Is Donald Trump a Fascist? (Part I)

Background

Anti-Trump protesters carrying fascism signs.
Photo by Chris Boese on Unsplash.

In the film “Hillary”, a documentary about Hillary Clinton released in 2020, Senator Tim Kaine, her running mate in the 2016 presidential race, recalls a phone call in which President Obama refers to Donald Trump as a fascist.

Kaine speaking to Clinton:

President Obama called me last night and said, “Tim, this is no time to be a purist. You’ve got to keep a fascist out of the White House.”

Clinton responds:

I echo that sentiment.

References:

Of course, President Obama’s claim is not unique. Trump has been referred to as a fascist by many people, and for several years now.

Starting shortly after June 16, 2015, the day Donald Trump descended the escalator in Trump Tower to declare his candidacy for president, a steady stream of fascism charges has kept flowing.

2015

  • “Trump is a fascist”, tweeted Max Boot, a Washington Post columnist and CNN analyst.
Max Boot refers to Donald Trump as a fascist in a tweet.

2016

2017

2018

Michael Eric Dyson calls President Trump a fascist.

2019

Then there are the various groups that have sprung up since Trump’s election to challenge his alleged fascism. Among the most prominent is RefuseFascism.org.

From their website home page:

RefuseFascism.org website home page February 2020

There’s also Antifa (a portmanteau of “ANTI-FAscist”), a de-centralized cluster of groups that have been around for a long time, but have gained new awareness since Trump’s election in 2016, fighting those they consider fascist.

Clearly, across the United States — in the news media, on late night talk shows, in Congress, in Hollywood, in Silicon Valley, on college campuses, and in many other quarters of society — President Trump is considered a fascist.

So is any of this true? Is Donald Trump really a fascist?

Next article: Part II (Analysis)

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