We should not waste our time or imaginations trying to reconfigure Trumpism to explain why all of the “good people” supported him. It is more important to see it for what it is and resist. Hopefully, they will join us. If not, it will not be necessary to call them names, they will have named themselves.
While on the campaign trail in February, Trump urged followers to “knock the hell” out of protesters, promising to pay their legal bills if they were arrested and charged. That same February in Fort Worth, he promised a crowd that he would “open up our libel laws” so that news outlets can be sued for writing “false” or “purposely negative” articles. In July, he urged Russia to interfere in the election on his behalf, later saying he was joking. In September, he urged still other supporters to “monitor” polling stations. In October, he promised when victorious to throw his rival, hillary clinton, in jail. And he advocated revoking the citizenship of Americans who burn flags.
So, in the last year, Trump has flirted with or, maybe more his style, groped and pawed at totalitarianism, yet the advice from many is to “give him a chance”
The faulty premise that empowered Hitler and helped place him in the German mainstream was called the Dolchstoss or the legend of the “stab in the back.” It argued that, despite all of the evidence to the contrary, Germany was winning World War I only to have politicians surrender prematurely.
“At first, the countless violations of the law by our new rulers still caused a degree of disquiet. But … soon life went on as if such state crimes were the most natural thing in the world.” Joachim Fest writes in his memoir Not I
In today’s united states, the suggestion that illegal immigration is the cause of the economic struggles of working-class whites is an American Dolchstoss. Mechanization, globalization and the decline of unions have affected working-class whites to a far greater extent than illegal immigration ― or immigration of any kind. “Rust Belt cities that are attracting immigrants are in better shape than those, like Dayton, Ohio, with fewer foreign-born residents.” Yet, “the people who are upset about immigration live in areas where immigration has had very little impact. ” Hannah Arendt.
the claim that immigrants are to blame is the talking point of the demagogue, not a reflection of economic reality.
– attacked and weakened (nearly destroyed) public education
– suborned the public tele/broadcast industries
– deregulated media to the point that it is now owned by them
– systematically propagandized half of the American Public into believing that they are victims of non-white races and non Christian religions and all people, concepts and institutions they consider to be “liberal”.
The money behind the conservative movement decided in the 1960’s that the surest way to gain and hold power is to create and nurture bigotry, fear and hatred. The fascist movements in the 1920’s and 1930’s taught them the efficacy of the strategy, they studied what they needed to do to accomplish it in the United States then systematically accomplished it. And here we are.” Kimble Klinzman