Buyer’s remorse is an anxiety-caused condition recognized as a person experiencing regret after investing their hard-earned money into a less-than-desirable or faulty product. To hear most of the Republicans running for the presidential nomination, it is glaringly obvious that they are in the initial stages of buyer’s remorse after heavily-investing in fear and hate-mongering for six straight years and getting a faulty product in poll-leading Donald Trump. Trump has nothing novel for a converted extremist Republican, but he is the first Republican to openly broadcast and embrace the well-conditioned teabagger-type mindset. Make no mistake, every last utterance from Trump’s fascist mouth is succor to the angry hateful Americans the GOP created since Barack Obama has been in office.
Although Donald Trump went to college to learn real estate, he must have spent an inordinate amount of time studying Nazi Germany in general and Adolf Hitler’s method of incitement against European Jews and East Germany’s dreaded “Stasi” secret police. A couple of Americans are likely aware that Trump already proffered a mandatory national registry for Americans practicing Islam, and government (secret police) surveillance of the nation’s mosques. To demonstrate that he is well aware the Nazi and Stasi practice of involving the population at large as spies to targeting “undesirables,” Trump told an audience he wants them to start spying on, and reporting to the authorities, their neighbors. Any American who doubts that Trump, by way of a six year GOP conditioning project, is not using the GOP fear, hate, and anger mongering to advance his fascism is likely white, evangelical, angry, racist and an avid Trump supporter.
During a rally in South Carolina on Tuesday, Trump told supporter that besides forcing American Muslims to register according because they are Muslims, and tasking the NSA, FBI, CIA, and local law enforcement to start heavily monitoring Islamic communities and mosques, that it was up to every American to start monitoring their neighbors. Trump said,
“That’s the best way. Everybody’s their own cop in a way. You’ve got to do it. You’ve got to do it. The real greatest resource is all of you, because you have all those eyes and you see what’s happening. People move into a house a block down the road, you know who’s going in. You can see and you report them to the local police. You’re pretty smart, right? We know if there’s something going on, report them. Most likely you’ll be wrong, but that’s OK.”
Notice that Trump did not single out Muslims and Americans of Middle Eastern descent in that set of remarks? One just has to harken back over the past six years to comprehend Trump wants Americans to spy on and report Hispanic and African Americans as well as those who appear Middle Eastern. Trump began his campaign targeting Mexican Americans and Latino immigrants, and recently shifted his attention to assailing African Americans, so in calling on his supporters to surveil and report on their neighbors was to include non-white Americans.
Trump also condemned President Obama for not following the Nazi practice of monitoring the nation’s Islamic worship centers and Muslim communities. He said, “Why is President Obama so empathetic on not solving the problem? There’s something going on in the mosques and other places. There’s some nastiness, there’s some meanness there.” It is noteworthy that Trump received wild applause in calling for citizen-spies and one wonders how long before he calls for violent intervention instead of just spying and reporting; he did say “You’re pretty smart, right? We know there’s something going on.”
What is disgusting is listening to Republicans call out Trump’s fascist propositions as if they are surprised he is reaping support from the six year-long propaganda campaign against non-white non-Christian Americans. Republicans have been fear-mongering about African Americans, immigrants, Hispanic Americans, and Muslims long before Donald Trump began giving serious consideration to running for president, and now they are having buyers’ remorse and calling Trump a fascist.
At CNN, MJ Lee said, “After Trump started calling for stronger surveillance of Muslim-Americans, a handful of conservatives ventured to call Trump’s rhetoric something dangerous: fascism.” CNN’s Lee interviewed various historical scholars who all say that to one degree or another “Trump is, indeed, fascistic if not what we used to call a total fascist.”
A very “conservative fellow” at the Council on Foreign Republican and Marco Rubio advisor said, “Trump is a fascist. And that’s not a term I use loosely or often. But he’s earned it.”
Jeb Bush’s national security advisor, John Noonan wrote that “Forced federal registration of US citizens, based on religious identity, is fascism. Period. Nothing else to call it,”
and Steve Deace, a conservative radio host in Iowa said that, “If Obama proposed the same religion registry as Trump every conservative in the country would call it what it is — creeping fascism.”
It is true, Trump is a fascist, but so are Republicans, their owners the Koch brothers, and the millions of angry white racist evangelicals and the Tea Party the conservative movement has spent six years whipping into frenzied rage toward any and everything they regard as un-American; and it is a big “everything.”
At this juncture, there is nothing Republicans can do, or say, to stop Trump’s fascist hate-mongering because it is working precisely as Republicans intended. A significant number of Americans are so angry, so racist, so religious, and so full of abject hate and rage for other Americans and Donald Trump is reaping their electoral support. The truly sad commentary is that Republicans are not upset, or disagree with, everything Trump says, just that he is benefitting from their six-year investment and exposing the Party for its concept of American governance; blatant fascism.