How to Create a Fascist State: Donald Trump’s Playbook

Trump as Hitler

I repeat myself often: Trump is not an American and cannot claim the title of President of the United States. First, he does not represent all 320 million people: he chooses to serve only those who support him. Second, although he promised to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic” on January 20, 2017, he has not kept that promise. Third, he is a white supremacist, and these neo-Nazi hate groups oppose every American principle and ideal.

Every honest American must admit that Trump’s views are fascist. Don’t agree? Read these facts. They reveal the steps most autocratic rulers take to destroy democracy and create a fascist state. Is this Trump’s “playbook?”

1.The cult of tradition. Although the United States was not founded as a Christian nation, or by Christians, religious extremists control one entire party today. They call themselves the “Christian Religious Right. Trump has displayed his hatred of Muslims, Jews, and others frequently, although he is not himself a Christian. Trump supports only one religion in violation of the Constitution.

2.The rejection of modernism. For Trump this means denying science and even the growth of economic thought. His policies are all regressive and appeal only to others who share his antiquated beliefs.

3.The cult of action for action’s sake. To receive fallacious praise from his supporters Trump decided to act in several questionable ways which actually made him appear as he is: ignorant. His meetings with Kim Jong-un for no real purpose, and Tuesday’s photo op at St. John’s Episcopal Church are just two examples of this premise.

4.No analytical criticism. We all know that Trump is incapable of and unwilling to accept even the smallest of criticisms. According to Trump, he has never made a mistake and if you disagree with him you are a traitor to the State. His invalid criticism of the legitimate press exists for a single reason: Trump’s greatest fear is the truth.

5.Fear of difference. Trump’s ‘Amerika’ is without color, where the wealthy control the nation, where everyone praises him, including the press, and all “facts” come from his administration.

6.Appeal to a frustrated middle class. Wages for the working class have remained stagnant for decades. This is primarily the responsibility of the right-wing. Their support of special interests resulted in virtually no taxes for the one percent, and a level of income inequality not seen since the great depression. Why millions of voters chose a failed businessman to alleviate their situation, I will never understand.

7.Obsession with a plot. Trump’s most common lie: “they’re out to get me.” Trump constantly spreads conspiracy theories which have no basis in fact. However, ‘weak-minded’ Americans, those who watch Fox News to learn what they think, believe him.

8.Anti-elitism. Intellectuals, well-educated men and women, and every American who cherishes free thought is a danger to a fascist leader. Citizens with less than average intelligence are perfect for the men who would be autocrats.

9.Pacifism is trafficking with the enemy. Compassion and understanding are unlawful in a fascist society, while aggressive behavior and a willingness to commit violent actions for the State are rewarded. We must never forget last evenings greatest Constitutional violation by an American president in history. Forcefully disbanding hundreds of people for exercising their first amendment rights to allow Trump to have his picture taken is the greatest violation of our nation’s laws in my 73 years of being An American citizen


10.Contempt for the weak. Anything which happens which is not aligned with Trump’s egomaniacal actions is a “sign of weakness.” This coming from a coward whose father paid to keep him out of the Vietnam War.

11.Machismo. A fascist leader considers women inferior and denounces any alternative sexual behavior including the LGBTQ community

12.Selective populism. Individual right is in opposition to a fascist’s goals. Everyone must think like their leader. In other words, fascist subordinates are members of a cult.

13.Ur-Fascism speaks Newspeak. This is a way of defining the childish and incoherent speech of Donald Trump. Although to an intelligent man or woman, Trump is illiterate, his cult speaks the same language.

Trump is playing a game, and you and I are a part of that game. Now it’s up to you to decide if you want to win and take back your country, or are you willing to live in a fascist society where only the wealthy know and enjoy Trump’s ‘Amerika?’ Vote, vote, vote!

Op-ed by James TurnageAmazon


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