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(41,946 posts)
Wed Jan 3, 2024, 02:26 PM Jan 2024

'An unbreakable plurality of the GOP explicitly wants fascism': defense analyst

Defense analyst Brynn Tannehill has taken a look at recent polling of Republican primary voters and has come to the sobering conclusion that many of them want former President Donald Trump to be a dictator.

Writing in the New Republic, Tannehill notes that a recent poll of GOP voters showed that Trump's Nazi-esque rhetoric about migrants "poisoning the blood" of the nation made 42 percent of respondents more likely to support him, while only 28 percent said it made them less likely to support him.

"About half of Republicans hear Trump’s rhetoric and think, 'Yes, this exactly what I want,'" he writes. "Which is to say, an unbreakable plurality of the GOP explicitly wants fascism."

"When Milton Mayer visited Germany in the early 1950s to interview former low-level members of the Nazi party, he concluded that perhaps only a million out of 70 million Germans were 'Fanatiker' (fanatics or true believers)—the rest were just along for the perks or to simply avoid unwanted scrutiny for lack of ideological purity," Tannehill explains. "In my own experience as an analyst in U.S. Central Command who studied insurgency, I estimated that you only needed 10 to 15 percent of the population to be supportive of the insurgents to get a situation like what I saw in Iraq in 2005–2006."


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(20,696 posts)
2. i have read before that...
Wed Jan 3, 2024, 02:38 PM
Jan 2024

it only takes 10% of a group…any group: pta, boy scout troop, nation, etc…

to make that group completely unmanageable.

this analysis seems to confirm that.


(5,011 posts)
3. They need the chance to experience it vicariously before choosing the real thing.
Wed Jan 3, 2024, 03:25 PM
Jan 2024

Sort of a "sample fascism".

Maybe a reality TV show, a simulation or .....?


(2,049 posts)
4. I don't think "vicariously" would even work on the MAGA idiots. They will never see the error in supporting a fascist
Wed Jan 3, 2024, 05:29 PM
Jan 2024

government until that fascist government's army comes knocking down their doors and takes away their guns and imprisons or executes anyone who tries to oppose them.

That, and only that, will give them pause and make them think, "Hmm, maybe we shouldn't have destroyed democracy after all!"


(87,672 posts)
6. A reality teevee show...
Wed Jan 3, 2024, 05:38 PM
Jan 2024

That involves conscription and mobilization to an active war zone. I could see that as sufficient.


(2,320 posts)
5. If that happens, I think we will be fighting many military conflicts in many different areas within the first year
Wed Jan 3, 2024, 05:33 PM
Jan 2024


(41,946 posts)
7. Trump as Dictator will be free to Murder
Wed Jan 3, 2024, 07:07 PM
Jan 2024

He will form Firing Squads and they may cheer prominent Democrats executions but when the Secret police come knocking on their door it will be a whole different story!

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