'Death of Democracy' author says Trump’s 'cultivation of dishonesty' strongly reminiscent of Nazis
Germans in 1933 thought they were “good people” and nothing could go wrong.
Donald Trump's behavior is drawn from a familiar authoritarian playbook: threats of violence against his political enemies, contempt for the rule of law, incessant lies and corruption, militant nationalism, disdain for a free press, and the portrayal of his supporters as "real citizens" over and against lesser others. Trump has merely adapted those most vulgar of political tactics to fit America's political culture.
But there are more sinister echoes from one of the darkest moments in modern history in Donald Trump's version of American fascism. Some people hide behind sophomoric rules of internet culture, where to compare anything in American life to the horrors of Hitler and the Nazi era is automatically dismissed. That is functional surrender. Real resistance requires facing America's present circumstances with open eyes.
where to compare anything in American life to the horrors of Hitler and the Nazi era is automatically dismissed
Yeah, instant dismissal being the crutch of both the left and the right. The left's version is to just call any ideas they don't agree with: bigotry, hate speech, and fascism.
Instant dismissal is the tactic of weak and closed minds. And there's plenty of legitimate condemnation to go around levied at both left and right. Both the left and the right believe that they have the moral high ground, which begs the question, because they are both wrong on this point.