Trumpism doesn't represent an ideological shift in U.S. policy and government. It's a vast tilt toward irrationality, a hyper-power in the grip of a political nervous breakdown.
Sasha Abramsky is a freelance journalist and author, whose most recent book is The House of Twenty Thousand Books; The American Way of Poverty http://www.amazon.com/The-House-Twenty-Thousand-Books/dp/1590178882 . He is the founder of the Voice of Poverty www.thevoicesofpoverty.org project.
It’s not possible to turn Trump’s toxic verbal spigot off. But it is possible, and necessary for American democracy, to deliver him a devastating rebuke on November 8th.
For years now, Republican leaders have shamelessly nurtured a neo-Fascist sensibility among their base, seeking their votes with evermore-extreme policy platforms, then belatedly withdrawing from those positions once in office.
Donald Trump's vicious public attacks have smashed the Republican 'deniability consensus' that's held since the civil rights era: Coded appeal to racial hatreds in, naked bigotry out.
Don’t be surprised at the violence at Trump’s rallies. His attraction to and incitement of an 'iron fist' rhetoric and policy isn’t incidental; it’s a core part of his project.
The Trump supporters I met see America in two dimensions: A white and a Christian nation. And they feel, finally, that their moment is at hand.