- Chomsky has criticized both the Democrat and Republican Parties for being slavish servants of Wall Street and the 1%, but saves his harshest critiques for the GOP.
- “The fascist symptoms are there, including extreme racism, violence, worship of the leader — sent by God, according to former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — immersion in a world of ‘alternative facts’ and a frenzy of irrationality,” Chomsky warned.
- Chomsky finds it disturbing that Trumpistas are violently opposed to even acknowledging the fact that the US has had a vast history of institutionalized racism.
“Over the years, left-wing author Noam Chomsky has been vehemently critical of both Democrats and Republicans, slamming the United States’ two major political parties as servants of Wall Street, big business and the 1%. But during an interview with Truthout’s C.J. Polychroniou published on June 16, Chomsky’s criticism of the GOP went beyond his usual critiques of conservative economic policy. The Philadelphia-born Chomsky, now 92, argued that big chunks of the modern Republican Party have become “proto-fascist.”
“The fascist symptoms are there, including extreme racism, violence, worship of the leader — sent by God, according to former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — immersion in a world of ‘alternative facts’ and a frenzy of irrationality,” Chomsky warned. “Also in other ways, such as the extraordinary efforts in Republican-run states to suppress teaching in schools that doesn’t conform to their White supremacist doctrines.”
The leader Chomsky was referring to was, of course, former President Donald Trump, who is viewed by many on the far right as America’s president in exile even though he was decisively rejected in the 2020 presidential election. When Republican presidents were voted out of office in the past — Herbert Hoover in 1931, George H.W. Bush in 1992 — the GOP did not regard them as presidents in exile. But in 2021, many Republicans in Congress are afraid to say one word against Trump or even acknowledge that President Joe Biden won the 2020 election.
Fox News and other right-wing media outlets have become obsessed with critical race theory, which studies the racism of the past and the effect it has on the United States’ institutions today. Pro-Trump Republicans view critical race theory studies as an assault on white Americans in general…”
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