Donald Trump’s fascist tendencies have been obvious from the day he began his campaign for the White House. Of particular concern to commentators across the political spectrum has been his open and aggressive contempt for the press. And now, in a move reminiscent of 20th-century fascists, he has openly endorsed violence against a journalist.
“My kind of guy”
On 18 October, Trump heaped praise on a congressman from Montana who assaulted a journalist last year. Speaking at a rally in state’s capital, Missoula, Trump described Greg Gianforte, who represents the state in the US Congress, as a “great guy” and “tough cookie”. He said: