Big Lie #3: “Trump Is A Fascist/Hitler/Dictator/Monster/White Supremacist” is the Big Lie of longest duration wielded against Donald Trump, since it arose early in the 2016 campaign, before Trump had been nominated. It’s a framing lie, designed to color everything he does or says within an established bias. If there is some interpretation of his words, however far-fetched, that can be used to support the premise that Trump is a fascist/Hitler/dictator/monster/white supremacist, it will be. #3 is also useful for spreading fear and hate. It is a direct cognitive dissonance ploy: on the cognitive dissonance scale,
…all of those labels are about as low as they can be in the value systems of most Americans. Linking any individual to them, even a President, effectively pulls his positive rations down without evidence or support.
#3 is a traditional anti-conservative, anti-Republican lie, and is distinguished in Trump’s case only by the fury and persistence with which it has been used by Democrats and progressives. President Roosevelt, in his 1944 State of the Union address, described Republican policies in the 1920s as “the spirit of fascism:”
His successor, Harry Truman, warned that a Thomas Dewey victory in 1948 would bring a fascistic threat to American freedom even more dangerous than the perils from communism. In 1964, Walter Cronkite suggested on the CBS Evening News insinuated that Goldwater (an advocate of small government whose father was Jewish) was a Nazi, as Cronkite biographer Douglas Brinkley noted 2012. Nixon, of course, was often called a fascist for his administration’s dedication to “law and order,” also called “enforcing the laws.” He was an early recipient of the “Worst Nazi President Ever” award for opening diplomatic channels with Red China.
A Democratic congressman accused President Ronald Reagan of “trying to replace the Bill of Rights with fascist precepts lifted verbatim from ‘Mein Kampf.’ ” MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann’s pronounced President George W. Bush as a “fascist” in 2008. Even Senator John McCain, later beloved by the “resistance” for his petty and destructive personal vendetta against the President, was called a fascist when he was running against Barack Obama (who was himself labeled a fascist by conservative pundit Mark Levin). Even nice, mild, Mitt Romney was a nascent fascist according to Watergate has-been Carl Bernstein, who wrote in 2012 that “today’s Republican Party (and its Tea Party wing) represent the first bona fide radical political party to rise to dominance in Washington in nearly 100 years.”
One would think that the “Boy Who Cried Wolf” principle would kick in after 70 years or so, but today’s political audiences are like the short-term memory amnesiacs in “The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat.” As George Orwell observed, “The word Fascism has now no meaning except in so far as it signifies ‘something not desirable’.” Comparing another limited government, pro-Jewish state Republican to Hitler should be embarrassing to the wielders of Big Lie #3, but it isn’t, in part because the slander has been bolstered by the mainstream media’s alliance with “the resistance,”
It began from the day Trump announced his candidacy, unequivocally condemning illegal immigration as it should be condemned. This was quickly spun into anti-brown bias (Trump has never suggested that America’s interest in not allowing law-breakers to breach the borders has anything to do with race), and Trump’s endorsement of deportation of law-breaking non-citizens was (shamefully) conflated by Democratic demagogues with Hitler’s deporting, imprisoning and liquidating law abiding Jewish citizens. Oh, never mind, close enough—if one’s goal is to falsely impugn legitimate governing principles as evil. The “Trump is Hitler” lie has recently been embraced by the spectacularly irresponsible and ignorant Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, who blithely ignores the fact that Trump’s detention centers on the Southern border are no different from those used by Clinton, Bush and Obama.
Not only has Big Lie #3 been unethically employed to frighten and mislead the public while “otherizing” the President of the United States—you can’t be more un-American than Hitler, after all— it is being used to justify stifling political discourse by Trump’s supporters. Ravelry, a KNITTING website, just announced that “We are banning support of Donald Trump and his administration on Ravelry.” The ban includes “support in the form of forum posts, projects, patterns, profiles, and all other content.” The company assures users that if they get booted from the site for supporting Trump, “we will make sure that you have access to your data.” “We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy. Support of the Trump administration is undeniably support for white supremacy,” the site explains.
One word: Bonkers.
There is not, nor has there ever been, any evidence, event or statement by the President that suggested his support for white supremancy. Indeed, his statements have indicated the opposite.
I won’t elaborate so I can hand his or her head to the first commenter who falsely claims that the President called the Neo-Nazis in Charlottesville “fine people.” Oh, all right, I’ll hand their heads to them now. Here’s the exact quote:
“Excuse me, they didn’t put themselves down as neo-Nazis, and you had some very bad people in that group. But you also had people that were very fine people on both sides. You had people in that group – excuse me, excuse me, I saw the same pictures you did. You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name…. I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and white nationalists because they should be condemned totally.”
For the record, I might join a protest against taking down a statue of Robert E. Lee (or George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Woodrow Wilson—oh heck, even Martin Luther King)and I know that I’m a very fine person.
British commentator Lionel Shriver has pointed out that like “fascist,” the white supremacy accusation has lost all meaning from indiscriminate use. He writes,
“… [A] guest commentator on Sky News sputtered that Donald Trump has ‘normalised white supremacy’….Welcome to the world of impotent hyperbole. That dig about white supremacy is a good example of contemporary word inflation, in some ways worse than what’s happened to grades. (The fetishistic lefty resort to normalise deserves parsing as well: the verb seems to decode ‘Maybe it’s not strictly illegal yet but we don’t like it, so it should be illegal’.) Now that white supremacist no longer refers specifically to Anglo-Saxons who proudly believe their race is superior, the term means nothing..”
Well, it means you should blindly hate your President. Like the rest of Big Lie #3, that’s its purpose.