Is Trump a fascist? Let’s take a look. During the second presidential debate the Republican nominee stated that if he were to win the election, he would “instruct the attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into [Hillary’s] situation because there’s been so many lies, so much deception” and told the former Secretary of State that she would be in jail.
Merriam-Webster defines fascism 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.” Imprisoning your political opponent is textbook fascism and the sheer idea that one of our major party candidates would even say that he would put his opposition in prison is shocking to me and makes me fear an America under a Trump regime.
Apparently, however, Trump decided he had not made it sufficiently clear how little he respects democracy. In the third presidential debate, which occurred last Wednesday, October 19th, when asked by moderator Chris Wallace if he would accept the results of the election, Trump responded that he “will look at it at the time.” In the words of Hillary Clinton, that is horrifying. Since our nation’s founding there has always been a peaceful transfer of power and that is one of the reasons why the United States is regarded as the democratic gold standard. To refuse to accept the results of the election would not only be unprecedented, it would be un-American.
Fascism aside, let’s review the real issues and our candidates’ responses. For his second question of the night, Wallace asked whether the candidates wanted to see the courts overturn Roe v. Wade. Hillary responded that she was going to defend women’s rights and argued that the states are purposefully putting strict regulations in place to prevent women from receiving services and criticized the defunding of Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides not only abortions but also provides vaccines and conducts cancer screenings among other things.
Trump, in typical outrageous fashion, asserted that he is adamantly pro-life and that Roe v. Wade is allowing for babies to be ripped out of their mothers wombs and aborted days before birth. Just to clarify, this is not true. There are no ninth month abortions.
It appears that in such a desperate attempt to win the evangelical vote Trump forgot that politicians are supposed to tell the truth. But then again, Trump isn’t a politician, just an idiot.
One of the most powerful moments of the debate, in my opinion, is when Chris Wallace addressed the question of Trump’s fitness to be president in light of the nine women who have come forward accusing Trump of sexual assault and a recording of him claiming to grope women without consent. Trump, rather than accept responsibility for his action, accused Hillary’s campaign for being behind the accusations and denied all responsibility and blame.
Hillary, in response, listed off countless examples of Trump’s denigration towards women, declaring that Trump belittles women and attacks their dignity. Anybody could see that in this debate, Hillary appeared to be the champion of women, while Trump on the opposite side of the spectrum appeared sexist and controlling of women’s bodies.
Overall, I believe that Hillary knocked this debate out of the park. I must concede, however, that this was Trump’s best debate; that is, until he reverted back to interrupting Hillary to continuously repeat “Wrong!” into his microphone and calling her a “nasty woman,” even creating his own new word: bigly.
For all of Trump’s faults, however, I must admit that I owe him my gratitude. Thank you, Donald Trump, for handing over this election to the Democrats. There are eighteen days until Election Day and (knock on wood) it seems to me that there is no way that Hillary Clinton won’t win this election. In fact, you have single-handedly helped Democrats across the country in their fight to reclaim congressional seats back to the Democratic Party.
Furthermore, you have exposed a huge problem in our nation. You and your large supporting have shown the country that racism, sexism, xenophobia, and homophobia are still all too real and these are issues that as a nation we need to come together to fix.
So I beg of you, please accept the results of the election with grace so that we can move forward on our pathway to creating a more perfect union.