Trump and echoes of 1933

So many parallels. The cult of personality, requiring loyalty to the man not the state or party, the paranoia, the “crimes” of his opponents and the threats against them, the fear of the sycophants surrounding him, the personal isolation and lack of friends, the ignorance and misreading of world affairs, the impulsiveness and readiness to deploy arms, the xenophobia, the encouragement of minions to act against enemies to stifle dissent at rallies or polling places, the intemperate language, the legitimization of saying and doing things that the social contract has previously forbidden, the unending personal vendettas.

The damage Trump has done to this country’s prestige abroad is already huge. Win or lose, he’ll be making trouble at home for a long time.

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