Haven’t you met natural fascists? Don’t give me the salesman b.s. about “I’ve never met a man I didn’t like.” You know who they are, even if they are only latent fascists. A matter of personality? It’s too broad a phenomenon for that. It’s population wide and pervasive.
Let’s summarize what state we are in now: one presidential candidate’s party and supporters believe, some sincerely and some in a cynical move to curry favor with the cult leader, that their candidate really won by a huge margin and the election was stolen. Large numbers of election officials and volunteers are not only harassed but stalked. When armed persons show up outside their house and the police are called, the police either do not respond or drag their feet; when these terrorists send them the locations of their children’s schools to strike fear in them, the police do not investigate or do so only perfunctorily. Beyond election officials, volunteers, elected officials of the state, school board members who do not support the bizarre, ahistorical approach to curriculum these fascists want installed, are similarly terrorized.
OK. Well, you know, maybe there really isn’t that many of them and maybe those police departments are just overloaded and short on manpower. Then point out to me one Republican politician who has spoken out against these fascist tactics. Don’t waste your time, you can’t. The whole party is complicit. When the Third Reich fell and East Germany collapsed, we didn’t look for ‘good’ Nazis and ‘good’ Communists; we looked at their membership in the party apparatus (in Russian apparatchiki) and condemned them for that even though many no doubt joined just to get a job or into a university. They still supported it all.
That is why they are fascists. Ignore them and make excuses for them at our peril.