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"Trump and Johnson have in common that they have been able to take advantage of a world of post-truth and post-shambles"
Boris Johnson and Donald Trump at the UN Headquarters in New York, September 2017. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP

IThere was a time when the left loved Ronald Reagan. The American president was blowing this ultra-liberal wind that would mark the 1980s, like Margaret Thatcher in Britain. But listen to his latest speech as President of the United States: even with the shadow of his recently revealed remarks in which he called African leaders "monkeys" "You will be struck by his empathy and his vision on the role of his country in the world. He quotes in particular the extract of a letter that he had received: "If you're going to live in France, you do not become French anyway. If you live in Germany, Turkey, Japan, you do not necessarily become German, Turkish or Japanese. But if you come from any corner of the earth to live in America, you become American. AT" Just reading this sentence by Reagan is enough to take the measure of the precipice in which America fell by reading Donald Trump.

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The last time Trump talked about Reagan, it was in a tweet (forced), to pretend that he was now more popular than the latter in real life. © publicans. We will never hear him use one of the words pronounced by Ronald Reagan, this right-wing man who belonged to the same party as him. Compare Reagan's conception of America as a land of welcome and freedom with the triumphant nationalism and narcissism of Donald Trump. Compare his gratitude to the immigrants who make the richness of this great country with Trump's despicable attacks against foreigners (three of whom were born in the United States and there were spent all their life) and how to invite them to return "In their country" â € "the eternal rhetoric of racists and fascists. Say that in front of an excited crowd and enjoy hearing it repeat, like Trump did, screaming, "Send them home! AT", it's nothing but racism. These are the seeds of fascism.

President by accident

Trump clearly shows a fascist tendency. It is certainly contained by institutions stronger than him, for the moment. Certainly, his ascension to power as his way of exercising it differs from the dictators of recent history: Trump is motivated by no ideology other than that of his own fame. and his fortune, and his political opinions change according to circumstances. His book The Art of the Deal (Random House, 1987, translated into French The pleasure of businessErgo press, 1988) is nothing like a manifesto for world domination, and his victory at the presidency of the United States is something of an accident.

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