Donald Trump’s hyperbolic rhetoric about Mexican drug dealers and dangerous Muslims in America appeals to his supporters. Otherwise he wouldn’t spew it. Once regarded largely as pure show business and a distraction, Trump’s campaign endures despite — because of? — some of these seemingly xenophobic positions.
Trump is a fascist. And that’s not a term I use loosely or often. But he’s earned it. https://t.co/KSfADd5Ycq
— Max Boot (@MaxBoot) November 22, 2015
Candidate Trump’s recent talk has political commentators calling him an outright fascist. Max Boot of the Council on Foreign Relations says Trump is the real deal. But does that jibe with history? Trump wants surveillance of American mosques after the Paris attacks, he wants Black Lives Matter protesters subdued after they interrupt him, and he wants illegal residents deported — all 11 million of them. That does sound like some fascist agendas of the past. Below are some of the world’s most notorious fascists. Does Trump really belong in this category?
- Benito Mussolini
- Adolf Hitler
- Gen. Francisco Franco
- Emperor Hirohito
- Gen. Augusto Pinochet
- Gen. Hugo Banzer
- Gen. Alfredo Stroessner