November 3, 2016
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Who Goes Trump?

In 1941. Dorothy Thompson wrote “Who Goes Nazi?” for Harper’s.

It is an interesting and somewhat macabre parlor game to play at a large gathering of one’s acquaintances: to speculate who in a showdown would go Nazi. By now, I think I know. I have gone through the experience many times—in Germany, in Austria, and in France. I have come to know the types: the born Nazis, the Nazis whom democracy itself has created, the certain-to-be fellow-travelers. And I also know those who never, under any conceivable circumstances, would become Nazis.

We’re there again. James Kirchick: Who Goes Trump?

The amount of racism, foul misogyny, and anti-Semitism we all see in social media these days is breathtaking. The Republican nominee is certainly a cheat and a boastful sexual predator; he may also be a rapist and he might be an agent of a hostile foreign power. He cannot express himself. He has no policy. Shadowy police agencies small and large flock to his banner, and the Republican congressional leadership has already vowed to refuse to recognize the legitimacy of any other election result.