Escaping the “Mussolini moment”: Trump’s enablers and the banality of evil

Trump's heinous regime was enabled by a large cast of villains. We have to recognize that all of us enabled them


Salon: It started with a ride down an escalator in 2015, and escalated rapidly. From the first cries of “rapists” invading our country to dog whistles like “Stand back, stand by,” Donald Trump’s dangerous delusions of power and control brought this country to the brink of collapse, and everyone who allowed that to happen is an enabler and a collaborator.

From White House cronies and sycophants who shared in Trump’s power fantasies and deep contempt for large swaths of Americans, to his equally evil children and Republicans in the Senate led by Mitch McConnell, to America’s attorney general, to the doctors at Walter Reed who agreed to lie for the president and to sign non-disclosure agreements, thereby violating their Hippocratic oath, to the ICE bullies who separated infants and children from their parents and incarcerated them in cold, filthy camps, to the former heads of the CDC and FDA who caved after White House pressure, to irresponsible media moguls, they are all responsible for the terrifying threat of autocracy we faced, and the increase in violence that culminated at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Together, they are responsible for militias that felt emboldened in their militarism and for bad cops who mercilessly shoot to death Black and brown men and women. They are responsible for the resurgent KKK and groups like the Proud Boys. They are responsible for federal courts being packed with ultra-conservative lifetime judges, and a Supreme Court that saw the demure but deadly Any Comey Barrett added to its ranks. In short, they are responsible for the near-demise of democracy.  Read more…

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  1. I’ve always thought that in 2016, it was as much a failure of the Democratic Party, as it was a success of Trump. The Democratic leadership took the average working class voter for granted, as they promoted globalization, which resulted in lost manufacturing jobs and lower wages for many as the US shifted to a service economy. It was also expected that women would be overwhelmingly supportive of our first woman candidate for President, ignoring her comments like calling anyone who supported the opposition belonged to a “basket of deplorables.”
    Now that Biden has been inaugurated, it is my sincere hope that the media will stop with their constant Trump stories and focus on the much needed policies, such as infrastructure repair, that will create jobs.

  2. From a comment on the Salon story: “Probably within 20 years you’ll be hard pressed to find someone who says they voted for trump. I understand because I voted for Regan twice and its one of the few regrets I’ll take to my grave”. Let’s hope this bears out.

    • I know many smart old US citizens who admitted years later that they got conned by Reagan. This clown didn’t attract the type who would be smart enough to realize at some point that they fucked up.

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