Is Trump really a fascist?
Not only is his own rhetoric hateful and (possibly even more importantly) authoritarian, I worry about the future Trump is going to usher in. After all, Hitler won power by a simple, perfectly legal election.
So, without further ado, I'll cite the 14 defining characteristics of fascism, and see how well Trump matches up to them in his own words:
- Powerful and continuing nationalism.
'Make America Great Again!' (Need I say more?)
- Disdain for the recognition of human rights.
'I think Snowden [the whistleblower who exposed mass NSA surveillance] is a terrible threat, I think he’s a terrible traitor, and you know what we used to do in the good old days when we were a strong country—you know what we used to do to traitors, right?'
- Identification of 'enemies' or scapegoats as a unifying cause.
'When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.'
'Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on!'
- Supremacy of the military.
'We’re going to make our military ... so powerful that we’re never going to have to use it.'
- Rampant sexism.
Hooo boy…I'll just pick a couple horrific things rather than run the whole gamut:
'26,000 unreported sexual assults in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?'
'I don’t think Ivanka would do that [pose for Playboy], although she does have a very nice figure. I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.' (Holy shit is this horrifying)
'Rosie O'Donnell is disgusting—both inside and out. If you take a look at her, she's a slob. How does she even get on television? If I were running The View, I'd fire Rosie. I'd look her right in that fat, ugly face of hers and say, "Rosie, you're fired." We're all a little chubby but Rosie's just worse than most of us. But it's not the chubbiness—Rosie is a very unattractive person, both inside and out.' (I actually like Rosie. She's not only courageous enough to be openly lesbian and an independent woman, she's even more courageous for daring to question the official narrative on 9/11.)
- Controlled mass media.
'We have to go see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what's happening. We have to talk to them about, maybe in certain areas, closing that Internet up in some way…Somebody will say, "Oh, freedom of speech, freedom of speech." These are foolish people.' (emphasis added)
- Obsession with national security.
'But I do want databases for those people coming in, but I also insist on a wall. And it was all fine, all of a sudden I end up with some story, and I’m saying, what are you talking about? So here’s the story—just to say it clear—I want surveillance of these people. I want surveillance if we have to, and I don’t care. Are you ready for this folks? Are you ready? They’re going to make it such a big deal…I want surveillance of certain mosques.'
- Religion and government are intertwined.
'We've done great with the evangelicals. The evangelicals have been amazing.…We're going to protect Christianity. If you look what's going on throughout the world—you look at Syria, where if you're Christian, they're chopping off heads.' (Notice that he didn't say that we're going to protect Christians, but that we're going to protect Christianity itself.)
- Corporate power is protected.
Well, first off, he's a corporatist billionaire himself—but let him speak on the issue:
'Pfizer is talking about moving to Ireland. Or someplace else…Do you know how big that is? It would wipe out New Jersey…They have $2.5 trillion sitting out of the country that they can’t get back because they don’t want to pay the tax. Nor would I…We should let them back in. Everybody. Even if you paid nothing it would be a good deal. Because they’ll take that money then and use it for other things. But they’ll pay something. Ten percent, they’ll pay something.'
- Labour power is suppressed.
Now, for this one, actions speak louder than words:
- Disdain for intellectuals and the arts.
Now, Trump actually brings up his Ivy League degree a lot. But that doesn't mean that he doesn't have some covert anti-intellectual tendencies:
'We're going to be cutting tremendous amounts of money and waste and fraud and abuse. But, no, I'm not cutting services, but I am cutting spending.…But I may cut Department of Education—Common Core is a very bad thing. I think that it should be local education. If you look at a Jeb Bush and some of these others, they want children to be educated by Washington, D.C. bureaucrats.' (I have my own qualms with Common Core, but defunding education in general is not my preferred solution.)
- Obsession with crime and punishment.
'Today if the cops ever did that [use force] they'd have 'em arrested and given the electric chair.…They didn't do wrong. They were just forceful. They were strong. And today it's not even politically correct to say that.…I'm a big fan of the police, but I think the police now are afraid to act. They're afraid to be tough.'
- Rampant cronyism and corruption.
'I fully understand the conservative approach, but I don’t think it was explained to most conservatives. Nobody knows this better than I do, because I’ve built a lot of buildings in Manhattan and you’ll have twelve sites and you’ll get eleven and you’ll have the one holdout, and you end up building around them. I know it better than anybody.' (On eminent domain. Obviously, he'll have no qualms about using the government to grant his buddies more money and power.)
- Fraudulent elections.
Well, the election's in November, so we'll have to wait and see on him personally being elected. But this quote sums up his position:
'When you give [money], they [politicians] do whatever the hell you want them to do.'
So that's Trump and his fascism. Is there any doubt about it any more? Trump has one goal, and that goal is to turn the United States into a full-fledged Fourth Reich in service of the pathocratic elite. The fact that Hillary is the presumptive nominee for the Democrats and that the Donald is the presumptive nominee for the Republicans proves once and for all that we do not under any circumstances have a democratic system. We have an increasingly authoritarian state that's being pushed toward imperialist fascism under the guidance of a handful of psychopaths.
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