How Are Trump And His MAGA Movement ‘Fascist’?

A Facebook user asked me, as below, how I define Trump / MAGA fascism, because people use such terms to label politicians and politicians that they do not like. I was a Trump voter both 2016 and 2020 primary and general elections. I never have liked him as a person, but I voted for him because I supported a secure border. Others activists said that I had to vote for him, because he is the only candidate saying he would secure the border, so I did.

Jerry W Price (Facebook) Please define what you mean by MAGA Fascism. Fascism has become a catch-all word for people having ideas or policies you do not like. {Fascism, Socialism, Naziism, and Communism all call for total government and total control of the economy.}

I began to consider Trump literally fascist, due to his response after the 2020 election and his inspiration of the attack on Congress on January 6, 2021. I believe he fits the definition of a “fascist” as highlighted below in the way that he tries to autocratically control the Republican party absolutely and punish those who just have different opinions. He would extend his control to the entire government if given the chance.

If he were to be able to gain sufficient control, I believe he would become a true, fascist, national ruler. I do not believe our constitutional system or the American people would allow that, but I am convinced that he would if he could.

His movement is fascist, because the ultra nationalistic hardcore at least follows him without any question or criticism. I think most of his followers are just following him blindly and do not realize the implications of it.

Definition of Fascism

Trump fits the definition of fascism. as in section 2b below in his attempt to control the Republican party and vindictively punish any candidate, who criticized him or his policies.

fas·cism:

  1 The principles of the Fascisti; also : the movement or governmental regime embodying their principles   

2a: any program for setting up a centralized autocratic national regime with severely nationalistic policies, exercising regimentation of industry, commerce, and finance, rigid censorship, and forcible suppression of opposition  

2b: any tendency toward or actual exercise of severe autocratic or dictatorial control (as over others within an organization)

Merriam-Webster. Webster’s Third New International Dictionary Unabridged, Kindle Edition.

Definition of Autocrat

Trump has largely been successful in his attempt to rule the Republican party with absolute power as in section 1:b below.

au·to·crat: 
1a: a monarch ruling with unlimited authority  1b: a governor with absolute power    

2: one who rules with undisputed sway in any relationship

Merriam-Webster. Webster’s Third New International Dictionary Unabridged, Kindle Edition.

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