Holger Stark, Der Spiegel’s Washington Bureau chief, attempts to understand Trumpery. A snippet (emphasis added):
Trump, like Europe’s right-wing populists, is betting on aggressive nationalism as a response to this sense of victimhood and the complexities of globalization. At his campaign rallies, the seats shake when tens of thousands of fans collectively bellow their response to the question of who will pay for the border wall: “Mexico!” Trump’s supporters cheer when he threatens to punch protestors in the face. And they seem to have been waiting for someone to finally promise to deport — with force, if necessary –the 11 million illegal immigrants from Central and South America. By breaking social taboos, Trump’s appearances resemble the “rallies of fascist leaders who pantomimed the wishes of their followers and let them fill in the text,” Jeffrey Herf, a political science professor at the University of Maryland and expert on Nazi Germany, recently wrote in the American Interest magazine.
This aggressive nationalism is paired with an absurd authoritarianism. Indeed, there is something operatic about Trump promising his voters that after he wins the election, his first official act will be to call the CEO of Ford and force him to move his auto plants from Mexico back to the United States within 48 hours — not to mention his vow to force Apple to stop making iPhones in China. But Trump’s words have made an impact.
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