Fascist Trump Speaks to the Press—“We have not even started the big work yet”
For the Future of Humanity and the Planet, We, the People, Must Drive This Regime Out
February 17, 2017 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us
Thursday’s press conference with Trump is big news… Trump is described as unhinged, rambling, narcissistic. He IS all of these things… but beneath all these superficial descriptions lies a sinister and ominous message and declaration that the juggernaut to consolidate an all-round fascist regime is proceeding—and quickly.
The new, updated Call to Action from Refuse Fascism states:
The Trump/Pence Regime is a Fascist Regime. Not insult or exaggeration, this is what it is. For the future of humanity and the planet, we, the people, must drive this regime out.
Trump’s press conference only underlined the truth and importance of taking up this Call.
First, Trump in his opening address outlined all the moves he has ordered and which have begun to be implemented in one total package. This includes:
- Internationally, the plan to eradicate ISIS around the world, imposing further sanctions on Iran, and the massive buildup of a murderous military
- Domestically, measures to “give full backing” to law enforcement and the targeting of inner cities, including in Chicago; building the wall, going after sanctuary cities, and mass deportations with police enforcing them
- On court rulings unfavorable to him, he not only denounced these and the courts themselves, backed by blatant lies about the Ninth Circuit, but declared that he intends to move full steam ahead on the very measures in these executive orders—the banning of immigrants from certain Muslim-majority countries—bypassing court decisions with technical revisions. Vaunted “checks and balances” are no obstacle to his diktat
- Trump bragged he has removed all obstacles to the construction of the Keystone and Dakota Access oil pipelines, which portend destruction to the environment and Native American lands
Trump declared, “There has never been a presidency that’s done so much in such a short period of time.”
He then continued ominously “And we have not even started the big work yet. That starts early next week.”
Trump/Pence are moving apace to consolidate their fascist regime. Faced with discontent among the powers-that-be and resistance from people broadly in society, Trump felt the need to respond. The fascist steamroller speaks, but becomes more aggressive and ruthless. The urgency for the people to oust it is even greater.
Second, at this press conference, Trump brazenly and significantly escalated his all-round and vicious attack on the press. He further trashed the historically accepted and institutional norms that govern the relations between the executive and press in a bourgeois democracy. Coming from the chief executive, this was beyond what is being done by Sean Spicer, Kellyanne Conway and his other minions. What mainstream commentators are describing as Trump being “unhinged” is mainly the trashing of these norms—and these commentators are failing to grasp or, primarily, willfully ignoring the march to fascism this really represents.
And for the major bourgeois press not to call this out for what it really is—a fascist regime—is criminal, a normalizing of unprecedented horrors.
Throwing around labels of “dishonesty” and “fake news,” Trump called out individual networks, newspapers and journalists for publishing critical articles, all the while insisting his “alternative facts” are reality. He heaped visible scorn towards those posing even mildly critical questions.
In Trump-land, the press should only report what the Trump/Pence regime says they should report, and his “alternative facts” shape the reality. The attack goes further. Not only is it an onslaught against science and the truth, but insisting the press bend to his will, Trump’s attacks go to foundational elements of the First Amendment.
In Trump’s view, what will be allowed into the public square has no relationship to the truth, to actual reality. And that is very, very dangerous.
Fascism brooks no serious dissent.
Trump issued ominous warnings and promises about going after intelligence leaks that form the basis of these critical press reports, overlaying an implicit threat to neutralize sections of the U.S. national security establishment that have differences with him.
Trump is telling you, in no uncertain terms, that it is even truer than ever:
The Trump/Pence Regime is a Fascist Regime. Not insult or exaggeration, this is what it is.
As the Call for Refuse Fascism continues:
For the future of humanity and the planet, we, the people, must drive this regime out.
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