dark plague of fascism engulfs American society

President Donald Trump complained Friday on Twitter that the media was giving more attention to a racist chant from his supporters than “the most vile and disgusting statements made by the three Radical Left Congresswomen.”

HUFFPOST

Under the reign of neoliberalism, the dark plague of fascism engulfs American society as the history of concentration camps disappear, the killing of intellectuals is forgotten and the terror of fascist violence evaporates in the spectacles of violence accompanied by anti-intellectual blabber and a rampant culture of forgetting. 

truth dig!

Even with a healthy economy and no new wars, he’s been unable to raise his approval ratings above the 45 percent or so that elected him. For all of the media’s insistence over the past few years that his victory was a result of “economic anxiety,” Trump himself knows better. He knows he can only replicate his 2016 fluke by activating the racist id of his following to its fullest in order to once again eke out a narrow Electoral College victory.

Salon

Donald Trump’s outburst of nativistic racism—viscerally and putridly displayed by his “go back” tweet-attack on four congresswomen of color, and the subsequent and shocking (even for Trump) “send her back” rally in North Carolina on Wednesday night—has been a clarifying moment. It seems the culmination of his years-long effort to fashion a politics of white identity, racial resentment, and hatred, even though a new bottom will likely be hit tomorrow, or the next day, or the following week. And Trump’s bigotry and demagoguery are in full public view, undeniably the lifeblood of the Republican Party. As Trump rants and fuels the flames of animus and malice, party operatives zap out emails attacking “deranged” Democrats and falsely asserting, “The socialist Democrats continue to make anti-Semitism a core tenet of their unhinged platform.” Trump is leading a crusade of fear, loathing, and lies, and preying on prejudice and ignorance. But our racist president didn’t reach this dangerous position on his own. He is following a path—and perhaps turning it into a superhighway—established long ago by the party he now helms. 

Mother Jones

We are deep in the Trump cycle of racist invective, in which the president says something offensive, waits for political allies to either quietly condemn the comments or embrace them with explanations of how they aren’t offensive, and then says something else egregious mere days later. It has continued apace.

Vox

On Wednesday night, Donald Trump’s spree of racism directed at four progressive congresswomen escalated into a “send her back” MAGA-rally chant directed at Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, who came to the U.S. as a Somali refugee at age 12. On Thursday, some GOP congressmen said that they felt Trump and the rally crowd in Greenville, North Carolina, had gone too far—sort of.

Slate

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough warned that President Donald Trump’s rally in North Carolina — and Sen. Lindsey Graham’s defense of the hateful language used there — had opened a dark chapter in U.S. history.

The “Morning Joe” host said the parallels with Nazi Germany were obvious, and he sounded the alarm over Graham’s comment that Trump wouldn’t want to send Somali refugees like Rep. Ilhan Omar back to their home country if they were wearing “Make America Great Again” hats.

Raw Story

The most commonly heard refrain when Donald Trump and the GOP were seeking to pass some version of corporate tax reform went something like this: There are literally trillions of dollars trapped in offshore dollar deposits which, because of America’s uncompetitive tax rates, cannot be brought back home. Cut the corporate tax rate and get those dollars repatriated, thereby unleashing a flood of new job-creating investment in the process. Or so the pitch went.

AlterNet

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