Every time I hear a liberal call Donald Trump a fascist, I often want to ask them what the definition of a fascist is.
I would really go for anything in the ballpark of Merriam-Webster’s definition, “a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.”
Yes, that’s a bit much, but I wouldn’t even be asking them to hit the green on that definition. The fairway would suffice. Or just don’t get it into the bunker.
As it turns out, I’m probably asking the wrong question. I’m assuming these individuals had a reason why Donald Trump was a fascist and were integrating it into their definition of fascism.
Thanks to the inimitable Steven Crowder, I now know I was assuming way, way too much.
The CRTV host did one of his legendary “Change My Mind” segments regarding the president and accusations that he’s a fascist, and he did it right across from the White House.
The results were, um, well … let’s take a look:
That’s not even near the bunker, or the parking lot.
So, let’s look at the three major accusations here:
#2) Suppression of the media
#3) Um, you know, stuff.
So, as for number one, our participants say that he’s a bigot, with one of them saying that he’s even said the n-word (there’s no evidence for this, mind you). The basic gist seems to be that he feels like a racist to them, which isn’t the same thing as being a racist, but that doesn’t necessarily seem to matter here.
The second thing seems to be that he’s suppressing the media. Which is funny, considering the media can’t stop covering him or calling him a racist. (See point number one.) When Crowder points out that he goes after the “fake news media” as opposed to the media in general, the response is to not distinguish between the two.
All we have to say is that if he wants to engage in “forcible suppression of opposition,” he really ought to do a better job of it.
So then there’s point number three, which is, um, you know, Trump is like, I heard, stuff and yeah.
This, I admit, may be totally true — once we figure out what it actually is.
There you have it — why Donald Trump is a fascist. Severe social and economic regimentation? Hardly. Centralized autocratic government? That’s what he’s fighting against. Forcible suppression of opposition? These individuals were all speaking out on camera.
But then again, it’s not that they don’t even know what a fascist is. It’s that they don’t even know why Donald Trump is one.
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