Which of these policy positions are from Donald Trump, Republican, and which are from Benito Mussolini, Fascist?
- Cut taxes on the wealthy.
- Balance the budget.
- Cut federal spending.
- Privatize many functions of government.
- Deport undesirable foreigners.
- Support the majority religion, foment hatred toward minority religions.
- Promote foreign wars.
Trick question. All these are positions taken by both Trump and Mussolini. Because Trump is a fascist.
Trump uses many of the fascist’s tools: a contempt for facts, spreading a pervasive sense of fear and overwhelming crisis, portraying his backers as victims, assigning blame to foreign or alien actors and suggesting only his powerful personality can transcend the crisis. He endorsed the violence done to a dissenter at one of his rallies, and he now floats the idea of making entry to the United States contingent on religion.
And it’s working. Trump has the racist vote locked up. Polling data shows that 20% of Trump supporters think that Lincoln was wrong to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. No, seriously, they actually think Lincoln was wrong to issue an executive order freeing the slaves. And another 13% aren’t sure. About the Emancipation Proclamation.
Conservative military historian Max Boot tweeted: “Trump is a fascist. And that’s not a term I use loosely or often. But he’s earned it.”
Trump isn’t a fringe character any more. This is the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party. The one who won the primaries (with record high Republican voter turnout) and who will win the convention. He represents the Republican Party. He has been endorsed by the entire Republican leadership. Every candidate up and down the ballot who runs on the Republican Party line is willingly sharing the ticket…with a fascist.