Why This Historian Says a Trump Coup Is ‘Pretty Much Inevitable’

Trump‘s impeachment is almost inevitable at this point. There is just too much evidence that he has violated the constitution that he can continue to be president. It’s just a matter of time before his own party completely turns on him. But the question on a lot of peoples’ minds is “will he go easily?” Timothy Snyder, a historian and author of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From The Twentieth Century, says “it’s pretty much inevitable” in an interview with Salon. So how will he do it, and what can we do to stop it?

Trump is a fascist

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Protesters burn an image of Trump fashioned on a swastika as they march the streets of Manila. | Jes Aznar/Getty Images

Snyder firmly contends that Trump is a Fascist, but it’s hard for Americans to accept that because we’ve had a certain belief about governmental structure for so long. “… we just assume everybody is a friendly democratic parliamentarian pluralist until proven otherwise,” Snyder tells Salon. Trump would have to march out and explain in the simplest of English that he was a Fascist to his supporters, but even then he would have people who would claim that he’s being hyperbolic.

The reason Snyder says that Trump is Fascist is the way he operates in his worldview. He may be doing it without even knowing it, but he uses all the fascistic approaches. What fascists have done in the past is to tell people to worry about the truth and what is real, only worry about our “mystical unities and direct connections between the mystical leader and the people.” This is only echoed by his constant denial of the truth and his undermining of the press.

Next: Trump will use three approaches to undermine democracy.

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