The presidency of Donald Trump has created a hybrid fascism in America. America’s smiley-face-fascism, as comedian George Carlin once put it, one mixed with politeness and protaganism, has evolved into a two-headed hydra. The second face is cloaked in populism and is filled with antagonism and aggression toward people of color, jews, muslims, LGBTQ, people with disabilities and people who disagree with Trump’s policies.
This two-headed hydra now occupies the White House, the Halls of Congress, the Supreme Court and fills other places of formal and informal power. Remarkably, it looks, sounds and twitters just like Donald Trump. One face voices concern for the hate and violence while doing nothing to quell it. The other inspires hate and violence in our streets, at our schools and college campuses, in our houses of worship and in the very fabric of our culture.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, following the election of Donald Trump in 2016, acts of violence toward Jewish communities in America spiked 57 percent. “Anti-Semitism has become normalized and harassment is a daily occurrence,” says a report by the group.
“The harassment, deeply rooted in age-old conspiracies such as the New World Order,” the group says, “which alleges that an evil cabal of Jewish people have taken autocratic control of the globe, and Holocaust imagery – faces placed inside Nazi concentration camp ovens or stretched on lampshades – shows no signs of abating.” This is Donald Trump’s America. These are Donald Trump’s people.
In Donald Trump’s America, Republican candidates for Congress are like Trump-endorsed Steve West of Missouri, who says that Adolf Hitler was right about what was taking place in Germany before World War II and that Jews were “a remnant of the tribe of Judah that rejected Christ.” He goes on further to say that what Hitler did during WWII was justified. There are many more Trump endorsed candidates like West running for elected office and Trump is crisscrossing America at public expense to make certain they win.
In Donald Trump’s America, he defends racist and anti-semitic demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, saying that demonstrators on both sides were to blame for fatalities and that the movement to take down Confederate monuments around the country was an effort to “change history” and “change culture.” Trump views preserving hate filled vestiges of a sad period in our nations history and protecting freedom of speech for hatemongers only for demonstrators who believe like himself as “Making America Great Again.”
In Donald Trump’s America, a caravan of 8000 children, women and men head north to America from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras to escape persecution much like the Jews on ships like Exodus and MS St. Louis. Again, history repeats itself with thousands of people being denied safe harbor in America due to Trump’s immigration policies based on domestic political realities, rather than humanitarian grounds. And just like then, Trump accuses spy infiltration by Al-Qaida just as some accused Nazi spy infiltration amongst the Jews as a reason to deny entry.
In Donald Trump’s America, much like Hitler did, when Jews were killed for being Jews, he blamed the victims just like Hitler did. He said after the recent attack on a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh, “They had a maniac walk in and they didn’t have any protection and that is so sad to see,” Trump said at Joint Base Andrews before he departed for a campaign swing in the Midwest. “If you take a look at it, if they had protection inside the results would have been far better,” Trump goes on to say.
Blaming the victims of hate and violence. Giving those who spew hate and commit violence permission to do great evil. This is our President. These are our leaders in Congress. This is Donald Trump’s vision of America. We cannot sit idly by any more and watch this two-headed hydra continue to Make America Great Again by Making America Hate Again.