Broughton writes Trump’s ‘words and actions declare fascism’


Letter to the Editor

To the editor:

Ed Fitzhenry’s Sept. 6 defense of President Donald Trump and his denial of the obvious is both humorous and concerning. Is it necessary that Trump wear a sign declaring that he is a fascist? His words and actions fervently declare his fascist philosophy.

Webster defines fascism as a “political philosophy, movement or regime” whose autocratic leader seeks to impose dictatorial control over the masses. Trump has had a lifetime of dictatorial control over Trump Enterprises, so his dictator/president role is comfortable.

Thus he openly embraces other dictators like Vladimir Putin, and shows his derriere to America’s friends. And Republicans continue to enable Trump’s autocratic behavior.

As to the Hitler comparison: Adolf Hitler was the democratically elected chancellor of Germany in 1933. Germany’s democracy collapsed in 1934 when Germany’s political elite failed to challenge Hitler’s “takeover” of German government.

When juxtaposed, Trump’s moronic babble and arrogant behavior, as well as the failure of our Republican-controlled Congress to rein Trump in, are eerily similar to Hitler’s path to dictatorship in 1934. And Republicans continue to whistle “God Bless America” as they pass the graveyard.

Fitzhenry touts that 119 million Americans voted “freely and without fear” in the 2016 election, so America couldn’t possibly be on the road to dictatorship. Really? In that election, Trump, the loser of the popular vote, received three million fewer votes than Hillary Clinton. He won with electoral votes. Is our democratic process really working when the “loser” wins the election?

Michael K. Broughton
Green Park
Editor’s note: Michael K. Broughton is a Green Park Ward 1 alderman.