Republican politicians have rejected claims that Donald Trump’s regime is descending into fascism after he was pictured gleefully dumping the bodies of 500 Mexican children into a mass grave.
Trump has faced criticism for his increasingly abrasive language and the hostile atmospheres he encourages at his rallies, but suggestions that these are pretty obvious signs of classic fascism have been dismissed as hyperbole.
“You can’t frame the whole presidency around this one small instance of mass burial,” press secretary Stephanie Grisham said.
“It’s extremely disrespectful to those who died at the hands of fascists in the 20th century to compare then and now, since we’re not clearing anything like the same numbers in our detention centres.
“There are no silly outfits or moustaches and everybody knows the first sign of fascism is that it comes marching down your street with guns.
“Anyway, the mass rallies and military parades might be a tad unorthodox, but that’s just his style – he’s a showman!”
Ilhan Omar, who has been the target of Mr Trump’s recent tirades and the much criticised ‘send her home’ chanting, expressed relief that the issue has been cleared up.
“I’m grateful to the Republican party for clarifying that this is definitely not fascism or indeed racism and that we shouldn’t worry about it,” she said.
“Here I was, worrying about my safety, after thousands of people chanted to send me home having been whipped into a frenzy by the President, but it turns out it was nothing to be concerned about after all.
“Seems like he’s right – I am a total fool!”