A judge is killed in his own driveway. Judges, politicians, poll workers threatened with violence...
Welcome to the MAGA style of politics. Take a look at ten forms of threats and intimidation with this interactive infographic. Click on any image for more details.
"Ours is the age of the strongman, of heads of state who destroy democracy use masculinity as a tool of political legitimacy, and promise law and order rule – and then legitimize lawless behavior by financial, sexual, and other predators." - Strongmen Mussolini To The Present by Ruth Ben-Ghiat
Violence and demonization of immigrants
Ben-Ghiat makes a convincing argument for including Trump when laying out the specifics of his corruption... It is in fact aberrant to see a son-in-law enriching himself at taxpayer expense, or to watch the Trump Organization’s coffers fill, golf outing by golf outing, with the aid of the Secret Service.
As Ben-Ghiat shows, such self-enrichment is more in line with a Gaddafi or a Mussolini than a transparent or accountable democratic leader. Trump’s violence, too, is laid out chillingly: “In the tradition of the fascists, Trump uses his rallies to train his followers to see violence in a positive light,” she writes of his frequent exhortations to violence and demonization of immigrants at these spectacles." - Washington Post
What Putin and Trump have in common
From Mussolini to Putin, authoritarian demagogues of the past century have followed a blueprint that has been unnervingly replicated by Trump as President of the United States. These so-called "strongmen" use masculinity as a symbol of strength, emphasize "law and order" while simultaneously legitimizing lawbreaking, and prioritize self-interest over the public good. They systematically weaken critical institutions and erode political norms, employ propaganda, corruption and violence to achieve their goals and maintain control, and ultimately evade a peaceful transfer of power. - Texas Public Radio
TakeAway: Protect democracy and the rule of law. Vote for Democrats.
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