Most striking has been Trump's aim at Muslims in the United States. He's been widely denounced for claiming that people in New Jersey — a state with "large Arab populations," he said — cheered after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. That, coupled with his seeming endorsement of a national registry to track Muslims in the country, has sparked a new level of condemnation from conservatives already on edge about Trump's endurance.They are correct. I have stated many times, months ago, that he is Mussolini-like. See here, here and here.
"Trump is a fascist. And that's not a term I use loosely or often. But he's earned it," tweeted Max Boot, a conservative fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations who is advising Marco Rubio.
"Forced federal registration of US citizens, based on religious identity, is fascism. Period. Nothing else to call it," Jeb Bush national security adviser John Noonan wrote on Twitter.
Conservative Iowa radio host Steve Deace, who has endorsed Ted Cruz, also used the "F" word last week: "If Obama proposed the same religion registry as Trump every conservative in the country would call it what it is -- creeping fascism."
Of course, the founding neocons, such as Irving Kristol, were all former Trotskyites, Justin Raimndo writes:
Neoconservatism, the successful promotion of which Kristol devoted a good part of his life to, is biography at least as much as ideology. It is the story of the so-called New York intellectuals, who spent their misbegotten youth as Trotskyists, penning furious polemics against U.S. imperialism, but mostly against each other – and some of whom, including the ex-Trotskyist Kristol, wound up in the pay of the CIA, writing for Encounter and its French and Italian equivalents.And they are not much better these days, though, they are much more influential. As Murray Rothbard notes:
There is a perceptive saying in left-wing circles in New York: that the Trotskyites all went into academia, and the Stalinists went into real estate. Perhaps that's why the Trotskyites are running the world.And as far as Trump goes, not only does Trump have Mussolini-like views on various ethnic groups and Mussolini-like economic views but his personal style and attitude seems to be very Mussolini-like. What Trump seems to believe about the US and what he believes he can do for the country, was said before by Mussolini about Italy. In his autobiography, Mussolini wrote, "I want to make Italy, great, respected and feared."
David Kertzer writes:
Mussolini felt that nothing was impossible if he willed it. Italy could become one of the world's great nations, if Italians folowed his orders.And Mussolini once told a reporter:
The crowd loves strong men. The crowd is like a woman.So yeah, Trump has many Mussolini-like characteristics and he appears willing to commit the US to more intense fighting in the Middle East, against at least ISIS. But there is nothing about the neocons that make them better. They are out and out advocates of military action by the US around the world.
Bottom line: They are all bad guys and they are all dangerous for America.