This is Fascistic
Another sad data point about current politics.
Via CNN I would note the following: Judge and clerk in Trump civil fraud trial have received hundreds of ‘serious and credible’ threats.
Since October 3, when Trump posted on social media a baseless allegation about Judge Arthur Engoron’s law clerk, threats against the judge “increased exponentially” and were also directed to his clerk, according to Charles Hollon, a court officer-captain in New York assigned to the Judicial Threats Assessment unit of the Department of Public Safety, who signed a sworn statement.
Hollon said the threats against the judge and his clerk are “considered to be serious and credible and not hypothetical or speculative.”
Hollon said Engoron’s law clerk has received 20-30 calls per day to her personal cell phone and 30-50 messages daily on social media platforms and two personal email addresses.
On a daily basis, he said, the judge and his staff receive hundreds of harassing and threatening phone calls, email and voicemail messages such that security staff are “having to constantly reassess and evaluate what security protections to put in place to ensure the safety of the judge and those around him.”
There is little doubt that this is happening because Trump is purposefully, and continually, trying to rile up his supporters. He knows full well what he is doing.
Trying to mobilize group violence against the legal system of the federal government is dangerous, irresponsible, and let’s call it what it specifically is: fascistic.
We see here several classic fascist elements: the primacy of the leader, the feelings of victimhood, the notion of us v. them, and the exultation of violence.
That random people might engage in threatening calls is not the main issue here. The main issue is that a former president, seeking to be president again, is very much stirring up such people and behavior on purpose.
This makes me think of various bits of testimony from the January 6th Hearings, such as the following:
Then President Donald Trump was frustrated that metal detectors were slowing down armed people from entering a rally of his supporters on January 6, 2021, according to former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, who recalled Trump demanding the metal detectors be removed because he believed the crowd was “not there to hurt me.”
It also reminds me of the numerous times that Trump has celebrated violence. See examples in this post, Radicalizing Rhetoric and this one from the late Doug Mataconis, Trump Praises House Candidate For Assaulting Reporter.
We ignore, downplay, or recategorize all of this at our own peril.
More on this topic from me:
- From 2015, which includes definitions: Trump and Fascism.
- From 2020: Trump and the F-word (see also: The Politics of Images).
- From 2022: A Fascistic and Authoritarian Response.
Also, I would note this post from Kingdaddy: Fascism Is A Nationalist Aesthetic Movement.