Fascism is defined as "a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation, and often race, above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition." (Merriam-Webster)
Trump's campaign began with an attack on Mexicans and mobilized under the slogan of Make America Great Again. His early moves after his inauguration hold many of the hallmarks of fascism.
This page will track Trump's actions that tend toward fascism.
|2015.12.08||Trump says he might have supported Japanese Internment if he was alive at the time. time.com (See also 2016 Campaign, Asian Americans, Assaults on Civil Liberties)|
|2016.03.05||Trump directs a crowd of supporters to raise their right hands and asks them to "pledge" allegiance — not to the flag but to Trump. washingtonpost.com (See also 2016 Election)|
The supporters raised their arms en masse, evoking scenes from Nazi Germany.
|2016.12.03||Philippine Dictator who has been indiscriminately murdering thousands of accused "drug users" says Trump called and told him he was tackling drug problems 'the right way.' cnn.com (See also Presidential Transition)|
|2017.01.19||The military turns down a suggestion from Trump's team for tanks and missile launchers at the inaugural parade finance.yahoo.com (See also Presidential Transition)|
|2017.01.20||Trump strikes nationalistic tone in his inaugural address. wsj.com (See also Presidential Activity, Unprecedented Actions)|
Historians and speechwriters describe the speech as one of the most ominous inaugural addresses ever, reinforcing familiar campaign themes of American decline, in contrast to the inspirational speeches of his predecessors.
|2017.01.20||Trump's embraces use of "America First" slogan despite its long anti-Semitic and isolationist history. latimes.com (See also Jewish Americans, Anti-Semitism)|
|2017.01.21||Report says Trump gave CIA secret permission to carry out drone strikes. wsj.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.01.25||Trump signs an executive order on Sanctuary Cities that vaguely declares it illegal to "facilitate the presence of aliens." univision.com (See also Immigration, Immigrants, First 100 Days, Mexican Americans)|
This could mean helping undocumented immigrants now a crime under Trump.
|2017.02.01||"Trump: "If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view - NO FEDERAL FUNDS?" twitter.com (See also Education, Assaults on Facts, Censorship)|
Trump threatens University of California at Berkeley for allowing anti-Breitbart demonstration.
|2017.02.01||Trump Immigration Ban disrupts international research collaboration on public health and disease. scientificamerican.com (See also Unprecedented Actions, Social Issues, Nationalism, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
The ensuing damage to scientific collaboration puts the U.S. at risk, researchers say
|2017.02.07||Trump jokes about destroying the career of a Texas State Senator who introduced legislation a sheriff he met with opposes. cnbc.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.18||Trump delivers misstatements and exaggerations to enthusiastic believers in first rally of his 2020 campaign. nytimes.com (See also Nationalism, Attempts to Discredit Media, Assaults on Facts)|
|2017.02.22||The Trump administration issues new immigration policies with the goal of empowering agents to strictly enforce deportation laws. washingtonpost.com (See also Immigrants, Nationalism, Immigration)|
|2017.02.22||Trump's DHS Secretary, John Kelly, lays out aggressive guidance for vigorously pursuing illegal immigrants. cnn.com (See also Nationalism, Immigrants, Immigration, Department of Homeland Security)|
|2017.02.24||Hours after Trump criticizes as “fake news” organizations that publish anonymously sourced reports that reflect poorly on him, including those tying his associates to Russia, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer bars many major news organizations from a White House briefing. nytimes.com (See also Attempts to Discredit Media, Sean Spicer)|
|2017.03.10||Trump abruptly orders 46 Obama appointed Federal Prosecutors to resign. nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Department of Justice, Assaults on Government)|
The president told the holdover United States attorneys to tender their resignations immediately, including — surprisingly — Preet Bharara, the United States attorney in Manhattan.
|2017.04.06||Twitter files lawsuit after the The Department of Homeland Security demands they reveal the identity of several Twitter accounts posting information critical of Trump. variety.com (See also First 100 Days, John Kelly, Department of Homeland Security, Assaults on Civil Liberties)|
|2017.08.07||After Senator Richard Blumenthal voiced support on television for continuing the investigation into Russian meddling in last year's election, and expressed concern about the Justice Department’s increased focus on rooting out administration officials who leak information damaging to Trump, the President tweeted that the Senator was "a phony Vietnam con artist," and that "he cried like a baby." washingtonpost.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Russian Meddling in Election)|
|2017.08.07||Trump’s daughter-in-law is “running the show” at his Trump TV project funded by his reelection campaign. thedailybeast.com (See also Trump Family, Eric Trump, Assaults on Facts, Attempts to Discredit Media)|
The quasi-propaganda videos are made in Trump Tower, overseen by the president’s daughter-in-law, and using campaign cash to pay for them.
|2017.08.08||The Justice Department has reversed its position in a high-profile voting case in Ohio, siding with the state in its effort to purge thousands of people from its rolls for not voting in recent elections. washingtonpost.com (See also Department of Justice, Jeff Sessions)|
The move is part of a broader campaign by the Trump administration to support restrictions on who is eligible to vote, a radical change in philosophy from the previous Justice Department, which sued a number of states over voting laws that it deemed discriminatory against minorities.
|2017.08.10||About half of Republicans say they would support postponing the 2020 presidential election until the country can address large-scale voter fraud, which is not a problem in the United States. washingtonpost.com (See also False Statements, Assaults on Facts)|
A significant number of Republicans would support flagrant violations of democratic norms.
|2017.08.14||Web hoster DreamHost says it has been asked to hand over to the Justice Department more than 1.3 million IP addresses on visitors to a site that helped organize anti-Trump protests earlier this year. forbes.com (See also Department of Justice, Assaults on Civil Liberties)|
George Prochnik–The New Yorker
In his Feb. 6, 2017, article, Prochnik examines Stefan Zweig's thoughts on the rise of Fascism in Germany and wonders:
how far along the scale of moral degeneration Zweig would judge America to be in its current state. We have a magnetic leader, one who lies continually and remorselessly—not pathologically but strategically, to placate his opponents, to inflame the furies of his core constituency, and to foment chaos. The American people are confused and benumbed by a flood of fake news and misinformation. Reading in Zweig’s memoir how, during the years of Hitler’s rise to power, many well-meaning people “could not or did not wish to perceive that a new technique of conscious cynical amorality was at work,” it’s difficult not to think of our own present predicament. Last week, as Trump signed a drastic immigration ban that led to an outcry across the country and the world, then sought to mitigate those protests by small palliative measures and denials, I thought of one other crucial technique that Zweig identified in Hitler and his ministers: they introduced their most extreme measures gradually—strategically—in order to gauge how each new outrage was received. “Only a single pill at a time and then a moment of waiting to observe the effect of its strength, to see whether the world conscience would still digest the dose,” Zweig wrote. “The doses became progressively stronger until all Europe finally perished from them.”