I’ve been immersed in reading the history of Benito Mussolini and the rise of fascism this summer and I have to say, the content, the declamatory reach and the wide hearing his views got come from the same chord Donito Trumpet is playing now.
For example, “Mexicans of being responsible for “tremendous infectious disease … pouring across the border”.
As with Mussolini, facts don’t matter. If caught out, repeat louder. Someone who sounds that sure of himself is surely right
Many are mocking. In fact, David Letterman came out of retirement to do so. He said Trump’s presidential race made him regret he had retired.
David Letterman’s Top Trump Ten
But should they (we) be mocking? At least one analyst says “stop laughing.”
… writing Trump off is dangerous. The billionaire may play the buffoon, but he is an important one — one whom Americans appear to adore. A USA Today-Suffolk University poll released Tuesday shows him leading all Republican presidential hopefuls. And while establishment candidates in both parties might want to ignore him, or express a milder version of his anti-immigration opinions, an enormous number of voters clearly like his views.
WaPo William Frey
And, from the middle of the road, Newsweek, comes an opinion piece that actually links Trumpet’s name with fascism. Sitting through a long speech, Jeffrey Tucker writes:
I’ve never before witnessed such a brazen display of nativistic jingoism, along with a complete disregard for economic reality. It was an awesome experience, a perfect repudiation of all good sense and intellectual sobriety.
Yes, he is against the establishment, against existing conventions. It also serves as an important reminder: As bad as the status quo is, things could be worse. Trump is dedicated to taking us there.
… Since World War II, the ideology he represents has usually lived in dark corners, and we don’t even have a name for it anymore. The right name, the correct name, the historically accurate name, is fascism. I don’t use that word as an insult only. It is accurate.
Though hardly anyone talks about it today, we really should. It is still real. It exists. It is distinct. It is not going away. Trump has tapped into it, absorbing unto his own political ambitions every conceivable resentment (race, class, sex, religion, economic) and promising a new order of things under his mighty hand.
I myself, would not use the word fascism in relation to what Trump represents; in fact it is wrong to refer to Hitler’s nazism as fascism — different animals of the same species. I suggest, as a native moniker, Trumpetism. But Tucker and Frey are on to something. Mockery may be a weapon to be used but it should be used without believing he is simply a fool. A fool with millions of adherents is a danger to us all.