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What Is a Fascist? | Opinion


There is only one word to describe Democrats‘ recently unveiled strategy for the midterm elections: weird. It’s incredibly weird to falsely label all supporters of Donald Trump as fascists and terrorists. It’s weirder still to believe insulting people will somehow convince them to vote for you.

President Joe Biden made the strategy abundantly clear last week when he excoriated all conservatives as terrorists in his Philadelphia speech, shaking his fists while illuminated in red as if standing at the gates of hell, yelling at anyone who disagrees with him that they are evil. “Anyone who calls for the use of violence and refuses to acknowledge an election has been won,” Biden intoned last week, “that is a threat to democracy.”

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), a member of the U.S. House’s Jan. 6 select committee, echoed Biden’s slanderous accusations, claiming, “Two of the hallmarks of a fascist political party are, one, they don’t accept the results of elections that don’t go their way, and two, they embrace political violence. And I think that’s why President Biden was right to sound the alarm this week.”

This follows White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre‘s confirmation that the Biden administration views “MAGA Republicans” as fascists.

Do Democrats really think they can win the midterm elections this way? People across the United States are suffering from inflation, high gas prices, a humanitarian crisis at the southern border, rampant violent crimes in cities across the country, critical race theory indoctrination in schools, and radical gender theories targeting vulnerable children.

But Biden calls half the country fascist terrorists? That is a wild political miscalculation.

This insane strategy also raises the obvious question: If we accept Raskin’s definition of the two key elements of fascism as refusing to accept the results of elections that don’t go one’s way and embracing political violence, which party in the United States is the more “fascist” of the two?

Consider that on January 6, 2017, Raskin himself objected to the certification of the 2016 presidential election. Raskin refused to accept the outcome, then, of the presidential election that didn’t go his way—because Trump won.

What’s more, following her 2016 loss to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton herself claimed, “You can run the best campaign, you can even become the nominee, and you can have the election stolen from you.”

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers a primetime speech at Independence National Historical Park September 1, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Kamala Harris, during an appearance on “The Breakfast Club” prior to the 2020 election, agreed that Trump was an illegitimate president. On the campaign trail in 2020—seemingly the one time he actually left his basement—Biden likewise claimed Trump was an illegitimate president.

If we’re playing by the rules of the Left, the Democratic Party has embraced the first element of fascism. The second element, according to Raskin, is embracing political violence. Um, which party does that?

Ask denizens of Minneapolis, Louisville, Charlotte, D.C., Kenosha, Seattle, Atlanta, Portland, and countless other neighborhoods and cities destroyed during the summer of 2020. They were ravaged by Black Lives Matter riots and Antifa thugs who were rioting in pursuit of their Marxist political agenda. Recall too that then-vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris tweeted, at the time, a call to raise funds to bail rioters out of jail. So if we’re playing by the rules of the Left, the Democratic Party has embraced the second element of fascism, too.

Notwithstanding the hypocrisy, Democrats’ midterm strategy remains clear: Falsely accuse all Republicans of being fascists. The question is: why?

The answer lies in the details surrounding the FBI‘s raid of Mar-a-Lago last month that you won’t hear from the mainstream media. As gleaned from a court filing from 2021 from Judge Tanya Chutkan, it seems the FBI raid was predicated not upon allegedly classified documents housed improperly at Mar-a-Lago, but upon the then-embryonic Jan. 6 select committee’s desire to fish for evidence to bolster its false allegation that Trump coordinated the Capitol riot.

This is the Democrats’ long game. The reason for the Democrats’ seemingly bizarre midterm elections strategy, then, isn’t 2022; it’s 2024 and beyond. The Left wants to criminalize Trump, so he can’t run in 2024, by criminalizing his criticism of the integrity of the 2020 presidential election. The Left can therefore kill two birds with one stone. If the Left succeeds in criminalizing Trump’s speech, it can criminalize any speech questioning the integrity of an election. And if leftists criminalize your speech, they will successfully criminalize any criticism of their own corruption. If they criminalize your speech exposing their corruption, they will cement for themselves power in perpetuity.

By preemptively labeling every conservative a fascist and terrorist, Democrats are therefore conditioning the American people for what comes next after they indict Trump following the midterm elections. It won’t be pretty.

Liz Wheeler is host of “The Liz Wheeler Show.”

The views expressed in this article are the writer’s own.



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