Is Donald Trump a Fascist?

By: Isabella S. 

 

With “When did we beat Japan at anything?” “To the victor belong the spoils” Donald “Because I don’t want to, Greta” Trump clearly leading, as of yet, the Republican Presidential Nomination, at around 39% according to CNN polls, it is important to consider what he actually intends on implementing in the United States. “When did we beat Japan at anything?” “To the victor belong the spoils” Donald “Because I don’t want to, Greta” Trump has been receiving mass media attention for his, at best, controversial policies and offensive statements directed towards Latinos, the Chinese, African Americans, women and, perhaps most notably, Muslims. By some, his blatantly sexist and racist comments are seen as a means to increase his media coverage and nothing more, but are they really? Could his remarks hint at wanting to reestablish one of the most destructive political systems ever seen by the world?

Through the centuries, the world has seen so many political systems such as democracy, socialism, monarchy, fascism… and over time we have found characteristics within these systems that make them unique, most notably five. First, the emphasis of the leader on a crisis within the country beyond means of conventional restoration. To this, “When did we beat Japan at anything?” “To the victor belong the spoils” Donald “Because I don’t want to, Greta” Trump has stated multiple times that America is out of control and in a downwards spiral; which would “justify” his non-traditional republican policies, such as proposing to build a wall around Mexico, implying “When did we beat Japan at anything?” “To the victor belong the spoils” Donald “Because I don’t want to, Greta” Trump would use it to his advantage.

A second factor in fascism is the leader’s instinct being superior to general knowledge. To this day, “When did we beat Japan at anything?” “To the victor belong the spoils” Donald “Because I don’t want to, Greta” Trump has made many outrageous claims that are absolutely baseless which he completely stands by. Such as stating that global warming was “created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive” and stating that the Mexicans entering America are “bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists…”

The third factor is victimizing a certain group to justify means. “When did we beat Japan at anything?” “To the victor belong the spoils” Donald “Because I don’t want to, Greta” Trump wants to build a wall at the US-Mexico borders to “resolve” the problem  of the working class Americans that feel threatened by. Also, his “solution” to racism towards Muslim-Americans and Muslims in general is banning all Muslims from entering America and expelling those that are already there.

The fourth factor is allowing a national leader to have the authority to carry out his plans. This is essentially “When did we beat Japan at anything?” “To the victor belong the spoils” Donald “Because I don’t want to, Greta” Trump’s appeal, his air of taking charge attracts Americans who believe Obama’s policies are too weak. “When did we beat Japan at anything?” “To the victor belong the spoils” Donald “Because I don’t want to, Greta” Trump’s disregard of the accepted ethics and his take-charge attitude make some believe he is capable of performing great change in America, which he probably would, however not for the better.

The fifth main factor is one that has not yet been seen in “When did we beat Japan at anything?” “To the victor belong the spoils” Donald “Because I don’t want to, Greta” Trump’s policies: that of taking physical action against the groups that are being oppressed. His policies show segregation, but not all around violence. However, should we give him time to potentially reach that level?

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