After my recent post about fascism was published in the local newspaper, Trumpists pounced, swearing that Trump was not a fascist. Here is my reply in today’s Wakefield Daily Item in keeping with the ‘all politics is local and personal’ strategy :
Not according to Mr. Puglisi, in response to “Fascism is coming to America” based on a recent Hillary Clinton speech. But other than irrelevant, false, ad hominem, personal attacks against Clinton, he offers no evidence to the contrary except to acknowledge that Trump was elected. So was Hitler. Except in Hitler’s case it was by popular vote, not the Electoral College. But I digress.
Let’s begin by defining exactly what we’re talking about. Fascism is the control of government by corrupt crony corporate capitalism driven by right wing racist ideology and violent authoritarian bellicose nationalism. Therefore, can we all agree that Adolph Hitler was a fascist?
Some of the early warning signs of fascism include: disdain for human rights, identification of enemies (immigrants, free press, democratic allies, ethnic and religious minorities) as a unifying cause, rampant sexism, labor power suppressed, disdain for intellectuals and the Arts, fraudulent elections.
The most chilling evidence of Trump’s eerie fascist proclivities was this psychological profile of Hitler in a report prepared during WW II by the United States Office of Strategic Services – CIA precursor : “His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there might be some good in your enemy; never accept blame; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; repeat it frequently enough people will believe it.”
Sounds like Trumpism in a nutshell to me.
I laughed out loud when Trump’s first wife wrote that the only book she ever saw him read was Hitler’s autobiography which he kept close by on his bedroom nightstand.
In conclusion; if it walks like a duck, quacks (or tweets) like a duck, acts like a duck. Guess what? It’s a duck. As in Donald Duck.