably more fascist (in an authentic 1930’s, Benito Mussolini way), at least according to the characteristics that historian of fascism Stanley G. Payne researched and described.
In 1994 I learned a set of characteristics that apply to authentic fascists and under what conditions they can come into power. Based on this definition, I said Donald was a fascist before the 2016 election. Since he’s been in office, the evidence in support of that contention has grown much stronger.
January 2018 saw 155 examples of horrible behavior, with the biggest increases coming in the categories of belittling and mocking people and immigrant-hating, with smaller increases in authoritarianism, propaganda, and attacking equal protection under the law.
Forget “presidential,” Donald’s State of the Union address met the most categories of horrible words and deeds (22 out of 51 tracked) of anything Donald has done since I started tracking his horrible behavior last July.
November 2017 saw Donald and his minions say or do at least 146 horrible things.
The United States is in an existential fight for its democratic soul and its American values. Media VIPs should treat lying politicians accordingly.
Donald’s fascist tendencies and creepy behavior is going to be tracked by two new S&R projects starting soon.
“You just pick up a chord, go twang, and you’ve got music.” Who said it?