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Reader comment on item: More Indications of Trump's Neo-fascism

Submitted by Kepha Hor (United States), Nov 11, 2016 at 21:50

I am not a Trump fan. I would have much rather blacked a circle next to Senator Cruz' or Gov. Perry's name (thank, Texas--and I'm not a Texan). As a Christian, I find Trump's behavior lamentable. But I am not so sure he is a neo-fascist.

He wants to de-regulate business, not turn its owners into state-controlled managers.

As for threatening Hillary Clinton with jail, could it not also be the case that Loretta Lynch, in blocking an FBI investigation of Clinton's admittedly fast and loose handling of classified information (which would have gotten a lesser diplomat or military person jailed), is acting the part of a John Mitchell, only getting away with it? For younger readers, John Mitchell was Nixon's Attorney General who tried to protect other members of the administration from investigation.

Hillary Clinton also said that religions have to change their beliefs to accommodate her LGBT clients. I'm sorry, Mrs. Clinton, but I think that the Bible has been around a lot longer than the USA--and I consider myself an American patriot. Further, I believe that the men who gave us the First Amendment also hoped to protect the devout from government interference. And she would also put the Little Sisters of the Poor (and I am not a Roman Catholic) out of business if they won't pay for employees' abortions (even down to the 9th month, no less). Here, it was Hillary Clinton who was clearly the fascist.

Yes, Trump is morally compromised. But Mrs. Clinton has a very bushy tail of scandal, and her chief achievements to date seem to consist of keeping one step ahead of the law.

I've lived in flyover country a good many years, and I certainly don't think those devout (and hospitable, and kindly) folks who cling to their guns (dangerous chiefly to cans on fence posts and game in season) are necessarily bigots and deplorables. They were kind enough to my not-all-white-family, and gave us a taste for venison. It might have behooved the Party that thinks it's all about unity, inclusiveness, peace, and justice to be a little more fair minded, and to stop blaming white males for everything wrong.

I'm an old-school Evangelical Christian myself, but I'm not going to echo people like Falwell who seem to think that Trump is God's man of the hour (I cannot know that). But I held my nose and voted for him because he may prove to be a useful enough bodyguard.

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