Democrats like Biden have been falsely calling Republicans fascists for almost 60 years | Washington Examiner

  

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Democrats like Biden have been falsely calling Republicans fascists for almost 60 years | Washington Examiner
Last week, Robert Reich, former secretary of labor during the Clinton administration, tweeted, "Just wondering if 'DeSantis' is now officially a synonym for 'fascist.'" Later in the week, President Joe Biden, once touted as the great unifier, referred to former President Donald Trump and his supporters as "semi-fascist." These words are just the latest in a long line of Democrats falsely accusing Republicans of being fascists, a disgusting practice that began in 1964.

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Last week, Robert Reich, former secretary of labor during the Clinton administration, tweeted, "Just wondering if 'DeSantis' is now officially a synonym for 'fascist.'" Later in the week, President Joe Biden, once touted as the great unifier, referred to former President Donald Trump and his supporters as "semi-fascist." These words are just the latest in a long line of Democrats falsely accusing Republicans of being fascists, a disgusting practice that began in 1964.

Aside from being old, foolish, and completely untrue, this trope is nothing new. Furthermore, this has nothing to do with President Trump or "MAGA." For nearly 60 years, Democratic politicians, pundits, and activists have compared Republican political leaders to fascists, Nazis, and even Adolf Hitler. It's nothing more than the latest production of Democratic political theater.

Consider the history of Democrats. After their history of promoting slavery and segregation, Democrats began to describe Republicans as "fascists" in 1964. While campaigning for president, Barry Goldwater was targeted by Pat Brown, then California's left-wing governor. Of Goldwater's candidacy, Brown said, "The stench of fascism is in the air."

A few years after that, the target was Richard Nixon. Nixon's reputation is forever tarnished in history because of the Watergate scandal. Yet, until then, he was viewed as a political force. In December 1973, theCall published an article titled "Dump Nixon! Stop the fascist tide." One does not have to go into great detail about its contents to describe the editorial. Then, after Nixon won the presidency in 1968, late Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-MN) said Nixon "was a fascist pig."

Gerald Ford followed Nixon as president and as a Republican who was called a fascist. In 1974, a member of the ACLU criticized Ford for his lack of punitive action against Richard Nixon.

"If [President] Ford's principle had been the rule in Nuremberg," he said, "the Nazi leaders would have been let off and only the people, who carried out their schemes would have been tried," the ACLU said at the time.

Additionally, in the Gerald Ford Library museum, a document describes an interaction with a woman in 1975 in which Ford was harassed and repeatedly called a "fascist" and a "fascist pig."

On the other hand, former President Ronald Reagan was treated quite differently from Ford — and quite differently from any other president. Listening to some of the comments by Democrats about Reagan, one would have thought he was the Antichrist and another dreadful fascist. But just like the hyperbolic outrage over Goldwater and Nixon, Democrats were once again wrong about Reagan and any rise or link to fascism.

Consider some of the comments Democrats made about Reagan. In 2016, Larry Elder, called the "blackface of white supremacy" during his 2021 California gubernatorial campaign by some on the Left, wrote how former Rep. Willie Clay (D-MO) once said Reagan was "trying to replace the Bill of Rights with fascist precepts lifted verbatim from Mein Kampf."

Then, there was Los Angeles Times cartoonist Paul Conrad. He featured artwork of Reagan devising a fascist putsch in a darkened Munich beer hall. Esquire magazine featured an article by Harry Stein, who claimed that people who supported Reagan were like the "good Germans" in "Hitler's Germany."

George W. Bush had numerous people call him a fascist or Nazi or compare him to Hitler. This started when he announced his candidacy for president and after winning a close election against Al Gore. After the invasion of Iraq, Bush might have had it worse than Reagan, comparatively speaking. Yet, still, there was never any rise of fascism. Maybe those who are really problematic are not Republican leaders but the ones using offensive, unsubstantiated hyperbole.

From Goldwater to Trump to DeSantis, each "fascist" was supposedly going to be worse than the "fascist" before. Yet each time these frivolous claims never came to fruition, Democrats would call the next Republican politician a fascist, with the caveat that they "really meant it this time." Yet, despite all these warnings and doomsday predictions about fascism, here we are, in 2022, still waiting for the advent of the Fourth Reich.

No one should take it seriously any time a Democrat calls a Republican a fascist, Joe Biden included. Such accusations are insulting and offensive. The only people who believe such outlandish nonsense are unhinged fanatics. There's no legitimacy to these claims and certainly no realistic fascist threat — and anyone who says otherwise is not a serious person.


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Texan1211
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1  seeder  Texan1211    one month ago
No one should take it seriously any time a Democrat calls a Republican a fascist, Joe Biden included. Such accusations are insulting and offensive. The only people who believe such outlandish nonsense are unhinged fanatics. There's no legitimacy to these claims and certainly no realistic fascist threat — and anyone who says otherwise is not a serious person.

And THAT sums it all up nicely!

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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1.1  Ozzwald  replied to  Texan1211 @1    one month ago
And THAT sums it all up nicely!

And here is an article that agrees that they are not, but does so with more citations and exceptions.

Are Trump Republicans Fascists?

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.1.1  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1    one month ago
And here is an article that agrees that they are not, but does so with more citations and exceptions. Are Trump Republicans Fascists?

Seed your OWN article then.

Don't try to derail and deflect on this one.

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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1.1.2  Ozzwald  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.1    one month ago
Don't try to derail and deflect on this one.

Wow.  You never even bothered looking at it.

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
1.1.3  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1.2    one month ago

Learn what THIS article is about and stick to it.

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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1.1.4  Ozzwald  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.3    one month ago
Learn what THIS article is about and stick to it.

READ before you respond.  You fail to do that every single time.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.1.5  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1    one month ago

Nice failed attempt at deflection.  I guess staying on topic isn't your thing.

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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1.1.6  Ozzwald  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @1.1.5    one month ago
I guess staying on topic isn't your thing.

The only people(?) that claim it is not on topic are the ones that refuse to read it.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.1.7  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1.6    4 weeks ago

Why waste time with irrelevant garbage?  

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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1.1.8  Ozzwald  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @1.1.7    4 weeks ago
Why waste time with irrelevant garbage?

Definition of troll:  Refuses to read the comment they reply to.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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1.1.9  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1.8    4 weeks ago

That's rich coming from a person who saw an article and decided to play "but look over here".  But then again, it's expected from certain individual.

When your link is relevant to the seeded article, then we'll take a look.  Since it's NOT relevant to the seeded article - it's garbage.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.1.10  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1.4    4 weeks ago
READ before you respond.  You fail to do that every single time

Please open your OWN seed if you want to talk about YOUR article.

This isn't about YOUR article.

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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1.1.11  Ozzwald  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @1.1.9    4 weeks ago
That's rich coming from a person who saw an article and decided to play "but look over here".

Like every other comment on every other seed?

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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1.1.12  Ozzwald  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.10    4 weeks ago
Please open your OWN seed if you want to talk about YOUR article.

I'm talking about YOUR article.  Trouble is that you are so busy trolling, you don't realize it.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.1.13  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1.12    4 weeks ago

FUCK OFF PLEASE!

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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1.1.14  Ozzwald  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.13    4 weeks ago
FUCK OFF PLEASE!

Ahhh, let me tell you a story about a previous comment thread I had, on a different news site.

There was a known troll at that site who would post things, and then ignorantly argue with everyone else that posted any kind of reply to his post.

One time I posted a reply to a statement of his, and he started arguing with me about it, calling me names and making rude and insulting statements.

The reason this is interesting, that when all was said and done, it proved that he had his head so far up his own ass, that he never bothered to read my reply to see that it actually agreed with what he said.  He spent hours calling me names and arguing that what I said was nonsense, and never bothered to see that he was arguing against himself the whole time.

Aren't you glad we don't have any ignorant trolls like that on this site??????????

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.1.15  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1.14    4 weeks ago
Aren't you glad we don't have any ignorant trolls like that on this site?

I don't worry about what isn't here, I worry about the trolls we do have here.

I also don't give a fuck about your little tale of woe.

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
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1.2  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  Texan1211 @1    4 weeks ago
Such accusations are insulting and offensive.

I'm sure many fascists feel the same way. Even if they're fascists no one likes being called names.

There's no legitimacy to these claims and certainly no realistic fascist threat 

Fascism: noun - an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization.

Republicans right wing? Check!

Republicans welcoming and supporting white nationalists and white nationalism? Check!

Republicans supporting a populist wannabe authoritarian who inspired his followers to attempt a violent insurrection in an effort to install him as Leader despite losing the election? Check!

Republicans supporting stripping women of their right to privacy and crafting laws that would force women to carry pregnancies to term against their will? Check!

Republicans trying to force public schools to adopt their rightwing ideological beliefs on race, gender roles, sexuality and teachers leading students in prayer? Check!

The GOP Is America’s Party of White Nationalism – Foreign Policy

Opinion | Trump is an authoritarian wannabe. He must never hold power again. - The Washington Post

The GOP's War on Abortion Is Now a War on Privacy Rights | Opinion (newsweek.com)

Florida moves to restrict what schools can teach about systemic racism | PBS NewsHour

‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill: Florida Senate passes controversial LGBTQ school measure (nbcnews.com)

Praying football coach wins big in Supreme Court ruling - Washington Times

Right-wing politics - Wikipedia

So I guess because they weren't successful on January 6th they are still just "wannabe fascists" or "attempted fascists".

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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1.2.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @1.2    4 weeks ago
Republicans supporting the stripping women of their right to privacy and crafting laws that would force women to carry pregnancies to term against their will? Check!

I see both Parties enamored with fascism, just in different ways.  Repubs seem now to want the government to restrict a lot of individual behavior sin social areas (except COVID precautions). 

Dems seek greater control centralized in DC, they want to increase taxes and social spending and more control and coordination between public policy overnment and big industry. 

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
1.2.2  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @1.2    4 weeks ago
I'm sure many fascists feel the same way. Even if they're fascists no one likes being called names.

I have the sincerest of hopes that someday people who throw out 'fascism' learns what it means so they can stop using it and looking uneducated.

The rest of your post is unworthy of comment, so I just addressed the most glaring example of exactly what the article describes.

Thank you for your rather obvious example.

 
 
 
charger 383
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1.3  charger 383  replied to  Texan1211 @1    4 weeks ago

thresd 1.1 locked by charger for slap fighting, insults and trolling

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
2  seeder  Texan1211    one month ago

Do the fools who keep using this word against Republicans even know what it means? It certainly doesn't appear to be the case.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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2.1  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Texan1211 @2    one month ago
Do the fools who keep using this word against Republicans even know what it means?

No.  They've used name calling so much that the sting that would normally be associated with their "hot word of the day" is gone.  

 
 
 
Texan1211
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2.1.1  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2.1    one month ago
They've used name calling so much that the sting that would normally be associated with their "hot word of the day" is gone.

But they have so MANY of those words.

They continually bandy words like racist, white supremacist, gun nuts, etc. about so often they have lost a lot of significance.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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2.1.2  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Texan1211 @2.1.1    one month ago

And they actually think they sound educated and tolerant throughout it all.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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3  Jeremy Retired in NC    one month ago
For nearly 60 years, Democratic politicians, pundits, and activists have compared Republican political leaders to fascists, Nazis, and even Adolf Hitler. It's nothing more than the latest production of Democratic political theater.

I love it that Democrats loved calling their opposition racist and fascist without understanding the history of their own party.

 
 
 
afrayedknot
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3.1  afrayedknot  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @3    one month ago

“…without understanding the history of their own party.”

Another tired trope. Which party is willing to evolve vs. the party embracing those old democrat values you condemn? 

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
3.1.1  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  afrayedknot @3.1    one month ago
Another tired trope

Very good, that IS what the article is describing as coming from Democrats.

Another tired trope.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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3.1.2  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  afrayedknot @3.1    one month ago
Which party is willing to evolve vs. the party embracing those old democrat values you condemn? 

It obviously isn't the Democrats.  Their racist history keeps coming up every few months. 

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
4  Drinker of the Wry    one month ago
Which party is willing to evolve 

Evolve?  How much has the urban Democratic Party machine evolved since Boss Tweed?

 
 
 
afrayedknot
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4.1  afrayedknot  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @4    one month ago

Please…embracing the LGBTQ community, understanding the science behind global warming, fighting for voting rights, not accepting that a woman’s right to choose shall be compromised, etc. etc. etc. Boss Tweed? Who is stuck in the past? 

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
4.1.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  afrayedknot @4.1    one month ago
Boss Tweed? Who is stuck in the past? 

You tell me, how's the urban voter working for Dems these days?  Is the urban patronage and the corruption all in the past?

 
 
 
squiggy
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5  squiggy    one month ago

I’m not really a deplorable?

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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6  Sean Treacy    one month ago

Everyone who doesn't get  on board with massive governmental expansion and  oversight are fascists. 

Libertarians being the biggest fascists of all. 

Mussolini himself described fascism as  "Everything outside the state, nothing inside the state" 

 
 
 
Tacos!
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7  Tacos!    one month ago

There’s a lot of hypocrisy on this issue. Both sides do this a ton. Right now, as Biden et al are rightly being criticized for calling Republicans fascists, Republicans are saying the same kind of nonsense regarding the FBI raid on Chez Trump and the related investigation. It has also been said about Biden multiple times. The Washington Post is currently endorsing Biden’s comments, while they have previously condemned nearly identical attacks gains him. Hypocrites.

Presidents, governors, and legislators in both parties are commonly compared to - or equated with - Nazis, communists, or other totalitarian regimes. The impulse is understandable. The speaker sees some particular parallel, or simply wants to express how awful he thinks a person or policy is. But it’s never accurate. The fascists and communists of the last century tortured and murdered millions of their own people. They didn’t have debates, protests, elections, free press, open dissent, hearings, or trials. They just rounded up their opponents and either made them slaves or they killed them and buried them in mass graves.

Every time an American politician makes one of these silly comparisons, the electorate gets dummer, and nothing is improved. No one is persuaded by this kind of thing - only inflamed.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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8  JohnRussell    one month ago

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GregTx
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8.1  GregTx  replied to  JohnRussell @8    one month ago

There's no sense waiting for it folks..... never gonna happen.

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
9  JBB    4 weeks ago

If you do not like criticisms based on your own words and your own actions then quit exhibiting your own objectionable and reprehensible behaviors.

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
9.1  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  JBB @9    4 weeks ago
If you do not like criticisms based on your own words and your own actions then quit exhibiting your own objectionable and reprehensible behaviors.

Good advice, but will your brethren heed it?

 
 

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