This is why I prefer the term “neo-fascist” when referring to Trumpism. As a movement, it relies on anti-immigrant rhetoric (and policies), white nationalism, attacks on the press, and an obsession with strength and masculinity. Although the ultra-nationalistic militarism is lacking (for now), it seems that his regime has been inspired by elements of fascism, especially based on the statements and ideologies of ex-Trump administration officials, such as Bannon and Gorka.

That being said, Trump certainly doesn’t fit neatly into the fascist label, and has a long way to go to create such a society. The Donald himself likely does not even have an ideology — he seems to simply be a narcissistic huckster who regurgitates Fox News talking points and occasionally engages in sexual assault. He’s also made it clear that he’s willing to say and do whatever will get him the most attention. With some taming from establishment shills on both sides of the isle, we’ll have something comparable to the second Bush administration in no time. (Which would mean a bi-partisan consensus on endless war and regime-change policies around the world.)

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