I am the furthest from being a Trump supporter (or voter). I respectfully disagree with the author; he begins with the supposition that Trump is a Fascist, and proceeds to cherry pick examples that would “prove” the writer’s assumption.
Emile Gentile has presented the best checklist for Fascism — in fact it is the standard typically used by Historians. Check out Gentile’s list, summarized below, and decide for yourself if Trump fits the definition of a Fascist.
- A mass movement with multiclass membership, which bases its identity on a sense of comradeship; and aims to monopolize political power by using terror & parliamentary tactics to destroy democracy.
- Is anti-materialist, anti-individualist, anti-liberal, anti-democratic & anti-capitalist…and expresses itself through myths, rites and symbols as a lay religion.
- A culture founded on mystical thought and will to power.
- A nation as an ethnic and moral community, adopting measures of discrimination and persecution against those considered to be outside the community.
- A civil ethic founded on the total dedication to the national community, discipline, comradeship and the warrior spirit.
- A single state party that has the task of providing for the armed defense of the regime.
- A police apparatus that controls/prevents/represses opposition.
- A cult of personality type of political system organized around the figure of “The Leader.”
- A corporative organization of the economy that suppresses trade labor while broadening the sphere of state intervention.
- A foreign policy inspired by myth of national greatness, with the goa of imperialist expansion.
Above list from:
Payne, Stanley G. (1995). “A History of Fascism, 1914–1945.” University of Wisconsin Press.