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Riding a big wave

Reader comment on item: There's a Name for Trump's Brand of Politics: Neo-fascism
in response to reader comment: Trump is NOT a fascist by any stretch of imagination

Submitted by Charles (Netherlands), May 9, 2016 at 13:57

I agree wholeheartedly with you Satya. As a matter of fact, the more I watch and listen to Trump, the more I am convinced. I've looked into his past, going way back. He's on record on a lot of things. Youtube is full of stuff on Trump. His consistency is impressive to say the least. But whatever one thinks of him, the fascist stamp does not stick. No way.

He's a lot of things. One thing we also must remember: the guy is new at this game on this level. Anybody would get a bit giggly, seeing the respons he's getting. I mean, he's just about being carried off on a huge tidal wave of populism mixed with patriotism, frustration, exhilaration and lot's more. People are connecting massively with the man so it's not such a surprise that Trump was riding really high for a while. Give the man a brake. Even he didn't think this was going to explode like it did. He tapped into the motherlode and almost got shot in outer space!

In the core Trump is a success story of itself. Sure he's a bit abrasive, a bit of a braggart, a bit self centered etc etc, sure he's got all these sides to him, but looking more closely, one can find other sides to the man. For one, the guy is as smart as whip. Nobody pulls the wool over his eyes. I guess that makes him a threat to a lot established career politicians and other state officials. I find his rise truly fascinating. If he goes 'all the way', it should prove to be quite a ride. I can't wait to see who's going to get into the Trump cabinet. Should be a very potent mix!

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