It took a long time but I have finally figgered out how the Left (American and international) can keep on calling Trump a “fascist”.
Here are the hallmarks of fascism:
Centralized autocratic government. Trump didn’t expand federal power; during the height of the pandemic he was excoriated for refusing to usurp the power of the states. He did not spend the flyer on of his Inauguration Day signing hundreds of executive orders like Biden did.
Severe economic and social regimentation: this is complicated. He did initiate the lockdown, although it was s’posed to be only for 2 weeks. During the Covid crisis he was…ploughed under by the left, whose criticism of him was that he was TOO LIBERAL on this issue. He wanted “small” (meaning independent) businesses to be able to reopen, the Left did not, it wanted everyone dependent on govt handouts. The Left excoriated him for not always wearing a mask, for routinely stating the hope that we could get back to normal soon. Oh NOOOO said the Left, our “normal” was evil! It was the cause of climate change and systemic racism! Fauciface forever! So although Trump did allow the most extreme “social and economic regimentation “ our country has EVER experienced, he was still routinely excoriated for trying to shorten our misery. Complicated but I’d still hafta say Trump was NOT in favor of economic and social regimentation, on balance. It’s the Dems who were, and are.
Forcible oppression of opposition: oh, this is too easy! Starting with “J20 in 2016, featuring James Hodgkinson’ attempt to decapitate our government in June, and continuing through the long hot summer of 2020, with delightful detours like Jussie Smolett’s box, and culminating on a raid on Trumps private residence (interrupting his team’s ongoing negotiations with the National archives) it is the Dems and the Left who are ROUTINELY, CONSTANTLY and REPEATEDLY engaging in such tactics.
Consolidation of corporate power with state power: Again, too easy. ARE there any non-woke multi-billion dollar Anerican companies? WERE there any such companies who declared for trump in either election? CTFO.
Militarism: Did Trump get us into any wars? Well? Take your time, but while you’re thinkin’ I’d remind you that he was excoriated for openly trying to “get along” with peop,e like Un, who at the time trump took office appeared poised to bomb the US or release a devastating EMP in our skies. Whereas it’s the Dems and the Left who are so hot ‘n’wet for “democracy” in Ukraine—un till they hold. A “Referendum” election over there, which is, of course a mere “sham”—yuh, reckon that why they’ve been engaged in a bloody civil way in Ukraine since 2014 with a lot of people fighting and dying to achieve this very result.
Exaltation of the nation: AH HA!!!!! There you’ve got’im!!! “America First”: fascism incarnate!
SOOOOO, what did we learn, boys and girls? ( and yes, I use those words because IMHO if you don’t know what sex you are, you’re too addled to “learn” anything) —
Here’s the dilly:
it’s OKAY, no, it’s de rigeur, even laudable, to walk, talk, act and legislate like a Fascist—as long as you profess to HATE America! That’s the key!
And of loving America, wanting to make her great again, Trump, and anyone who voted for him and will again if he runs, are, on that sole basis, undeniably guilty of “fascism”.