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Gore Vidal once said conservative Republicans aren't a political party — they're fascists. Was he right?

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American society is failing at the most essential covenant of any civilization; that is, the identification and elimination of movements that threaten the very essence of civilization. It is a challenge to any journalist, no matter how committed and observant, to monitor all of the horrific, ignorant and false utterances that President Donald Trump projectile vomits at the American people on a daily basis, but one of his recent verbal explosions demonstrates dangerous flirtation with the other “f” word that the FCC has, evidently, prohibited from the television news — “fascism.”


On Wednesday, April 10, Trump promised to send more armed troops to the U.S.-Mexico border in an attempt to vanquish the nonexistent threat of immigrants seeking asylum. Noam Chomsky once remarked that it would require a stunning combination of “cowardice and lunacy” to believe Ronald Reagan’s lies about Nicaraguan subversives located just a “two days drive away from Texas.” Chomsky was correct, if not too kind, but at least Reagan was referring to armed militants. Trump speaks only of poor people, the majority of whom are women and children, escaping starvation and death squads in their home countries.

To further his effort of personifying the phrase, “just when you think it can’t get worse,” Trump then expressed sadness and anger that the military cannot physically attack asylum seekers, saying, “Our military, don’t forget, can’t act like a military would act. Because if they got a little rough, everybody would go crazy.”

No reporter asked Trump to clarify his remarks. Would Trump like to exercise his authority as commander-in-chief to order a massacre of migrants? Or would he feel content with merely a mass assault — a few well-trained soldiers clubbing asylum seekers over their heads?

The inability or refusal to tell the truth, and accurately name the animating force behind the Trump movement in American politics, indicts the entire American press as declawed and defanged, and exposes an alarming, and possibly fatal, strain of apathy among the American public.

To call this anything but fascism, especially in the aftermath of Trump’s degradation of immigrants as “animals” in 2018, and his family separation policy under which children were put in cages, often after ICE officers ripped them out of their mothers’ arms, is a dereliction of journalistic responsibility, and a violation of everything that is elemental to democracy.

The inability or refusal to tell the truth, and accurately name the animating force behind the Trump movement in American politics, indicts the entire American press as declawed and defanged, and exposes an alarming, and possibly fatal, strain of apathy among the American public.

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