A comparison was made by comedian Felonious Munk (real name Dennis Banks), between Donald Trump and fascist dictator Adolph Hitler.
Munk posted a series of tweets, based in part on the list of ‘Early warning signs of fascism’ in the US Holocaust Museum.
Powerful and continuing nationalism
Disdain for human rights
Identification of enemies as a unifying cause
Supremacy of the military
Controlled mass media
Obsession with national security
Religion and government intertwined
Corporate power protected
Labor [sic] power suppressed
Disdain for intellectuals & the arts
Obsession with crime & punishment
Rampant cronyism & corruption
With the list, Munk offered this challenge:
"Tell me you can’t check most if not all of these off."
Munk began his thread by making reference to the 2017 removal of Sally Q. Yates, the acting attorney general, and cabinet member in charge of the US department of justice.
Yates was fired by Trump after instructing her department not to defend the president’s controversial "Muslim travel ban" against legal challenges.
Munk likened the firing of Yates to a fascist action.
"Replacing officials who refuse to follow unlawful orders is another step towards blatant, outward, fully-realized fascism. It’s not hidden."
In 2017, just 100 days into Trump's presidency, he also stated he did not consider the Trump parallels, but intentional acts.
At the time, Munk also said, chillingly: “It’s not coming. It’s here.”
The list was retweeted over 118,000 times and liked over 160,000 times in 2017. And it's likely that many more people would agree today.
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