An estimate of the results of Sunday’s election by the pollster Ipsos France, announced at 8pm local time to cheers by flag-waving supporters gathered in Paris, put Macron’s support at about 65 percent of the vote. His opponent, the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, took 35 percent.
A nation that has given the world some of its greatest art, literature, philosophy, culture, cuisine, and couture now seems poised to endorse fascist politics — but only, warns Danziger, if the French are too foolish to follow the saner example set by the Dutch.
Steve Bannon just can’t help himself. The president’s chief strategist, and former executive chair of Breitbart News, has repeatedly cited fascists and white supremacists without compunction or even discretion.
In a rare show of unity, all 100 U.S. senators this week issued a public letter urging the Department of Justice, FBI, and Department of Homeland Security to protect Jewish institutions and prosecute those responsible for terrorizing them.
We must view Trump as a real threat to our institutions, to our democracy, and to our future. The Trump presidency and Trumpism is a new phenomenon in our country’s history. Never before has such an authoritarian personality been president. We’ve had demagogues in the House and Senate, but never in the Oval Office.
Since Election Day, millions of Americans have been talking seriously about gulags, fascism, 1930s Germany and moving to Canada. Trump’s genuine—not fake-news—authoritarian tendencies rightly terrify progressives.
It’s too soon to tell what will become of the alt-right. While the alt-right is ready to capitalize on Trump’s win, the question is whether it will destroy itself in the process.
Throughout the campaign, comparisons of Trump to fascist leaders have been treated as unserious and even irresponsible. Now, as we watch him assemble a cabinet of frightening far-right nationalists, white supremacists, militarists, and free-marketeers, Eco’s list emerges as a must-read.
Listening to Trump assume the leadership of the Republican Party, a degrading event compared to death by many Republicans, inevitably brought thoughts of that party’s founding president.
If we do not get tough and smart real fast, we are going to have a president who has never said the words ‘I am an overstuffed puffer fish deliberately targeting a religious group in order to increase my Twitter following.’
Our wise founders were radical impersonalists. When they wrote arguments for publication in newspapers, they preferred to do so anonymously, using pseudonyms like “Publius”—lest the attachment of a distinguished name distract the reader from the content and quality of the argument. Trump’s personalism, on the other hand, is how he pushes away the protection of constitutional principle with every fiber of his being.
Trump supporters’ airing of grievances is only the latest in a concerted effort from the right to dissociate itself with fascism.
As we head into Super Tuesday, one topic dominated the late night shows: Republican frontrunner Donald Trump’s descent into fascism and the adoration of hate groups.
For too long, right-wing pundits and politicians seemed much more disturbed by Donald Trump’s past positions on healthcare, abortion, and guns than his current appeals to racism, xenophobia, and violence.
There’s been lots of talk about the fascist tendencies of Donald Trump’s presidential campaigns — but now one of his Republican rivals is officially going there.