Newell - Is Donald Trump a Fascist?

April 4, 2019

In a recent column for The Washington Post, “This is How Fascism Comes to America,” Brookings Institution Fellow Robert Kagan likens Donald Trump and his followers to previous Fascist movements including National Socialism and the followers of Benito Mussolini. While I appreciate the passion of this piece and can understand anyone’s misgivings about Mr. Trump, I think it cheapens the currency of the word “Fascism” as a term of condemnation to apply it to someone who is a xenophobe, isolationist and protectionist, but nothing more than that. There are precedents far closer to home — Andrew Jackson, George Wallace — without recourse to such an exaggeration....



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