Just How Fascist Is Donald Trump?

The Occidental Observer has put together a hilarious set of paranoid quotes emanating from establishment mouthpieces that decry the rise of a fascist populist. Some of the usual suspects are experiencing visions of 1938 again. Many ordinary Americans were so terrified when Trump was leading that the probability of a mass exodus to Canada seemed quite real:

Maybe some Americans were serious when they threatened they would move to Canada if Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump became successful in his often polarizing campaign for the White House.

Canada’s main immigration website appeared to suffer repeated outages on Tuesday night as Trump took the lead in several major states and his prospects for winning the U.S. presidency turned markedly higher.

 Is all this dread really justified? If there is one thing that Bay Area Guy and myself have consistently noted on this website it is that Americans are just too cut off from the rest of the world. The rise of nationalist leaders around the world is now a fairly common occurrence – from Netanyahu in Israel to Modi in India and Abe in Japan. The rise of Trump is merely another confirmation of an already well established global trend.

A global perspective can help abate paranoia and yield much needed clarity to a public that is prone to hysteria. Trump seems like a civil rights activist when compared to the lot mentioned above. Let’s examine Netanyahu and Modi.

Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu is best known his hatred for Arabs. A charming quote from an unabashed fascist:

“At the end, in the State of Israel, as I see it, there will be a fence that spans it all,” said Netanyahu. “I’ll be told, ‘this is what you want, to protect the villa?’ The answer is yes. Will we surround all of the State of Israel with fences and barriers? The answer is yes. In the area that we live in, we must defend ourselves against the wild beasts.”
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Netanyahu has always been an unapologetic fascist and has not only directed his vitriol against the Palestinians, but also against Israeli Arabs. As the linked article shows, his deeply racist remarks were quite well received by Israeli jews who, as I recall, were not harangued in the same way as whites are in the US. Netanyahu has made it clear that he won’t dismantle illegal Jewish settlements, will insist on Jerusalem being the Israeli capital, and refuses the Palestinian right of return. Donald Trump, on the other  hand, is willing to pursue the path of diplomacy.

Narendra Modi

India’s most popular fascist who is wildly popular amoung Hindus in particular. Modi is paranoid about tarnishing his public image and thus it is nearly impossible to find the sort of amusing banter that is typical of Netanyahu above. Nevertheless, his actions seldom disappoint his constituents. He is famous for playing the fiddle as Hindutva rioters slaughtered around 2000 muslims in Gujarat (2002) in response to the killing of Hindu activists (and civilians) on a train by a muslim mob earlier on.

Modi, like his Israeli counterpart, despises the muslim population inside his borders and on the other side of them. Far from assisting the victims in their quest for justice, Modi has been punishing those who stand with them – and the Hindu majority loves him for it.

How does Trump measure up on the fascist scale?

To the best of my knowledge, Trump hasn’t presided over any race riots and/or ethnic pogroms. He hasn’t called blacks ‘wild beasts’ and demanded their segregation from society. His stance on foreign policy borders on isolationism and scaling down US military involvement around the world. He seeks diplomacy instead of armed conflict. His focus is on domestic employment and not tanks. This is in stark contrast to Abe’s intent to beef up Japan’s military. A dispassionate reading of his proposed policies would suggest that Trump barely registers as a fascist when observed from a global standpoint. He’s a nationalist perhaps, but he’s far from being the fascist the media has made him out to be.

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11 Responses to Just How Fascist Is Donald Trump?

  1. Christopher says:

    I find it unintentionally hilarious when these liberals only want to move to Canada or even New Zealand because of Trump. Countries in which evil whites are the majority. They should move instead to countries like Mexico or India so they can help out the worlds non-White population.

  2. Gay State Girl says:

    Trump is responsible for scamming thousands of investors, and left many in dire straits, including homelessness.

  3. Gay State Girl says:

    In 2006, He said he was eagerly awaiting the a crash in the real estate market so that he could purchase more properties.

    • Bay Area Guy says:

      @ GSG

      To think that Democrats could have more consistently used that line of attack rather than peddling idiotic Kremlin conspiracy theories and criticizing Trump for calling Alicia Machado fat. Although, given that Hillary has a dubious history of cozying up to the Wall Street crooks behind the housing bubble/collapse, it wouldn’t have been as credible. Shoulda gone with Bernie over the centrist, liberal technocrat. But alas, liberals never learn.

      • Gay State Girl says:

        You don’t think Bernie wouldn’t have been the second coming of George McGovern?

      • Bay Area Guy says:

        The way I see it, the Democrats couldn’t really be in much worse shape than they are right now. I think Bernie would have been a much stronger candidate for a couple of reasons. One, he doesn’t have all of the skeletons in the closet that Hillary does. Also, he has a much better grasp of the angry mood in the country, and his populism would have gotten apathetic voters to show up for him (Hillary got around 7 million fewer votes than Obama).

        Just notice how he’s remained politically active while Hillary’s basically gone MIA. He strikes me as someone who actually wants to create real change in this country, whereas for Hillary, it was all about “her turn.”

        Anyway, if the Democrats are smart, they’ll expunge the neoliberal, corporatist DLC Democrats from the party in favor of Bernie’s inclusive economic populism. But if the elevation of Chuck Schumer is any indication, Democrats are not very smart.

      • Gay State Girl says:

        I admired Bernie to an extent, but the American public, but understand the American electorate would not be sophisticated enough to overlook his ties to the FSU (though he was hardly unique in this regard) or his open embrace of muslims at rallies (something Obama took pains to avoid, placing them in the back row at rallies.) Don’t you think Trump, Fox News et al would have hammered it into the ground?

        I don’t feel disempowered as a woman though. I understand what a weak candidate she was.

      • Bay Area Guy says:

        Don’t you think Trump, Fox News et al would have hammered it into the ground?

        Probably. However, compared to the emails, Clinton Foundation, Hillary’s disastrous foreign policy decisions, her ties to Wall Street, and – most importantly – the fact that she’s just another neoliberal technocrat, I think Bernie had far fewer weaknesses. Not to mention the fact that Hillary indulged in the kind of liberal identity politics that would repel potential Trump voters (ie. her telling whites to be humble and be aware of their “privileges”), so I don’t think Bernie’s embrace of Muslims would have doomed him.

        Whether it’s Duterte in the Philippines, Brexit, or now Trump, 2016 has been a change year – a global backlash against globalism. More of the same stale, moderate centrism is not what the doctor ordered.

        Nowadays, it’s better to have passion – even if it means being polarizing – than it is to represent the hated status quo. As one far left socialist writer Adam H. Johnson put it, you can’t bring a wonkish knife to a populist gunfight.

  4. Beatrix says:

    Wow. I am just floored by the vitriol spewed by American self described “educated, tolerant, open minded liberals’ towards the white working class. A little screed that was directed at me by a 40 something white woman from a ‘dead’ town in Illinois-

    “White working class” is an inherently racist phrase and self-designation.
    They’re not pissed about being poor and neglected as much as they are about being WHITE poor and neglected. They don’t want equity; they want the privileges promised by white supremacy AND enough money to Lord it over marginalized people.
    No, we DON’T have to be sympathetic or respectful or patient with that frame of mind. They could choose to simply be “middle class” alongside marginalized members of the working class, but they don’t – they romanticize their position with tales of sorrow and a specifically white designation.”

    This is so dumb I don’t even know where to start.

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