The appointment of Steve Bannon as Senior Counselor and Chief Strategist in the Trump White House removes any lingering doubts about Trump. He is a fascist, quite simply, and an existential threat to democracy in the United States. Please spare me any nonsense about how America is not now a democracy because of this or that or the other. If you cannot see the difference between Trump and Obama, or Trump and George W. Bush, or Trump and Hillary Clinton, then we do not have a useful conversation to engage in. More than twenty of my European relatives were murdered in the death camps by the Nazis. Will Trump come for the Jews this time? No. he will come for the Latino and Latina Americans, he will come for the gay and lesbian and bisexual Americans, he will come for any woman who needs to terminate a pregnancy. And he will wrap the viciousness in populist bunting, dramatically declining to take a salary -- cheered on by people with hate in their hearts and rage on their faces.
It is now perfectly clear who my comrades are and who my enemies are. My comrades are those who choose to fight Trump, from whatever economic or religious or ideological standpoint. My enemies are those who support him for any reason, those who trim, those who compromise, those who say "on the one hand, but then again on the other hand."
What is to be done? I do not know, beyond what I have said. There are more important people than I who will lead the struggle, and I shall fall in line behind them, supporting them in any way I can. One of our greatest enemies is the delusion that this is all regrettable but normal, no more than the usual ebb and flow of partisan advantage in a representative republic.