An expert on the far-right in America warned of President Donald Trump's "genuinely dangerous levels" of authoritarianism on Saturday.
Author David Neiwert posted a long Twitter thread on the commander-in-chief's "Social Dominance Orientation" -- and warned it will not end well.
Neiwert is the author of the 2017 book Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump.
Here is the thread he posted:
2) The current surge in authoritarian behavior from the occupant of the Oval Office seems to have started with the… https://t.co/TNit4TFyuB— David Neiwert (@David Neiwert)1566694678.0
4) Let’s be clear: When discussing Trump, we’re not looking at an authoritarian personality per se; rather, one wit… https://t.co/jBN3cu9jLw— David Neiwert (@David Neiwert)1566694787.0
6) So shortly on the heels of his attacks on “The Squad,” Trump urged Israel to deny a visa to Rep. Rita Tlaib, one… https://t.co/R3HShu5nrx— David Neiwert (@David Neiwert)1566694905.0
8) Of course, this is also a classic anti-Semitic trope, accusing U.S. Jews of “dual loyalties” to both Israel and… https://t.co/fmIKAasip6— David Neiwert (@David Neiwert)1566694945.0
10) The reality was very different, of course. https://t.co/DPwlKlHFLB— David Neiwert (@David Neiwert)1566694993.0
12) In Trump’s mind, he was helping these people by gifting them with his presence so they could share the selfies… https://t.co/XGrTyd8fsV— David Neiwert (@David Neiwert)1566695059.0
14) And then, when the Danish prime minister abruptly rebuffed him, he canceled a state visit to the European natio… https://t.co/kdZCoqJn88— David Neiwert (@David Neiwert)1566695096.0
16) Then he retweeted noted conspiracy theorist (and rabid Trump fan) Wayne Allyn Root, waxing hardcore authoritari… https://t.co/85MMt1Byd0— David Neiwert (@David Neiwert)1566695226.0
18) He capped it all off this week with his tweets in which he “hereby ordered” all American businesses to reel bac… https://t.co/qMxWqUWf4x— David Neiwert (@David Neiwert)1566695294.0
20) It’s an utterly bogus assertion of power. And it would certainly have a catastrophic effect on the global econo… https://t.co/5j7jjlI2Id— David Neiwert (@David Neiwert)1566695379.0
22) However, there’s no question that it is intensifying now, particularly as it looks like the economy may be abou… https://t.co/0ocBOoKGOw— David Neiwert (@David Neiwert)1566695411.0
24) And yes, this past week has been particularly insane. https://t.co/H6ztDMWvem— David Neiwert (@David Neiwert)1566695449.0
25) The next step in the authoritarian script is for Trump to declare his opponents and critics “enemies of the sta… https://t.co/4DvIEoYN3W— David Neiwert (@David Neiwert)1566695482.0