Donald Trump’s appointment of a white supremacist as his chief strategist alone should automatically trigger worrisome comparisons to Nazi Germany and white supremacy. It’s not surprising that some people take offense when you compare Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. However, it’s hard to overlook the chilling implications of Trump’s administration appointments and alliances so far. However, it is his choice of running-mate which should be worrying Americans the most, and which has the most far-reaching implications.
Vice-president Elect Mike Pence is a Christian Dominionist. He dreams of a Christian theocracy, rejects the separation of church and state, and places his Christian faith above the U.S. Constitution. Pence describes himself as “a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order”. He refuses to accept Evolution, is rabidly anti-gay, believes abortion should be criminalized, and that Global Warming is a hoax.
In short, in the person of Mike Pence, the American Taliban has risen to power in the United States. They are one heartbeat away from the Presidency, in an administration in which a white supremacist serves as chief strategist. At this moment the only thing standing between us and a government based upon white Christian nationalism is Donald Trump. Think about that. Just take a moment and think about that.
If comparisons to Nazi Germany make you uncomfortable, think about what happened the last time rabid white Christian nationalists utterly controlled a nation’s government. I’ll give you a hint. While not its apex, it could be said that it finally came to a head on September 1, 1939. Millions of people died.
It’s premature to speculate if such horrors are the fate of the United States. But when you consider how many acts of terror and hate-driven violence have already been visited upon anti-Trump protestors and minority groups in the name of the President-Elect, it doesn’t bode well. Wrap that hatred in the cloak of white Christian nationalism, and this can, and likely will, get very bad, very quickly.
Where were you the day American democracy died?