Pre-fascism & the Muslim question

Print edition : March 03, 2017

Outside Philadelphia International Airport in Pennsylvania, a protest against Trump’s travel ban, on January 29. Photo: CHARLES MOSTOLLER/REUTERS

Steve Bannon, Trump’s Chief Strategist, at the White House on February 7. Photo: AL DRAGO/NYT

Michael Flynn, National Security Adviser, at a White House briefing. Photo: STEPHEN CROWLEY/NYT

Gen. James Mattis, Secretary of Defence, just before his swearing-in on January 27. Photo: Olivier Douliery/Bloomberg

Gen. John F. Kelly at the hearing on his nomination to be Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Photo: MOLLY RILEY/AFP

Jared Kushner. He is Trump’s son-in-law and his other chief strategist. Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP

Betsy DeVos. She was nominated as Education Secretary after Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote. Photo: Molly Riley/AP

Students from Pittsburgh schools gather at the market square to protest against Betsy DeVos’ nomination. Photo: Darrell Sapp/AP

John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons in the United Kingdom. He said he would oppose Trump addressing the Houses of Parliament during his state visit to the U.K. Photo: AFP

Senator Elizabeth Warren. She was barred from saying anything more on the Senate floor about Attorney General-designate Jeff Sessions after she quoted from an old letter from Martin Luther King Jr’s wife about Sessions. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP

President Donald Trump, backed by the Bannons and the Flynns, will overreach and try to erect a pre-fascist state. Islamophobia and a broad hatred of the non-white immigrant seem to be the two key themes in the early days of the presidency, as they were during the campaign. But the storm of opposition will also be great.
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