Yes, Donald Trump is crude, rude, elitist, sexist, racist, violent, disrespectful of the tradition of American democracy, and dismissive of his need to obey the law. Reasonable conservatives acknowledge these flaws in his personality, but they still are resistant to one idea: That Donald Trump is a totalitarian.
Today, this denial became impossible.
Today, Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America, declared that Democrats in Congress are “unAmerican” and have committed an act of treason – a crime for which a person can be put to death.
Why? The Democrats failed to clap a speech given by Donald Trump with sufficient vigor.
”The other side, even on positive news — really positive news, like that — they were like death and un-American. Un-American. Somebody said, ‘treasonous.’ I mean, yeah, I guess, why not? Can we call that treason? Why not? I mean, they certainly didn’t seem to love our country very much.”
It’s important to understand the gravity of what Trump is accusing Democrats of. The following is the definition of treason as provided by Merriam-Webster: ”The offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance or to kill or personally injure the sovereign or the sovereign’s family.”
For Trump, the accusation that certain Americans are not actually American isn’t just an isolated remark. It’s the core of his anti-immigrant, anti-black, anti-Hispanic, dreaming-of-Norwegian-immigrants-to-make-America-white-again, Nazi-coddling ideology.
Traditionally, the right of political dissent has been at the center of the American identity.
Today, Donald Trump declared that sycophantic applause and the suppression is the new essence of the American identity. He told us all that people who don’t clap for his speeches aren’t Americans, and are part of a disloyal conspiracy to overthrown the U.S. federal government.
That these two contentions are mutually exclusive doesn’t even occur to him. That’s another characteristic of totalitarian psychology: Autocratic political leaders are allowed to make statements that are blatantly illogical, and everybody else is supposed to follow along without regard to the absurdity. Zealous adherence to ideological absurdity, for totalitarians like Donald Trump, is a test of loyalty, and anyone who fails the test is deemed a traitor to the nation.
These statements are not an isolated mistake. They’re in accord with Donald Trump’s long record of promoting extremist right wing fascist politics.
We the people of the United States of America cannot allow the totalitarianism of Donald Trump to continue without response. It’s not about politics. It’s about democracy. Conservative Bill Kristol is encouraging a bipartisan congressional resolution to censure Donald Trump for this embrace of totalitarianism.
”Every American should be alarmed,” says the Democratic leader in the House of Representatives.
The alarm has been raised. Will you answer it?