When Fascists Accuse Their Victims of Being Fascists
“Trump is not a fascist in a vacuum. He is the leader of a budding fascist movement in America…” declared Dean Obeidallah in his opinion piece that ran on the MSNBC website last week.
Extreme though his statement may sound, it turns out that Obeidallah is among the more even-keeled and restrained in the left-wing commentariat.
“Trump’s movement is a uniquely American fascism” thundered Jonathan Katz in Foreign Policy.
“There is nothing more fascist-like than Trump telling the Proud Boys to ‘stand back and stand by’” chipped in the Nation.
Continuing to pile on, Paul Krugman, the Nobel Laureate and ace columnist at the New York Times, concludes in his column last week that Donald Trump is “is indeed a fascist.” But it is not only Donald Trump who is deserving of this odious designation. “So are many of his supporters,” Krugman informs his readers.
Not content to let the matter rest at that, Krugman goes on to make the following observation:
“[I]f history teaches us one lesson about dealing with fascists, it is the futility of appeasement. Giving in to fascists doesn’t pacify them, it just encourages them to go further.”
While the charge of fascism against Trump and his supporters had been routinely hurled in the past from the Left’s more radical quarters, it has now become the accepted wisdom of the establishment mainstream.
How astonishing is that? This development represents another warp in the alternative reality which has engulfed this country’s collective psyche.
After all, we all know what fascists do: they employ violence to intimidate their opponents and terrorize populations. They suppress free speech and cancel their opposition. They threaten, harass and brutalize their enemies. They use intimidation and chicanery to get their way. And they steal elections.
Let us ask some questions about the behavior of Trump supporters from the time they began mobilizing in 2015 through the end of last year to see whether or not their actions could be described in any way as fascist in nature.
- How many acts of violence have been committed at MAGA rallies?
- How many riots have Trump supporters incited?
- How many inner cities have they destroyed?
- How many businesses have they looted?
- How many police precincts have they attacked?
- How many courthouses have they taken over?
- How many buildings have they burned down?
- How many churches have they desecrated?
- How many city zones
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