CNN political commentator Sally Kohn on Wednesday said that “fascism” was most appropriate word to describe Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s vision for American.
“We might be at the point that I might weep on national television,” Kohn explained CNN host Ashleigh Banfield. “This is not funny anymore.”
“When you have a candidate that continues to say the same sort of demagogic things he’s saying and his support is maintained, and when you see a Black Lives Matter protester beaten during one of his rallies — and he said maybe he deserved to be roughed up — when a homeless immigrant is beaten by Trump supporters and Trump doesn’t condemn that but says, in fact, ‘Well, my people are passionate,’ there’s a word for this.”
“It’s fascism,” Kohn pointed out. “And people need to remember in this country, Adolph Hitler, when he first rose to power, was elected by 36 percent of the German voters.”
“A lot of really weird Brown Shirt similarities,” Banfield agreed. “Identity cards, it’s okay to spy on your neighbors, the disabled are already being mocked.”
Kohn noted that she was accusing Trump of fascism, but she said that she was not directly comparing him to Hitler.
“We have to call it what it is,” Banfield insisted. “When he said thousands and thousands of Muslims were dancing in New Jersey watching the Twin Towers and I saw it with my own eyes, it is a lie, folks.”
“There is no video anyone has ever seen, Mr. Trump included,” the CNN host declared. “Mr. Trump, get your millions and offer it as a bounty for the person who comes up with the video.”
“I know I’ll be the subject of the next nasty tweet,” she added.
According to the The New York Times‘ Learning Network, “the German public voted 90 percent in favor of Chancellor Adolf Hitler becoming Führer und Reichskanzler” on Aug. 19, 1934.
“Hitler came to power through primarily democratic means, as the German public — devastated by economic ruin after the First World War — was receptive to a strong, nationalist ruler who could restore financial stability and national pride,” the Times noted.
Watch the video below from CNN, broadcast Dec. 2, 2015.