Donald Trump is fascinated by dictators. He even went to bed with a copy of Mein Kampf on his night table:
Two traits have historically marked off European-style fascism from more homegrown American traditions of illiberalism: contempt for legality and the cult of violence. Presidential-era Trumpism operated through at least the forms of law. Presidential-era Trumpism glorified military power, not mob attacks on government institutions. Post-presidentially, those past inhibitions are fast dissolving. The conversion of Ashli Babbitt into a martyr, a sort of American Horst Wessel, expresses the transformation. Through 2020, Trump had endorsed deadly force against lawbreakers: “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” he tweeted on May 29, 2020. Babbitt broke the law too, but not to steal a TV. She was killed as she tried to disrupt the constitutional order, to prevent the formalization of the results of a democratic election.
"I think it would be hard if George Washington came back from the dead and he chose Abraham Lincoln as his vice-president, I think it would have been very hard for them to beat me," Trump told them, according to the Guardian.
So why hasn't Trump himself been charged?
A witness in the New York investigation against the Trump Organization has told prosecutors that Donald Trump personally guaranteed he would cover school costs for the family members of two employees in lieu of a raise—directly implicating the former president in an ongoing criminal tax fraud case.
Trump says he might be 'the greatest star maker of all time' but some of his stars 'are actually made of garbage'
Takes one to know one:
In a statement on Thursday, former President Donald Trump called out former White House aides who have been agreeing to book interviews.
Under Donald Trump America has become isolated. We are not feared by our enemies and friends don't trust us. In fact, one of those enemies happens to control the occupant in the White House. That is a recipe for disaster. An America does not stand for peace and democracy is one that allows tyranny, fascism, and chaos to prevail. We saw what happened in the 1920s when isolationism America allowed the rise of fascism. Eventually that led to the attack by the Japanese and war with Hitler. We are seeing it again. This time fascism controls America. The result could be worse than what occurred almost 100 years ago.
The attack on Iran is not only not supported by our allies but will makes us a target for terrorists:
President Donald Trump’s decision to eliminate Iranian general Qassim Suleimani could have far-reaching consequences that are difficult to appreciate in the short term. And one example is already being seen in Africa.
The former Secretary of State under Obama, John Kerry, got it right:
Kerry then argued that Trump "has isolated America and taken us backwards in terms of institutions that were structured ever since World War II to bring the world together." Continuing his criticism of the president, the former secretary pointed to Trump's willingness to accept Russian President Vladimir Putin's denial of election interference over that of his own intelligence agencies. "That's a moment of shame," he said.
Remember the last time Trump hosted Lavrov. It was right after he fired James Comey as FBI director:
When Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov last visited the White House, President Trump had just fired his then-FBI director, James Comey. At the time, Trump bragged it would remove pressure related to an investigation into whether his campaign had ties to Moscow. But instead, it had the opposite effect, fanning the political flames over his Russia policy.
There goes the conspiracy theory:
Shocking precisely no one who has been paying attention to the facts, the IG report finds in broad strokes that the FBI’s investigation of Trump’s campaign in 2016 was properly predicated, opened under correct evidentiary procedures, and conducted lawfully. Horowitz did find at least 17 violations of various Justice Department procedures—relating to FISA surveillance applications for Trump campaign adviser Carter Page—but nothing that would give credence to the Trump's long-running grievance that the entirety of the US government was out to get him in 2016.
It is no longer a theory that the Republican party is working on behalf of the Kremlin. They know it. But they are under orders to defend Trump no matter what. At this rate can we trust the GOP and Putin won't try to steal the next election for Trump as they did in 2016?
Sen. Kennedy isn’t concerned about being duped, because he knows that he is pushing Russian propaganda. Trump’s entire impeachment defense comes down to a conspiracy theory that fulfills Putin’s goals of smearing Ukraine, and giving Russia a cover story for their attacks on US elections.