Update, March 17, 8:55 am:

Did Trump's white supremacist attacks on immigrants as "invaders" and anti-Muslim hate lead to the New Zealand mosque massacre of 50 people?

An updated March 16 article in USA Today argues that they did. See:

New Zealand Mosque shootings: How Donald Trump, US racism contributes to hate around the world


https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2019/03/15/new-zealand=christchurch-mosque-shootings-linked-u-s-racism/5272002/

Update, Match 16, 1:10 pm:

We cannot overlook the fact that when Donald Trump calls asylum applications by desperate Central American women and children fleeing intolerable violence in their home countries "invaders", he is using the same language that the white nationalist gunman who murdered 49 mosque worshipers in New Zealand was using about immigrants in that country.

See, ThinkProgress, March 15,

Trump calls immigration at Southwest border an "invasion", echoing New Zealand gunman's rhetoric

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-invasion-immigration-new-zealand-shooter-f15927a41b1a/

What does this say about about Donald Trump's fitness, or lack of same, to hold the highest office in the land?

What does it say about the courage - or absolute lack of it - of politicians in both parties who claim to oppose him but are too cowardly to start impeachment proceedings which are becoming more urgent to same America from turning into a white nationalist dictatorship with each passing day?

Update, March 16, 6:54 am:

In his statement vetoing the Congressional resolution to overturn his authoritarian "national emergency" declaration, Trump continued the demagogic attacks on Latino and other non-white immigrants as "criminals" and "invaders" that he has been repeating without end ever since he began his run for the presidency almost four years ago.

This was his latest venomous statement on March 15 as reported by ThinkProgress:


"Last month, more than 76,000 illegal migrants arrived at our border. We're on track for a million illegal aliens to rush our borders. People hate the word 'invasion' but that's what it is. It's an invasion of drugs and criminals and people. You have no idea who they are."

The president added, without citing any evidence of truth:

"In many cases, they're stone cold criminals...they do a lot of damage in many cases."

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-invasion-immigration-new-zealand-shooter-115927a41b1a/

While similar attacks by Trump on non-white immigrants have become so commonplace that the media hardly pays attention to them any more, the reality is that they echo more than a century of white supremacist anti-immigrant hatred that began with the notorious "eugenics" movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries..

This movement, promoted by figures such as Madison Grant, maintained that whites were a superior race in danger of extinction by non-white immigration.

Adam Serwer tells the full story in an excellent, comprehensive, article in the April issue of The Atlantic Magazine called:

White Nationalism's deep American roots


https:www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/04/adam-server-madison-grant-white-nationalism/583258/

Server writes, concerning the overtly racist 1924 "national origins" quotas immigration act which many Trump supporters still look to as an ideal:

"'We have closed the doors just in time to prevent our Nordic population being overrun by the lower races.' Senator Reed announced in a New York Times op-ed."

Server also quotes Adolf Hitler as making the following statement to the New York Times a year before taking power as Germany's chancellor in 1933:

"It was America that taught us a nation should not open its doors equally to all nations."

Elsewhere, according to Serwer, Hitler states that the U.S.

"simply excludes the immigration of certain races. In these respects, America already pays obeisance, at least in tentative first steps, to the characteristic voelkish conception of the state."

As I have pointed out many times, Donald Trump is not Hitler. Trump is not in the least anti-Semitic. He does not advocate genocide, mass murder or extermination of any group of people whatsoever.

But in not only advocating, but actually enforcing, a race-based immigration system based on the belief that non-white immigrants are mainly "criminals" who should be expelled and excluded from the United States in the largest numbers possible, and in doing so by arrogating as much power to himself as Congress and the courts will let him get away with, and of which the Wall is only a symbol, Donald Trump is both looking back to the German Fuehrer's views on race and looking forward to bringing about a fascist America.


My original comment appears below.

March 14, 2019 will go down in US history as the day when a US Senate controlled by Donald Trump's own party voted against his attempt to take America further down the road to a fascist dictatorship.

12 courageous Republican Senators resisted Trump's attempt at intimidation by accusing them of supporting Nancy Pelosi. Instead, they voted with the Democrats to pass a resolution disapproving Trump's bogus "national emergency" power grab based on a fictitious "crisis" involving mainly Central American women and children who are asserting their legal rights under US law, and international human rights law, to seek asylum in the US.

Trump, of course, lost no time in announcing that he will veto the resolution, which might otherwise be a major obstacle in his drive toward one-man dictatorship.

Typical of the concern of Republican Senators who support his Wall but still oppose his authoritarian use of a "national emergency" declaration to override the will of Congress regarding Wall funding, was the following statement of Kansas Republican Senator Jerry Moran:

"I believe the use of emergency powers in this circumstance violates the constitution...This continues our country down the path of all-powerful executive - something those who wrote the constitution were fearful of."

See, The Guardian, March 14:

Trump threatens veto after senate rejects national emergency in sharp rebuke

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...ion-vote-trump

As also mentioned in The Guardian's report, the unprecedented vote by both Houses of Congress to disapprove a president's use of national emergency powers may bolster the legal case against Trump's declaration in the federal courts.


This news story is not just about Trump's "embarrassment" at being forced to use his veto against a Senate controlled by his own party. Nothing less than the future of America's democracy is at stake, as commentator Yascha Mounk warns in a February 14 slate.com article entitled:


Trump's national emergency to build his border wall is the most authoritarian move of his presidency

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/...autocracy.html

Mounk writes, with regard to Trump's national emergency declaration:


"Americans often like to imagine that their system of checks and balances is a secure bulwark against the threat of autocracy. But in reality, no set of political institutions is, in an of itself, enough to constrain a popular and power-hungry president intent on destroying the republic. One of the reasons for this is the classic problem of the state of emergency, with which political philosophers and students of the law have grappled ever since the Roman Republic."

I will have more to say about Mounk's article, and the danger posed to America's democracy by Trump's demagogic attacks on non-white immigrants as a means to seize absolute power for himself, in future comments.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law