For months people have accused Donald Trump of having fascist tendencies. The accusations are fairly valid considering the overall authoritarian tone of his campaign. This is someone who’s vilified entire groups of minorities, has more or less said he opposes the “freedom of the press,” bullies anyone who criticizes him and has used irrational, paranoid hate as one of the pillars of his campaign.
But he had never really went “full-on” fascist like he did Monday with a speech lasting over 30 minutes that was so ridiculous it included an accusation that the Orlando shooter was born in Afghanistan — even though it’s indisputable that he was born in Queens, New York. He also tried to claim that because the shooter’s parents were allowed to immigrate to the United States decades ago, somehow that “validated” his call to ban Muslims. Because that’s absolutely and completely rational.
Then there was the comment he made where he more or less suggested that President Obama is sympathizing and helping terrorists. Never mind the comments the president made less than two weeks ago where he said he wanted to end the ability for suspected terrorists to be legally allowed to purchase guns, but because Republicans and the NRA have blocked that legislation, people like the Orlando shooter can legally purchase weapons. That little tidbit clearly didn’t make it into Trump’s speech. Then again, why would it? That factual information doesn’t support the drivel Trump was trying to sell.
It got even better when he revoked the press credentials of the Washington Post because he refused to clarify remarks he made where he most definitely suggested President Obama was sympathizing with terrorists.
Look, we’re led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he’s got something else in mind. And the something else in mind––you know, people can’t believe it. People cannot, they cannot believe that President Obama is acting the way he acts and can’t even mention the words ‘radical Islamic terrorism.
Trump literally said Obama has “something else in mind.”
Well, during an interview with Buzzfeed, he was asked to clarify his remarks. To which he said the following:
Well, you know, I’ll let people figure that out for themselves. There certainly doesn’t seem to be a lot anger or passion when he––when we want to demand retribution for what happened over the weekend. There was certainly not a lot of passion. There was certainly not a lot of anger. You know, I’ll let that, we’ll let people figure it out.
Again, that was his response when he was asked to clarify the comments quite a lot of people said sounded an awful lot like he was accusing the president of having ulterior and nefarious motives.
So, the Washington Post wrote the headline: Donald Trump Seems to Connect President Obama to Orlando Shooting
That headline seems absolutely valid considering Trump’s history of implying the president isn’t a Christian and his years pushing the blatantly racist “birther” conspiracy that essentially implies President Obama isn’t an American. Many of those who believe the “birther” nonsense are the same folks who really do believe he’s a Muslim sent here to take down the United States.
Nonetheless, Trump revoked the credentials of one of our nation’s largest news outlets because they wrote a very valid story calling out comments he made and flat-out refused to clarify when he was asked about them.
Of course, this isn’t the first issue Trump has had with the press.
Just a couple of weeks ago he went on an anti-media tirade because they dared to do their jobs and call out the fact that he didn’t raise the six million he claimed he did for veterans groups. At the time that story broke, he still hadn’t distributed a lot of the cash to these groups.
For that he called them “dishonest” and “unfair” — because they called him out on his lies.
But throughout his campaign this is a pattern we’ve seen repeat over and over. He’s made vilifying the press a go-to attack line many times for simply doing things such as asking him tough questions; asking him to provide specifics to some of his policy proposals; calling out his long list of lies; asking him to explain exact quotes he’s said in the past; and let’s not forget the debate he skipped because he was scared of Fox News’ Megyn Kelly.
What Trump wants is for the media to be nothing more than a branch of his own PR and propaganda.
But Monday we saw Trump’s full-on embrace of the fact he’s running as a fascist.
He exploited a tragedy to vilify Muslims; supports a ban on an entire religion that would have done nothing to prevent this; banned one of the largest newspapers in the country because it dared to call out something he said; and essentially accused the president of being a terrorist sympathizer.
While many of us have accused Donald Trump of being this nation’s first legitimate fascist presidential candidate, on Monday, he finally seemed to fully embrace that role.
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