If Donald Trump is the Republican nominee, expect young voters, American conservatives, and libertarians to bolt the Party en masse. Super Tuesday may be the last chance for Republicans to stop a neo-fascist from taking over the Party and chasing away key voting blocks.
While Trump is appealing to many hard-working Americans with his direct attitude, his views will never appeal to libertarian-leaning millennials and conservatives, who reject centralized power and nationalistic rhetoric.
It’s time for Republicans to look beyond his “winning” attitude and realize the consequences on nominating someone who believes what Trump believes. Just like Senator Bernie Sanders is a European-style socialist, Donald Trump is demonstrably a European-style, right-wing neo-fascist.
In Europe, the rise of nationalism and neo-fascism has effected elections, and now in America, we have our own brand. Trump may not be as extreme, but his tendencies line up better with them than with the traditional American Republican Party.
Neo-fascist may seem like a strong term, but the quotes and actions below would suggest Trump leans more toward them than towards American conservatism. While supporting these positions individually doesn’t make you a neo-fascist, the overall platform mimics European neo-fascists. In Europe, neo-fascists (who, by the way, deny that title) are fighting against globalization and immigration, and fighting for more authoritarian speech and social policies.
– He wants to ignore the 1st Amendment and crack down on journalists who disagree with him.
- He said: “We’re going to open up libel laws and we’re going to have people sue [the media] like you’ve never got sued before.”
- He called Vladamir Putin — who jails journalists regularly — a “great leader.”
- He called for the banning of a conservative journalist from television by the FCC. He said Rich Lowry “should not be allowed on TV and the FCC should fine him.”
- He said: “When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it. They were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That shows you the power of strength. Our country is right now perceived as weak…”
- He said: “I would certainly be open to closing areas” of the Internet.
– He quoted Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, then defended it.
- The quote: “It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.”
- Trump’s defense of the quote: “It’s a very good quote; it’s a very interesting quote, and I know it. I saw it. And I know who said it. But what difference does it make whether it’s Mussolini or somebody else? It’s certainly a very interesting quote.”
- What difference does it make? He was a fascist dictator, and the quote in context was about how to treat a citizenry. Trump thinks he’s the lion. Who’s the sheep?
– He originally refused to disavow the KKK or the endorsement of David Duke.
- He frequently retweets white supremacists (as much as 60% of his retweets are from white supremacists).
- On CNN, he refused to disavow the KKK.
- Either he has these leanings, or he’s trying to earn their support (especially in the southern primaries).
– He pledges to use Executive Orders just as much as President Obama.
- He said about Obama’s orders: “I mean, he’s led the way, to be honest with you.”
– He wants to bully companies into doing what he wants, using executive power.
- Trump has threatened Boeing, Ford, and numerous other companies with (unconstitutional) taxes to punish these specific companies for outsourcing. He said he would specifically target certain companies with a tax, which violates the 14th Amendment.
- Ironically, Trump outsources his clothing lines to be made in China. Would Trump tax himself?
– He is staunchly protectionist.
- He said: “We need fair trade. Not free trade.”
– He supports government-run healthcare.
- He said in September: “Everybody’s got to be covered. This is an un-Republican thing for me to say… the government’s gonna pay for it.”
European neo-fascists want to ban immigrants, limit free trade, force companies to follow nationalist policies, and limit speech from those they disagree with — sound familiar?
In Europe, left-wing means socialist and right-wing means authoritarian. They have few parties who are American-style conservatives who support small government. Both sides like big government, but just different kinds of big government.
Trump represents the same values as Europe’s right-wing parties which are now resurging.
But, those are neither American conservative values, nor the values of millennials — who value inclusiveness and compassion. No wonder Trump has approval ratings below 20 percent among millennial voters.
No wonder Trump would lose young voters to Hillary Clinton by massive margins, while other candidates, like Marco Rubio, compete closely with Clinton for that key demographic. Millennials don’t want an authoritarian who discriminates by race and religion, and wants to regulate the internet.
If Republicans who support Trump don’t wake up, this could cause the fracture of the two-party system and send millions of voters searching for a new home for their support.
Republicans, would you vote for @realDonaldTrump if he is the GOP nominee?
— Red Alert Politics (@RedAlert) February 29, 2016