Sunday, August 27, 2017
The Day Donald Trump Went Full Fascist
It's hard to find a pattern in anything Donald Trump does. He's here, he's there, he's everywhere, he's out of his mind, he's making it up as he goes along.
But ever since that Nazi party in Charlottesville, a clear pattern is emerging, and it couldn't be more disturbing.
Trump has always been loud and vulgar, a bigot and a bully.
But now he is going full fascist.
By pardoning the monstrous gauleiter Joe Arpaio.
President Trump on Friday pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff whose aggressive efforts to hunt down and detain undocumented immigrants made him a national symbol of the divisive politics of immigration and earned him a criminal contempt conviction.
For not only is Trump pardoning a man who deserves to be punished for turning a jail into a concentration camp, where inmates were abused and humiliated for the sadistic pleasure of their Kommandant.
It is the act of a fascist.
The Trump presidency has been the most shocking and awful in modern American history, with the president threatening nuclear war, saying that “fine people” march alongside Nazis, implementing a “Muslim ban.” But Trump’s pardon of former sheriff Joe Arpaio is the worst, most dangerous, and most terrifying of all his antics.
Not only because it is an endorsement of Arpaio’s racism and birtherism, not only because it was done without any of the appropriate processes and procedures, but first and foremost because it is a direct assault on the rule of law itself. I haven’t used the word before, and I hesitate to use it now, but Trump’s action is fascist.
There is no other way to describe it.
At a certain point, “fascist” becomes the most accurate term to describe what this man does and the Arpaio pardon is that point. It is the perfect confluence of tendencies: disregard of the courts, mob justice, ethno-nationalism, authoritarianism. It is the brute exercise of power to attack a disliked minority, unchecked by the rule of law. “Fascist” is not an incendiary slur – it is an accurate description.
But although some say he's doing it because him and Arpaio have been bosom buddies since the days when they were smearing the first Africa-American president of the United States with their so-called birther conspiracy.
And that Trump needs to feed his racist base some red meat to make up for firing Steve Bannon, the Breitbart Gruppenführer...
I think the main reason is to send out this message to those who Robert Mueller is investigating:
Don't worry, don't squeal, if Mueller nails you, I'll save you.
Which would further undermine the rule of law, and turn that country into a police state.
So Joe Biden is right, Americans are now fighting for the soul of their nation.
The giant forward steps we have taken in recent years on civil liberties and civil rights and human rights are being met by a ferocious pushback from the oldest and darkest forces in America. Are we really surprised they rose up? Are we really surprised they lashed back? Did we really think they would be extinguished with a whimper rather than a fight?
We have fought this battle before—but today we have a special challenge. Today we have an American president who has publicly proclaimed a moral equivalency between neo-Nazis and Klansmen and those who would oppose their venom and hate. We have an American president who has emboldened white supremacists with messages of comfort and support.
Now he’s pardoned a law-enforcement official who terrorized the Latino community, violated its constitutional rights, defied a federal court order to stop, and ran a prison system so rife with torture and abuse he himself called it a “concentration camp.”
But the good news is that the Americans have fought the fascists before and defeated them...
They will defeat them again.
And when that ghastly fascist, or would be American Fuhrer, goes down.
He's taking the Republican party with him.
And he's going down hard...