As Trump Descends Into Dictatorial Madness, He Escalates the Fascist Terror
Harvey Wasserman / Reader Supported News
(October 12, 2020) — As Donald Trump descends into COVID/drug-induced madness, there must be no illusions about what we face.
Trump is using White Supremacism to incite violent fascist cadres. These assaults on the 2020 election parallel Hitler’s rise to power in 1933 Germany.
Throughout the US, right-wing thugs are escalating the terror at voting centers. They have blocked voter access at Alexandria, Virginia, and will certainly be seen elsewhere.
They are making their presence felt in the most critical juncture of the election — where an election board decides whether to disallow mailed-in ballots.
They will certainly be out in force when the votes are counted.
Trump has taken his fascist rhetoric to a whole new level by demanding the arrest of his electoral opponent, Joe Biden, something done by no other major party candidate in US history. Given Attorney General William Barr’s sycophantic contempt for the rule of law, this is a threat that should be taken at face value. Trump has called VP candidate Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) a “monster.”
Inciting right-wing militia groups to “liberate Michigan,” he has been eerily silent on the alleged plan of armed fascists to kidnap duly-elected governor Gretchen Whitmer.
Many of these refugees have come here fleeing Latin American dictatorships installed and maintained by US forces.
All face the same COVID that has stricken Trump, but they will not be getting anything resembling his taxpayer-funded multi-million-dollar medical care. Death and disease rates are state secrets.
The camps are hidden from the public and media. The UN and other observers who’ve seen parts of them have compared them to Dachau, Bergen-Belsen, and other Nazi concentration camps.
Journalists, labor organizers, feminists, LGBTQ individuals, and progressive activists might remember that Hitler used such camps to “settle scores” once he consolidated power, a virtual inevitability with Barr by Trump’s side.
Like his racist, anti-semitic, Klan-supporting father, The Donald openly touts the “good genes” of his white followers. He attacks African-American, Mexican-American, and other citizens and immigrants of color as “murderers” and “rapists.”
Trump openly lauds Hitler’s “racehorse theory,” arguing that human beings can be selectively bred like animals to produce a Master Race.
Here’s what Trump told a virtually all-white crowd in Bemidji, Minnesota, on September 18:
“You have good genes, you know that, right? You have good genes. A lot of it is about the genes, isn’t it? Don’t you believe? The racehorse theory. You think we’re so different? You have good genes in Minnesota.”
Says Rabbi Mark Diamond, a senior lecturer on Jewish studies at Loyola Marymount University: “To hear these remarks said at a rally in an election campaign for the presidency is beyond reprehensible.”
Diamond, the former executive vice president of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, adds, “This is at the heart of Nazi ideology. This has brought so much tragedy and destruction to the Jewish people and to others. It’s actually hard to believe in 2020 we have to revisit these very dangerous theories.”
Steve Silberman, a best-selling New York Times author, adds:
“As a historian who has written about the Holocaust, I’ll say bluntly: This is indistinguishable from the Nazi rhetoric that led to Jews, disabled people, LGBTQ, Romani and others being exterminated. This is America 2020. This is where the GOP has taken us.”
At Trump’s core is contempt for what Hitler called “Jewish values”: compassion, empathy, remorse — democracy itself. As reported by his longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen, Trump thinks such beliefs (like science) are for “losers” and “suckers.”
“You’re brutal people, not nice people at all,” he once told a room full of Israel supporters, referring to how Jews allegedly do business.
Trump’s backers often cite his relations with Jews like Cohen; his childhood mentor, mob attorney Roy Cohn; his son-in-law and fellow real estate grifter, Jared Kushner; close advisor Stephen Miller; and mega-backer Sheldon Adelson. His daughter has converted to Judaism, they say. His grandchildren are technically Jewish.
They might remember that Hitler personally signed waivers saving at least 77 Jewish officers who were useful to him while serving in the Nazi Army. He simultaneously exterminated many of their families.
Some still dismiss Trump as a mere Mussolini, calling him a “clown,” as did many American journalists when they first encountered Hitler.
They ignore his utter lack of care for the 200,000-plus Americans who’ve died from his denial of the deadly realities of the coronavirus.
Trump’s hard-core followers suffer no such delusions. They proudly flaunt their swastika flags and Nazi tattoos. They happily salute him as der Fuhrer and loudly hate both Jews and people of color.
These are the “fine people,” who killed Heather Heyer in Charlottesville. This is the “hero” 17-year-old who killed two peaceful demonstrators in Wisconsin (imagine if that kid had been black, how quickly the cops would’ve shot him to pieces, and what Trump would be saying about him now).
Now he’s urged his Proud Boy storm troopers to “stand back and stand by” in anticipation of a coming coup.
Approaching humankind’s most consequential election since 1933, Yale historian Timothy Snyderwarns: “That the next atrocity will be different than the last one is not a reason to let it happen. It will be ours, and we have been warned.”
Our Election Protection campaign has become a terminal life/death struggle for our nation and our species.
It will take every ounce of our collective solidarity and strength to defeat Trump’s Hitlerian madness. Our survival demands we shed all illusions about what we face.
Harvey Wasserman co-convenes the Grassroots Election Protection Coalition Monday zoom (www.grassrootsep.org). His California Solartopia broadcasts at KPFK/Pacifica 90.7 fm Los Angeles; Green Power & Wellness podcasts at prn.fm. His People’s Spiral of US History awaits Trump’s departure at www.solartopia.org
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