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This is how fascism comes to America

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...........We’re supposed to believe that Trump’s support stems from economic stagnation or dislocation. Maybe some of it does. But what Trump offers his followers are not economic remedies — his proposals change daily. What he offers is an attitude, an aura of crude strength and machismo, a boasting disrespect for the niceties of the democratic culture that he claims, and his followers believe, has produced national weakness and incompetence. His incoherent and contradictory utterances have one thing in common: They provoke and play on feelings of resentment and disdain, intermingled with bits of fear, hatred and anger. His public discourse consists of attacking or ridiculing a wide range of “others” — Muslims, Hispanics, women, Chinese, Mexicans, Europeans, Arabs, immigrants, refugees — whom he depicts either as threats or as objects of derision. His program, such as it is, consists chiefly of promises to get tough with foreigners and people of nonwhite complexion. He will deport them, bar them, get them to knuckle under, make them pay up or make them shut up.

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...........what he has tapped into is what the founders most feared when they established the democratic republic: the popular passions unleashed, the “mobocracy.” Conservatives have been warning for decades about government suffocating liberty. But here is the other threat to liberty that Alexis de Tocqueville and the ancient philosophers warned about: that the people in a democracy, excited, angry and unconstrained, might run roughshod over even the institutions created to preserve their freedoms. As Alexander Hamilton watched the French Revolution unfold, he feared in America what he saw play out in France — that the unleashing of popular passions would lead not to greater democracy but to the arrival of a tyrant, riding to power on the shoulders of the people.


This is how fascism comes to America, not with jackboots and salutes (although there have been salutes, and a whiff of violence) but with a television huckster, a phony billionaire, a textbook egomaniac “tapping into” popular resentments and insecurities, and with an entire national political party — out of ambition or blind party loyalty, or simply out of fear — falling into line behind him.





https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/this-is-how-fascism-comes-to-america/2016/05/17/c4e32c58-1c47-11e6-8c7b-6931e66333e7_story.html?tid=ss_tw
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/this-is-how-fascism-comes-to-america/2016/05/17/c4e32c58-1c47-11e6-8c7b-6931e66333e7_story.html?tid=ss_tw

The media's latest Trump `narrative' is plainly wrong

05/18/16 12:45 PM--UPDATED 05/18/16 12:57 PM
By Steve Benen

Some of the political media establishment has apparently settled on a new "narrative": Donald Trump will appeal to Democrats by breaking with Republican orthodoxy and endorsing some progressive goals. It might be a compelling thesis, if it were in any way true.

The Washington Post got the ball rolling last week with a provocative, attention-getting headline: "How Donald Trump is running to the left of Hillary Clinton." As proof, the article noted, among other things, Trump's "America First" foreign policy, and his willingness to shift "to the left on the minimum wage and tax policy."

The problem, of course, is much of this is factually incorrect. Given its historical underpinnings, there's nothing liberal about Trump's "America First" vision, and the media hype surrounding Trump's purported shifts on the minimum wage and tax policy turned out to be completely wrong. The Post's entire thesis struggled under scrutiny.

And yet, there it was again in the New York Times yesterday.

On a range of issues, Mr. Trump seems to be taking a page from the Sanders playbook, expressing a willingness to increase the minimum wage, suggesting that the wealthy may pay higher taxes than under his original proposal, attacking Mrs. Clinton from the left on national security and Wall Street, and making clear that his opposition to free trade will be a centerpiece of his general election campaign.

As Mr. Trump lays the groundwork for his likely showdown with Mrs. Clinton, he is staking out a series of populist positions that could help him woo working-class Democrats in November.



Again, if these observations were rooted in fact, the thesis might have merit, but it's important not to fall for shallow hype and bogus narratives. Trump did not endorse a minimum-wage hike; he actually said there shouldn't be a federal minimum wage at all. He did not call for higher taxes on the wealthy; he proposed literally the exact opposite.

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/the-medias-latest-trump-narrative-plainly-wrong

P O S E R

Possible Trump Supreme Court Pick Has Mocked Him on Twitter (Including a Trump haiku)

Meet Texas state Supreme Court Justice Don Willett.

Notably, Justice Willett has repeatedly mocked Mr. Trump and his presidential aspirations on his Twitter account, including a June 2015 posting in which he wrote:






http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/05/don-willett-donald-trump-tweets

and this one:


Justice Don Willett‏@JusticeWillett

Trump to "the evangelicals"—

"I'll be the best thing that's ever happened to them."

ps—Happy Easter, everyone!
/


https://twitter.com/JusticeWillett/status/707395276206542849?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/19/us/politics/donald-trump-supreme-court-nominees.html



Trump to Kelly: 'You’ve been called a lot worse' than bimbo

“Bimbo?” Kelly asked, referring to tweets that had appeared on Trump's Twitter timeline calling her a bimbo.

“Well that was a retweet, yeah. Did I say that?” Trump asked.

“Many times,” Kelly said.

“Oh, okay excuse me,” Trump said. “Not the most horrible thing … Over your life Megyn, you’ve been called a lot worse. Isn’t that right? Wouldn’t you say?”


http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/05/17/trump-kelly-youve-been-called-lot-worse-than-bimbo/84519608/

Trump University Honor Students


https://www.facebook.com/makecommonsensecommon/

Bagley Cartoon: Dogpatch, Utah


https://twitter.com/Patbagley/status/732705983416274944

‘People don’t realize how handsome I am!’



Back in 2004, a model named Victoria Zdrok gave an interview to a guy named Chaunce Hayden. In it, she detailed the way that Donald Trump had called up her bosses at Playboy and requested to meet her…”First of all, he’s really arrogant. He’s really into himself! On a date all he does is talk about himself. He loves himself! The first thing he says to me on our date is that he’s taller and better looking than what he looks like in pictures, and that people don’t realize it. He said, ‘People don’t realize how handsome I am!’”…Naturally, Trump wasn’t too excited to hear that this interview would be coming out…He called Hayden himself and said, “(Zdrok) looks like a fucking third-rate hooker. Gimme a break. I never took her out. She’s full of shit. Chaunce, look, I have good taste in women. Take a look at her picture. It’s all bullshit. I never took her out …I never took her out, and based on that picture I would never take her out. She’s not even attractive, she’s not a good-looking girl… Who the hell wants a Penthouse Pet? Penthouse is gone, it’s bankrupt, it’s over.”

and yes, I will keep cutting & pasting Trump's shit everywhere I can:
Audio & more:
http://www.mediaite.com/online/audio-of-donald-trump-saying-model-looks-like-a-third-rate-hooker-resurfaces/

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1. It’s old news because everyone knows Trump treats women badly?
In Just One Day, Fox News Offered 15 Different Excuses For Trump’s Disgusting Treatment Of Women
http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2016/05/17/3778863/1-day-15-different-excuses-donald-trumps-mistreatment-women-fox-news/

Remember the a-LOO-mo?

Dan Patrick is not just any homophobic schmuck — he’s the Lieutenant Governor of the state of Texas.

Dan PatrickVerified account
‏@DanPatrick
Texas will not give in to President Obama's attacks on our values


https://twitter.com/DanPatrick/status/732560810094956544
https://www.balloon-juice.com/2016/05/18/late-night-clown-shoe-open-thread-everythings-bigger-in-texas/

My husband isn't Hitler either



Melania Trump also said Donald Trump shares no similarity with Nazi leader Adolf Hitler after proposing a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S.

“We know the truth,” she said of the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee. "He’s not Hitler. He wants to help America. He wants to unite people. They think he doesn’t, but he does.

“Even with the Muslims, it’s only temporary,” Melania Trump added. "Maybe he need to say it in a softer way. He doesn’t go after religions.

“He feels like we need to know who’s coming into this country. If not, we don’t have a country. That’s how he feels. We see how he is, and he wants to unite the country and bring people together and bring jobs back."


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http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/280196-melania-trump-unbelievable-chris-matthews-commented-on-me
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