Transmuting violence into patriotism channels Nazi German as well as U.S. history
This expands my level of fear and concern for our country. The unconditional support from his minions (cult) is of utmost concern! Americans had better stand strong against this form of fascism before it’s too late! We can’t go hide!
Timothy Snyder, who I have followed since 2016 also predicted this behavior.
It’s very frustrating for me to see it and not feel I can discuss it with my brothers. I seem unable to get family members to have any reaction at all. Anything I would forward to them is always met with...silence. I have no idea what they think.
Great work... perceptive and frightening. Already sending it out to dozens of other folks. ~ Paul
Brilliant article Ruth, and terrifying , it’s hard to comprehend how millions of Americans have fallen into his spell !
Before he became elected, I always felt he was a “Hitler wannabe”; people thought my ideas about T. was silly. Unfortunately, my worst fears have become true, he is another Hitler.
How many in his former administration are compromised? Is there anyone in the GOP not tied/or afraid of T? Are they defending him due to their own role in the coup attempt?
Where is Merrick Garland? DOJ? Is the SCOTUS guilty, too?
Ruth, I just wanted to say I am a new subscriber after watching you on Rachel Maddow’s show last night. I am looking forward to reading your work, and achieving a greater understanding of our country as it attempts to stave off authoritarianism. Thank you so much! I’m glad to be here!
Thanks for the blueprints; even if we go no deeper into details, that's all we need to know.
Trump theme song:
I'm a grifter and I want your money
but in exchange
I will teach your children how to hate
I will teach them to discriminate
I will teach that white rule is our fate
If we act now and don't be late
So put your money in my plate
For a bigot needs a mate
Don't wait until it's too late
for you see
I'm a grifter and I want your money.
Simply horrifying. What an indictment of a large and increasingly violent population of angry mis-lead sheep.
trump doesn't know the pledge of allegiance. He had to read it. Melania taught him to put his hand over his heart.
Ruth, this is a very well-written and comprehensive development of the Nazi party movement in Nuremburg with some contrasts to the Trump rally in Waco....including the 'Horst Wessel Song' v. 'Justice for All.' Although the J6 choir and political prisoners references was totally funky to say the least! But thank you so much for these unforgettable contrasting image references!
The parallels with Hitler and Nuremburg are chilling. I also see a lot in common with Mussolini, a murderous clown, who was able to gain power through violence and persuasion.
This is really getting scary.
Whomever is elected King, or Queen in 2024, CBP and DHS will be the place to watch. They are most likely to rise as a national police force. We must have the leader, crisis and organization for a rapid police force, in place. Netanyahu is seeing what happens when you don’t. After the latest shooting, the hatred aimed toward the LGBTQ community will rise exponentially. Franklin Graham was already stirring the pot on Twitter last night. Perfect scapegoats. Thanks for your work Ruth. Kitchen is heating up.
I just saw an interview with several attendees at the Waco rally. It was a study in social psychology. The degree of nihilism/postmodernism was off the charts. The danger of this sort of thinking is that it easily leads to post-truth, the belief that emotion supersedes facts. There was a retreat from reality seen in the interviews, in addition to delusional thinking.
It has been said that fascism promotes fantasy in society to accomplish its mission, and given what I saw at Trump's rally, he has surely done just that.
Excellent writing, Ruth. Thank you for speaking out. We all must do the same. We cannot ignore this behavior. Our future safety depends upon calling it what it is: an invitation to be violent.