Donald is a hateful bigot, and his Administration has turned his bigotry and hate into official US policy.
Kevin Passmore’s definition of fascism has ten characteristics split across five main areas. Donald matches or partially matches all of the characteristics.
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.
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.
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.
During the 2016 campaign, Donald told the nation exactly how horrible a person he is and how terrible a President he would be. In July 2017 there were at least 77 reported examples of Donald or his minions doing the horrible things Donald said he would.
Wearing a safety pin is a mark of “I will protect you with my own body if necessary.” Wearing one is a responsibility, not a symbol of solidarity.
You don’t have to believe everything Donald Trump does to vote for him, but you do have to be OK with everything he believes, and he believes some really awful stuff.
Why Donald Trump is a fascist, part three of an eight part essay. Fascism according to historian Roger Griffin’s definition.
Why Donald Trump is a fascist, part one of an eight part essay. Fascism according to a definition acquired during a college class in 1994.