Fascist rhetoric is “just talk” but anti-fascist rhetoric is unconscionable.
In the last week alone, Trump has accused the New York Times of “a virtual act of treason,” while repeating his description of non-party-controlled media as the “enemy of the people.” He has mused that “the people would demand” he stay in office past a second term, and claimed Congress cannot legally impeach him. Defending his right to fire any Executive branch official, even one investigating crimes by him or his associates, Trump casually stated he runs “the country.” (“A president can run the country. And that’s what happened, George. I run the country, and I run it well.”) Normally conservatives would place enormous weight on the distinction between running the Executive branch of the federal government — or even, more expansively, the government — and running the country. Because four years of Trumpian demagogic slanders have numbed everybody’s senses, this comment, like all the others, passed by with hardly any objection.
President Donald Trump lashed out at The New York Times on Saturday for a report that the United States has been increasing its cyber-intrusions into Russia, escalating tensions between the two countries. The Times reported that the United States has increased measures to penetrate Russia’s power grid as a message to Moscow to stay out of American cyber infrastructure.