What’s notable about Trump’s supporters is . . . their intense
loyalty. Trump is their man, however inarticulate they are when
explaining why. He’s tough, he’s real, and they’ve got his back,
especially when he is attacked by all the people they have come to
despise: liberal Democrats and traditional Republicans. . . No modern politician who
has come this close to the presidency has championed violence in this
. . . Those who believe that Trump’s ugly, thuggish populism has no
chance of ever making it to the White House seem to me to be missing
this dynamic. Neo-fascist movements do not advance gradually by
persuasion; they first transform the terms of the debate, create a new
movement based on untrammeled emotion, take over existing institutions,
and then ruthlessly exploit events.
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