Fascism. I cannot think of anything else but black. Black was its colour, and black were the times in which fascism was an actual regime. We all have seen the images of Donald Trump and Melania leaving the White House for the last time, and most of us felt a great feeling of hope. Hope that the new and 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden, would stop one of the most powerful countries in the world from drowning under the fascist wave that tore through during Trump’s presidency.
However, now that the celebrations are settling down, we are left with a question: would this be possible? Would a new whole presidency make up for what Trump did? Trump’s presidency started on the 20th of January 2017 and ended on the 20th of January 2021. Although he failed to win the re-elections, his popularity among American citizens is still quite high, with a percentage of approvals of 38.6%. A bit scary if you ask me, considering how controversial his presidency has been. I find that the most controversial feature of it was his struggle in bringing the country together after tragedies and his continuous highlighting race relations and white supremacy.
I find it almost unbelievable that in 2021 we are still talking about race hierarchies and violent nationalism, which remind me of the pre- Second World War era when Benito Mussolini raised high the fascist flag in Italy, creating a climate of terror for whoever did not agree with his distorted views of nationalism and power. The rest is well-known history. What really struck me, is that although fascism is now prosecutable by law in Italy, and the country, after WWII, has been run by democratic parties mostly, the movement is still deeply rooted in Italian culture.
Taking Italy as an example, I find it difficult to imagine that in the US would be any different, considering the high percentage of citizens who still believe in fascist views. We just need to do little research to make ourselves a list of all Donald Trump’s failures, during his presidency, and we have every right to point our disappointed fingers at the man. But the question here is whether the end of Trump’s presidency would be enough to end discourses of fascism in the US, and my answer is probably not. That is because certain views and thoughts are rooted in these people’s minds, and in order to eradicate them, we need way more than a new democratic president of the United States.
Image courtesy of Matthew T Rader.