By: Jordan Allen
Ur-facism has been used in an anti-authoritarian sense to emphasize the common ideology of governmental suppression of individual freedom. With this being the idea of facism, I believe in the 21st century that ur-facism existed in a certain form when Donald Trump was the President of the United States. We could see that when Trump was in office he had a cult of people following behind his beliefs. President Trump definitely shared similar leadership comparisons to a facist-style government.
Donald Trump’s slogan during his reign was “Make America Great Again.” He would use this slogan to imply that America was never great. Donald Trump was the voice for the republican party in 2020 and displayed acts of machismo. Trump was known to have sexist and homophobic views. When running against Hillary Clinton he would put his sexism on true display to the public. Trump also had a fair amount of allegations against him in cases with him harassing women, but was still elected. He had true support behind his outlandish opinions and beliefs. This showed there were people who thought exactly like him. He was truly the spokesman for the republican party.
Cite Link: https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/what-trump-really-means-when-he-says-hell-make-america-great-again/