Since he emerged as a national candidate, Donald Trump has collapsed the political and ideological space between the Republican Party and the fascist right. The latest manifestation of this change is Trump’s retweeting a series of snuff videos by Jayda Fransen, leader of the far right Britain First Party.
Fransen is obviously thrilled to be legitimized by the purported leader of the free world.
In related developments, Sebastian Gorka, a former Trump adviser with deep ties to a far-right Hungarian political party, has secured a relationship with the Heritage Foundation, a bulwark of the conservative-movement apparatus. And Roy Moore, who has proclaimed Christianity as the sole legitimate basis for American law and denied the right of Muslims to serve in Congress, is leading in the polls despite multiple charges of child molestation.
It would be inaccurate to suggest that the Republican Party is on the main a fascist party. The bulk of Republicans are, as they have been for a generation, primarily dedicated to reducing regulation of business and taxation on the wealthy. Trump has aligned that long-standing orientation with a new openness to fascist and nakedly racist politics.
Update: The veracity of the videos Trump retweeted, which allegedly depict violence committed by Muslims, has been questioned. Asked to defend them today, the White House refused. “Whether it’s a real video, the threat is real. His goal is to promote strong border security and strong national security,” said Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. So the administration is defending the president’s right to circulate fake videos attributing violence to members of a religious faith.