Trump’s Rhetoric is Taking Us Back to 20th Century Fascism

And Biden’s tone-deaf approach to the catastrophe in Gaza is only improving Trump’s chances of winning

Sikander Hayat Khan
7 min readNov 23, 2023


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The former president, to no one’s surprise, is deliberately making use of fascistic language to rouse emotions and cloud the judgements of his own supporters. Statements like, “We will root out the communists, Marxists, fascists and the radical left thugs that live like vermin within the confines of our country” are part of a consciously and systematically formulated strategy intended to pour gasoline on the fire that is the American culture war, and — make no mistake — it’s gearing up to prove more dangerous than it was the last time around.

But before I move onto other things he wants to do, it’s worth spending a moment deconstructing that statement in the first paragraph. There are three parts to that quote in particular that help illustrate it’s something right out of a 20th century European fascist’s playbook.

  • We will root out
  • That live like vermin
  • Within the confines of our country

This statement, in no uncertain terms, reads like something out of 1930s Germany. It speaks of an intention to find you…



Sikander Hayat Khan

Essays on U.S. politics and the Middle East. Law and politics grad. Masters in Law. Published in The Friday Times.