Trump and fascism

Sam Smith – I don’t view Donald Trump as a fascist; he has a much closer ties to Latin American dictatorships in which personal power is far more important than any ideology. But that doesn’t mean that he – like numerous events and government actions of the recent past – aren’t moving us towards a fascistic state.

For example, he may find hating Muslims aids his power obsession, but that doesn’t mean the resulting debate doesn’t also move us towards a less democratic society. Or consider this Trump comment: ““One of the first things I’d do in terms of executive order, if I win, will be to sign strong, strong statement that would go out to the country, out to the world, anybody killing policeman police woman, police officer, anybody killing police officer, the death penalty is going to happen.”

As with banning Muslims, only a dictator could accomplish what Trump desires without the approval of Congress, not to mention subsequent Supreme Court cases. and while this isn’t fascism but it certain moves the country in that direction.

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2 thoughts on “Trump and fascism

  1. Dear Mr Smith

    I am listening to your recent well-phrased 30-minute piece.
    While overreacting you are pretty much on target.

    I do wish to note three things
    (1) Your guy served two terms and is a failed President. He didn’t deliver what he promised. He didn’t even try.
    (2) This election was not decided by race. It was a vote for national and economic renewal. Rural, former Democratic voters in the Rust Belt supplied the margin of victory. They had no hope left.
    (3) The very worst racism practiced in the USA is practiced in the inner cities by your minions – harvesting votes from AA families in poor neighborhoods to which they provide inadequate security, failing schools and few jobs. I hope Mr Trump finds the time and the courage to attack this awful problem. He wants to.

    I didn’t vote for Trump but I hope to regret that in 12 months. He is not someone to be underestimated. His victory was an amazing accomplishment.

    Andy Reis
    7 rue de la Tramontane
    66740 Saint-Génis-des-Fontaines, FRANCE
    33 (0)4 68 55 29 89
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    andrew.reis@free.fr

  2. Dear Mr Smith

    I am listening to your recent well-phrased 30-minute piece.
    While overreacting you are pretty much on target.

    I do wish to note three things
    (1) Your guy served two terms and is a failed President. He didn’t deliver what he promised. He didn’t even try.
    (2) This election was not decided by race. It was a vote for national and economic renewal. Rural, former Democratic voters in the Rust Belt supplied the margin of victory. They had no hope left.
    (3) The very worst racism practiced in the USA is practiced in the inner cities by your minions – harvesting votes from AA families in poor neighborhoods to which they provide inadequate security, failing schools and few jobs. I hope Mr Trump finds the time and the courage to attack this awful problem. He wants to.

    I didn’t vote for Trump but I hope to regret that in 12 months. He is not someone to be underestimated. His victory was an amazing accomplishment.

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