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Thanks @john258  for the info.

Concentration camps first and Death camps last.

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Well today we got more proof of where Dictator Trump is taking the USA. He has a group of people  on the West Coast (LA area) looking at homeless problem with people to see what Feds can do. They are looking at an old large FAA owned building of some type. Why? The plan seems to be that the Fed. govt round up the homeless and put them in what would be a Fed. run compound (Concentration Camp). In short to the camps these people go. To me I think back almost 2 years ago when I told all in here when Trump built the camps to hold 100,000 that was the test. He did it. He was able to hold people at the southern border in camps, and steal their children which went to another camp. I told all he will work up the chain till he can put anyone he wants in one of his camps. What we see in this effort is another small step on the way to full dictatorship. Keep in mind RT told us last weekend his plan for climate control which will be the end as every person he thinks is a problem will go to a camp, and a lot of them will be people who support him. Go read what Hitler did in Germany and you see Trump doing the same thing in the US. So far Trump has gotten away with it. Wake up people. Trump and Hitler one in the same.

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With Moscow Mitch in place, Impeachment is a fool's errand - he'd stay in office, AND it would bring back the slightly less moronic of his base just because it's how the GOPerBase "thinks". They justify their racism by claiming non-whites and women have been allowed to "cut in line" ahead of them by Progressive policies like affirmative action. They see that as "unfair" because Fox has warped their image of social justice into a grade-school "crime" committed against THEM.

 

Better we just keep reporting his increasing insanity, and pray SOMEBODY will countermand any doomsday orders he tries to issue as his world crumbles around him.

 

Now, if it looks like supporting tRump might cost Yertle McConnell his job, ol' Mitch just might agree to a trial, conviction AND REMOVAL of history's most crtiminal and mentally unstable ToadPOTUS.

 

That would leave Fundamentalist-in-Chief Pence as POTUS, and since the religeous far right will all vote for him, he'd be a more formidible candidate than lil donny - something to consider when pushing for impeachment.

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Impeach him now !


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Excellent analysis Cent. Bonespurso WUSSoilni was not an ACCIDENTIAL pick by the GOPerLords. He is the embodyment of the impotent Government they are driving toward so there will be no power to counter the Corporate Oligarchs.

 

So how has tRump advanced the Fascist cause?

 

He has destroyed American's faith in their Government.

He has destroyed our allies faith in our Government

He has appointed as leaders of Departments those who lobbied to destroy them

He has designated MINORITIES as the cause of all America's problems

He has made kidnapping minority children an accepted National policy

He has redistributed $1.4TRILLION from We the People to Corporate Oligarchs

He has used Government to attack his enemies

He has incited his followers to acts of violence against his enemies

He has established concentration camps to contain his enemies

He has made membership in the Nazi, KKK and White Supremacists "good".

 

Not sure what more he needs to do to satisfy the GOPerLords and whatever it is, no matter how vile, his base will CHEER. THAT is the scariest thing he's done.

 

 

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Yes, @Centristsin2010 , I agree The Current Man in the White House is a fascist.  Without a doubt, he is that and more.  He is a narcissist.  He is a racist.  He is compassionless.  And everything he has done thus far has been in service to himself and his cronies--not the American people as a whole.  In short, I believe he is evil.  Moreover, I believe he may be mentally ill or at least suffering from diminished capacity.  In any case, this man's presidency has been disastrous at the very least and will go down as a blight in the annuls of the history of the United States if we have left any vestige of what we have known the United States to be once he is thankfully out of office.   

 

In England they say, "God save the Queen."   I say, "God save America...from Donald J. Trump!" 

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Cent, the sad thing is that a large portion of our populace is embracing this. Thus, my signature quote !


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From words to actions

 

Any reasonable evaluation of Trump's rhetoric and actions since taking office can only conclude that the dial on McNeill's fascist meter has continued to move higher since his op-ed appeared nearly three years ago. McNeill says via email that he would give Trump a slightly higher score based on his actions since taking office.

 

He's also sounding a new warning. "A major test will come if he loses the 2020 election," he says.

 

"Will he denounce its legitimacy and urge his loyalists not to respect the outcome? I consider that a real possibility because he seems to care so much more about himself and his image than about society at large or the traditions, institutions, and culture of democracy." History shows authoritarians don't leave office easily, especially if criminal indictments are likely once they are out of power.

 

According to Georgetown University’s John McNeill, Trump accumulated 26 out of 44 possible “Benitos” for his fascist tendencies — before even taking office. - PUBLIC DOMAIN
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Following his election, the ugly anti-immigrant rhetoric of candidate Trump, who repeatedly described Mexican immigrants as drug dealers, murderers, and rapists, quickly transformed into an equally ugly agenda once he took office.

 

"The Trump administration continues to make changes both small and drastic to U.S. immigration policies ... that support a white nationalist agenda," according to a report posted on the website of the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker-run nonprofit. "By keeping more people out, deporting people who are here, and creating an atmosphere of nativism and fear that affects everybody, Trump is attempting to dramatically reduce immigration to the United States, particularly of people of color."

 

Be it his multiple executive orders aimed at stopping immigration from Muslim-majority countries and the immense cruelty of separating children from parents seeking asylum, or the massive roundups by ICE agents in recent weeks, Trump is clearly using what McNeill called "self-definition by opposition" to continue motivating his base as he seeks re-election.

 

It's not just immigrants feeling the wrath generated by Trump. In effect, he's consistently sticking with a tactic that's so far worked to his advantage: exploiting the fears and bigotry of a base that is overwhelmingly white and solidly evangelical. He will occasionally give lip service to calls for unity, but his record has long told a different story.

 

The dehumanizing of those deemed "others" is among the most chilling of fascism's tenets. In this, President Trump excels.

 

Even USA Today, a bastion of mainstream journalism, shined a light on the president's racism:

 

"Trump has created controversy for years with incendiary rhetoric that is often directed at people of color — from his branding of the Central Park Five as 'muggers and murderers' to his peddling of the false 'birther' conspiracy against then-President Barack Obama to his denigrating of a former African-American aide as a 'dog' to his attacks against four Democratic congresswomen of color."

 

 

The paper chronicled more than a dozen such instances of divisiveness.

 

It's more than just abusive rhetoric. As CNN reported, "Since Donald Trump's inauguration, the Department of Justice has reversed or retreated from prior positions in at least three significant voting rights matters, including two in which it abandoned claims of intentional discrimination.

 

"The DOJ's reversal of positions signals to lawmakers that there is a degree of tolerance for voting discrimination. It runs the risk of being perceived as a wink-of-the-eye to those who would push the limits of discriminatory tactics, and a cold shoulder to those vulnerable populations who have counted on the federal government to have their backs."

 

The extent to which Trump is seen as a threat to African Americans is reflected in the NAACP's unanimously approved resolution supporting the president's impeachment. Taking such a drastic position is unusual for the nation's oldest civil rights organization.

 

"The group has been sharply critical of policies it disagrees with, such as President George W. Bush's handling of Hurricane Katrina and decision to go to war in Iraq," the Washington Post reported, "but outside observers note that the vote to support Trump's impeachment is a significant step for a group typically inclined to work with elected officials."

 

When it comes to the LGBTQ community, Trump's rhetoric has generally lacked the vitriol spat at other marginalized groups. His administration's actions, though, are dangerously regressive. Two cases going to the U.S. Supreme Court starkly illustrate Team Trump's real stance regarding LGBTQ rights. One case (two lower-court cases that have been combined) centers on gay and lesbian employment protections. The other involves a person fired after coming out as a trans woman at the metro Detroit funeral home she worked at for years. In both cases, Trump's Department of Justice has weighed in on the side of the employers, arguing that civil rights laws prohibiting sex discrimination do not cover LGBTQ people. The administration has also put forward proposals and administrative rules that would permit discrimination against LGBTQ in the name of "religious freedom."

 

"His administration has steadily worked to expand protections for religious groups, while scaling back protections for LGBTQ people, women seeking abortions, and others," The Atlantic magazine reported in August. "The Department of Health and Human Services has led this charge, but across the administration, the mission is clear: Obama's legacy on discrimination needs to be reversed."

 

Along with creating real hardships, Trump's stoking of intolerance toward minorities and political opponents is, based on a growing body of evidence, also inspiring horrific violence. The fomenting of violence is, as McNeill and others have pointed out, is a fundamental aspect of fascism.

 

As Time magazine reported: "Mussolini and those who came after him had very specific ideas about who got to be part of the nation. It followed that those who did not fit the mold were seen as disruptive to that unity, and thus subject to violence."

 

Sound familiar? It should.

 

At a Florida campaign rally in May, a Trump supporter enthusiastically shouted "shoot them" when the president asked how we should stop immigrants from crossing the border. The Hill reported that, instead of soundly condemning the threat of violence, a "seemingly pleased" Trump "smirked" and then quipped, "That's only in the Panhandle you can get away with that statement."

Trump's stoking of intolerance and bigotry is clearly having an effect.

 

A recent investigation by ABC News found 29 criminal cases nationwide where the perpetrators echoed "presidential rhetoric."

 

"These included 10 cases where the perpetrators either cheered or defended Trump while taunting or threatening others," the network reported. "On another 10 occasions, defendants justified their violent or threatening behavior in court by citing the president and his rhetoric. In nine other cases, Trump was hailed by perpetrators either during or after physically attacking innocent victims."

 

Along those same lines, the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, D.C., reports that "FBI data show that since Trump's election there has been an anomalous spike in hate crimes concentrated in counties where Trump won by larger margins. It was the second-largest uptick in hate crimes in the 25 years for which data are available, second only to the spike after September 11, 2001."

 

In that same dispatch, Brookings also pointed to an Anti-Defamation League study showing that "counties that hosted a Trump campaign rally in 2016 saw hate crime rates more than double compared to similar counties that did not host a rally."

 

"While some observers have explained Trump's success as a result of economic anxiety, the data demonstrate that anti-immigrant sentiment, racism, and sexism are much more strongly related to support for Trump," according to Brookings.

 
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Former national security adviser Susan Rice, a Black woman, told CNN that Trump "continues to divide us, most profoundly along racial lines. And to suggest those who come to this country as immigrants, those who have skin that looks like mine are somehow less than human. He has likened us to an invasion, an infestation. He uses terms that liken us to rodents."

 

It is a tactic pulled directly from the fascist playbook. There's a reason Hitler referred to Jews as "vermin": it is much easier to commit (and support) acts of violence against people stripped of their humanity.

At a Florida campaign rally in May, a Trump supporter enthusiastically shouted “shoot them” when the president asked how we should stop immigrants from crossing the border. The Hill reported that, instead of soundly condemning the threat of violence, a “seemingly pleased” Trump “smirked” and then quipped, “That’s only in the Panhandle you can get away with that statement.”

 

All this dovetails with how Geoffrey Cain, a foreign correspondent and author, described fascism in a recent article for The New Republic:

 

"At its heart, fascism is an alliance of hardline and moderate conservatives seeking to repress left-wing sentiment. It's a campaign to convert the working classes to nationalism, to make them angry and violent, to convince them that they've been betrayed by their global-elite leaders. It's the resurrection of an illustrious past, an effort to propel the nation forward, to expand with industry, military weapons and technology."

 

The attacking of "others," a fostering of an "Us vs. Them" mentality, is intrinsic to fascism. In Hitler's Germany, it was glorification of what the Fuhrer called the "master race." In today's America, it is "white nationalism."

 

Jason Stanley, a Yale professor of political philosophy and author of the widely acclaimed book How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them, was asked if it's possible to be a fascist without being racist.

 

He answered without hesitation: "Not on my definition of fascism."

 

 

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Is Trump a fascist?  The F-word
 
 
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In recent months, the word "fascist" has been thrown at everything from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal and statements made by Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Disney's remake of The Lion King.

 

But's there's one target of the F-word that stands out above all others — President Donald Trump. At no time in America's history has the word been so openly and repeatedly applied to the person sitting in the Oval Office. There is much this president has done that generates legitimate concern:

 

His cruel, dehumanizing treatment of refugees seeking asylum. The crass and vulgar attitudes toward women. Attempts to limit minority communities' access to the polls. Efforts to erode LGBTQ protections.

 

All of this and more is reprehensible in the eyes of many people.

 

Even so, does that justify calling the president a fascist, or are his critics guilty of carelessly setting off rhetorical dynamite, further inflaming passions on either side of the already volatile Trump divide?

 

Answering that timely question requires a close look at both the word and the man.

 

Fascism's roots

 

Fascism first emerged in the 1920s under Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, followed by Germany's Adolf Hitler. It is generally characterized as a form of authoritarianism with distinct attributes that distinguish it from other types of despotic rule.

 

Finding an agreed-upon definition, though, is a slippery task.

 

President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who led America in its fight to defeat fascism in World War II, described it this way: "The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism — ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power."

 

In that regard, Trump has clearly turned the keys of governance over to the private sector. A former oil industry lobbyist is the acting Secretary of the Interior, the Defense Department is headed by a former Boeing executive, a former pharmaceutical industry lobbyist leads the Department of Health and Human Services, and a former coal lobbyist runs the Environmental Protection Agency. But those are just a few of the most high-profile examples. An investigation last year by the nonprofit journalist group ProPublica found that "at least 187 Trump political appointees have been federal lobbyists, and despite President Trump's campaign pledge to 'drain the swamp,' many are now overseeing the industries they once lobbied on behalf of."

 

That's not a new phenomenon, however. George W. Bush's administration, in particular, was noted for appointing industry representatives as regulators.

 

A more expansive definition of fascism than the one provided by Roosevelt can be found in the work of John McNeill, a professor of history at Georgetown University. In an October 2016 op-ed published in the Washington Post, McNeill described 11 core attributes of fascism, which he said has both social and political elements.

 

Corporate ownership of government: Industry leaders or lobbyists now in cabinet positions. Clockwise, from left: EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler was a coal lobbyist; Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar was with pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly; David Bernhardt, who heads the Department of the Interior, was an oil industry lobbyist; Defense Secretary Mark Esper was a top executive at defense contractor Raytheon. - OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT PHOTOS/PUBLIC DOMAIN
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Writing before Trump ascended to the presidency, McNeill created a rating system of zero to four "Benitos" — in recognition of Mussolini — for each of those 11 markers.

 

Most of McNeill's fascist fundamentals are self-explanatory: hyper-nationalism, militarism, fetishization of youth, fetishization of masculinity, leader cult, glorification of violence and readiness to use it in politics, lost-golden-age syndrome, hierarchical party structure and tendency to purge the disloyal, and theatricality.

 

Two other aspects of fascism identified by McNeill are less intuitive.

 

First, there's what McNeill called "mass mobilization and mass party." The professor pointed out that both "Mussolini and Hitler rode to power on tidal waves of support that were organized into new political parties. Trump didn't create a new party. Instead he has made a venerable one, the Grand Old Party, into his vehicle."

 

As for "self-definition by opposition," McNeill means the propensity of fascists to define themselves as "the bulwark against various evils and menaces to the nation. Those included communism, routine democratic politics, the traditional conservatism of industrial and agrarian elites ... and, especially in the German case, foreigners and minorities."

 

Trump, by McNeill's judgement, earned 26 Benitos out of a possible 44. That translates to a grade of 60 percent — an unnervingly high number to be pinned on the occupant of the Oval Office.

McNeill, however, stopped short of labeling Trump a full-fledged fascist:

 

"Projecting an air of menace at rallies, uttering ambiguous calls for assassinations, tacitly endorsing the roughing-up of protesters, urging the killing of terrorists' families and whatever else Trump does — while shocking by the standards of American politics — fall far short of the genuinely murderous violence endorsed and unleashed by authentic fascists."

 

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