I’ll say this for Trump, his instincts for fascism are perfect.
Single out immigrants as source of nation’s problems?
Brand journalists as “enemies of the state?”
Threaten to throw opponent in prison after election?
It remains to be seen how far he is allowed to stroll down the path which Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin walked. But for a rookie, he’s an absolute, breathtaking natural.
Encourage supporters to beat up protesters?
Orchestrate meetings so that ministers take turns praising you?
Hire your family for top jobs?
From day one.
Label as traitors those who disagree with you?
Tell police to forget about civil liberties and rough up suspects?
You know it.
Ridicule the weak?
Why stop there? How about disabled people!
Trump even has the trademark aesthetic flourishes of a dictator, including the weird, affected, almost effeminate pumping of fist to signal strength and victory
All of it … the overwhelming narcissism … the perennial nursing of grievances … it’s all there.
Let’s stop for a moment and contemplate this.
Right off the bat, just days into office, he was complaining about his treatment. First it was the press coverage of crowd size at his inauguration. Then it was leaks to media regarding his phone calls with other heads of state.
This is a (supposed) multibillionaire, just elected to the most powerful job in the entire world. He is wealthy, he is powerful, he has the world at his feet. He has won.
And what does he do, right from the start?
Has any leader in recent memory whined longer, louder, more passionately than our president?
Who uses a Boy Scouts meeting, of all venues, to air grievances, threaten subordinates, and make fun of foes?
That’s not strong. That’s pathetic.
President Trump has just two areas of interest: himself, and accumulating power. He was born for the dictator gig.
Just a matter of how far we let him explore it.