February 6, 2017 by Chris Kite
Donald Trump is a fascist. There is no doubt about that. The question remains whether the separation of powers built into our Constitution and our long history can overcome his will.
A sitting American President making disparaging remarks about virtually anyone that disagrees with him is unprecedented. Donald Trump has done it again and again.
He insisted the crowds that gathered the day after his inauguration were smaller than his inauguration crowd, despite the photographic evidence that proved he was lying.
When a federal judge ruled that his immigration order was unconstitutional and against the law, he immediately tried to discredit the judge. He’s done this before, so it should come as no surprise. But this is what fascist leaders do. You’re either with him, or you’re in big trouble.
All Presidents get criticized. It is a core part of our free press. But if Donald Trump had his way, he would simply do away with any media outlet that dares to disagree with him. He labels any media that doesn’t agree with him as “fake news.” There is tons of irony in the fact that he won the Presidency at least partly because of the preponderance of fake news on social media. Now, like with so many other things, he takes something he is guilty of and tries to turn it around on his opposition.
This is how a fascist acts. Discredit the media and the legal system. Divide the people. Openly lie to the press and the people. Call facts fake news and call lies “alternative facts.”
This is what fascism looks like. Are we going to allow this continue, or continue to stand up to the Bully in Chief and resist his attempts to discredit our legal system, the media, and those that protest against him?