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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House Judiciary Committee considering vote to hold Corey Lewandowski in contempt of Congress: report
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This development comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told members of her caucus that she supports holding Lewandowski in contempt.
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Ambassador Michael McFaul was interviewed by MSNBC chief legal correspondent Ari Melber on "The Beat."
"In my understanding, have -- having worked closely with the intelligence community, when I was in the government -- nobody that I know would go to these steps unless there was something really serious. This is not about the inappropriate use of classified material," McFaul noted. "It’s something much bigger."
"We’re talking about someone who is at a senior enough level to have this level of access, who knows the rules and knows they can lose their job or worse," Melber noted.
Georgia substitute teacher fired for allegedly putting students on racist list of ‘angels’ and ‘devils’
On Thursday, the Daily Mail reported that a substitute teacher at Awtrey Middle School in Cobb County, Georgia has been fired after children complained that he was branding "black children as devils and white children as angels."
Students took pictures of the note and sent it to their parents, causing outrage.
"A substitute teacher was fired after school administration was made aware that the substitute composed two lists, one titled 'angels' and the other titled 'devils,'" said one school administrator. "The names of black and white students appeared in both columns."