Trump supporters who attend his rallies regularly break out into angry chants ranging from “Build that wall” to “Lock her up” to “CNN sucks,” among others.
Timothy Snyder, a Yale historian and the author of “The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe and America,” says that there is a direct line between these angry chants and the rituals that fascist dictators have used to build and maintain support among their citizens.
“This is going to be a tough one to hear and people aren’t going to like it, but it’s very hard to understand that, in fascism, we’re not individual human beings who have thoughts and reflect before we speak,” explains Snyder, in a video posted on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) Twitter page. “The idea is that we are tribes.”
The best way to maintain tribal solidarity, says Snyder, is to define the tribe’s enemy that can be a focus of its members’ hatred.
“The politics begins from deciding who the enemy is,” he says. “So rather than being an individual, rather than thinking, what we’re supposed to do is mark ourselves up into a tribe and define who the enemy is.”
He also says that it’s “no accident” that these chants appeal to certain elemental emotions, such as “the feeling that you need boundaries, the feeling of anxiety, the notion that others are different, and therefore threatening.”
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Georgia GOP secretary of state: Trump ‘threw my family under the bus’ even though we voted for him
Brad Raffensperger, the Republican secretary of state in Georgia, has written an angry editorial for USA Today in which he details the harassment he and his family have been subjected to because he followed the law and certified President-elect Joe Biden's victory.
Raffensperger starts out his editorial by praising the Peach State for holding a free and fair election under difficult circumstances stemming from the novel coronavirus pandemic.
‘The election wasn’t stolen — he blew it’: Michigan Republican says Trump ‘did everything possible to lose’
President Donald Trump insists the election was stolen from him in Michigan, but Republicans there haven't been willing to indulge his fantasy.
The president has zeroed in on the state, which he narrowly won in 2016, in his effort to overturn his election loss to Joe Biden by claiming widespread fraud and pressuring legislators to overrule the will of the voters, but few Republicans are buying in, reported Politico.
“We must not attempt to exercise power we simply don’t have,” said Aaron Van Langevelde, who sits on Michigan’s board of state canvassers, which was statutorily obligated to certify the election win by Joe Biden. “As John Adams once said, 'We are a government of laws, not men.' This board needs to adhere to that principle here today. This board must do its part to uphold the rule of law and comply with our legal duty to certify this election.”
‘Dangerous’: Mitch McConnell just engineered a lifetime judgeship for an ‘unqualified’ 33-year-old
On Wednesday, The Daily Beast examined the "dangerous" record of 33-year-old Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, one of the final judicial nominees to be forced through by Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans — and her complete lack of qualifications for the job, beyond her high-powered conservative connections.
"One of five judicial nominees waved through by the lame duck Senate in a final vote before lawmakers left town for Thanksgiving, Mizelle’s confirmation is the most galling," wrote Eleanor Clift. "Mizelle is only eight years out of law school (University of Florida), and the ABA’s standard for a lifetime seat is 12 years of legal experience. She has had four distinguished clerkships, including one for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, but her only trial experience is as an intern before she graduated from law school. She will take her seat on the Eleventh Circuit for the Middle District of Florida having never tried a case — civil or criminal — as a lead attorney or co-counsel."