I am tempted to think that now we are perfectly within our rights to call Donald Drumpf a Nazi.
No, it’s not necessarily because of his Hitleresque histrionics and calls for violence against protesters or his racism or xenophobia or his utter hostility toward anything and anyone standing in the way of his will to power.
It is because this morning, at a rally in Ohio, he told the biggest lie of his lie-plagued campaign. He called Bernie Sanders a communist. Again. Yes, he’s done it plenty of times before. But there’s something different about him doing it this morning.
Even his own fellow candidates and some party officials are, finally, expressing concern over the storm of ugliness that surrounds his strange rallies and Drumpf’s failure to rein in the rhetoric that stokes the hate so visible wherever he goes. But rather than come out this morning with a more sober tone—after a bad scene in Chicago last night, where he had to cancel a rally because of the widespread mayhem his campaign is generating—he went on with the same old stuff. And he added a new twist. He blamed the supporters of “Bernie, our communist friend” for disrupting his events and especially for what happened in Chicago last night.
So, that may be it. We may now have permission. The time may have come. Maybe we can, and maybe we should, use the Nazi reference when describing Donald Drumpf’s dark and dreary and potentially deadly campaign.