Saturday, March 12, 2016
Donald Trump and the Road to Fascism
For months Donald Trump has been whipping his fanatical followers into a frenzy with his inflammatory racist rhetoric.
Stirring up tensions in his already badly divided country.
And yesterday those tensions exploded into violence.
And we got a chilling vision of what a Trump America might look like.
When a rally had to be cancelled.
Donald Trump's divisive hate tour exploded in violence Friday with a bloody stop in St. Louis and chaos in Chicago — while the tone-deaf hate-monger denied his role in the madness.
The fury filled day began with clashes outside St. Louis’ Peabody Opera House, leaving one man bloodied and another charged with assault. And the havoc later rolled through a packed arena in Chicago after a Trump event was scuttled, and tensions boiled over.
This is what it sounded like inside the Chicago arena after the cancellation was announced...
And rage quickly turned to violence, just as it had at another rally hours earlier in St Louis...
And none of this should be surprising, for it was indeed entirely predictable.
What many had feared as Trump’s campaign has proceeded had finally happened on a large scale: A flammable brew of populist anger, campaign mismanagement, a candidate’s own provocative encouragement and protesters fighting back — quite literally — finally found its fuse.
Especially since Trump has been encouraging his followers to beat up protesters.
Trump, who encourages his supporters to surround and shout down protesters with chants of “USA,” has openly pined for “the old days,” when, he says, noisy demonstrators would be carried out of a political rally on stretchers.
"I’d like to punch him in the face," he told a Las Vegas casino rally crowd last month when one protester was ejected.
They have been answering his call.
Earlier this week, a 78-year-old Trump supporter sucker-punched a black protester being led out of the candidate’s event — and then threatened death to the man he had punched.
And even when he isn't endorsing violence, the threat of it hangs heavy in the air at all of his rallies.
So one can only wonder what might happen if the protests continue and Trump and his followers get angrier and angrier.
And when I watched this introduction to the live feed of the rally that never happened...
I couldn't help but wonder where that strange demagogue might lead those angry Americans?
Because to me its starting to look more and more like he's leading them down the road to fascism.
Which is when I give thanks that I live in a very different country, with a very different kind of leader.
Who when he was asked to comment on Trump yesterday, refused to get drawn into the fray, but did say he had confidence in Lincoln's good angels.
Let's hope he's right.
Because while we may have dodged our fascist nightmare when we defeated Stephen Harper and his brutish Con regime.
I fear our neighbours' nightmare may just be beginning...
Thank goodness for our new Canada.
God save America...
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