"This is how fascism comes to America
The Republican Party’s attempt to treat Donald Trump as a normal political candidate would be laughable were it not so perilous to the republic. If only he would mouth the party’s “conservative” principles, all would be well.
But of course the entire Trump phenomenon has nothing to do with policy or ideology. It has nothing to do with the Republican Party, either, except in its historic role as incubator of this singular threat to our democracy...This phenomenon has arisen in other democratic and quasi-democratic countries over the past century, and it has generally been called “fascism.”
I suggest strongly that you read the whole thing.
I hope it is not too much in the way of self-promotion to point out that I have been saying this same thing as long as this blog has existed, and for a couple of decades before that. At least since the time of Reagan, it has been clear to me that the end game of Republican politics is fascism. And I am hardly the only one. You only need to read many blogs like that of Driftglass, or listen to the Thom Hartmann show, to know that many of us have seen this coming for a long time.
And here is the scary part: Just defeating Trump will not end this threat. The Republican party has nothing to exist upon any more than fear, hatred and greed, so they will keep stoking them, regardless of the looming wreck ahead. And some day, their efforts may very well bear fruit, and the United States, the country that was different, the country that, for a century was a shining example to the world, will join Rome and Greece and Egypt of the Pharaohs as just another dream of the past, washed away in a sea of blood.