If Trump does runs for president again, and wins, in an election which Republican state legislatures across America are trying to rig in advance by passing election laws making it harder for American citizens of color to vote, it would not be the first time in modern history that relentless racial attacks and use of the Big Lie have led to the end of democracy in a major Western country. One only to look back to the rise of fascism in 20th century Europe.

Trump again showed how dangerous his combination of anti-immigrant racism and lies about the 2020 presidential election results are for our democracy in two recent speeches. One was at GOP rally in Iowa on October 9, when Trump ranted as follows:

"I'm telling you the single biggest issue, as bad as the border is and it's horrible, horrible what they're doing they're destroying our country, but as bad as that is, the biggest single issue...is talking about the election fraud of the 2020 presidential election."

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/10/09/trump-holds-fas-to-his-election-lies-as-the-gop-establishment-hugs-him-tighter-517752

And on October 7, on Sean Hannity's Fox News show, Trump, in one of the most openly racist comments ever made by a modern US president or ex-president, Trump ranted to the effect that allowing Haitian immigrants into the US is "like a death wish for our country."

https://businesinsider.com/trump-haitian-immigrants-entering-us-probably-have-aids-death-wish-2021-10

Trump also, repeating an old American tradition of racial attacks on non-white immigrants as "carriers of disease", also claimed that Haitian migrants to the US "probably have AIDS" - a disease which, according to statistics mentioned in the above report, affects slightly less less than 2 percent of Haiti's adult population. See an April, 2020 NIH report:

Xenophobia in America in the age of Coronavirus and Beyond

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7188638/


From the first day that Dona;d Trump announced his run for the presidency in 2015 by attacking Mexican immigrants as "criminals", "rapists" and "drug dealers", it has been no secret that he has put open racism against non-white immigrants of color at the heart of his campaigns and his presidency, During his term in office, he and Stephen Miller tried to roll back and strip away every possible legal protection they could think of, and violate ever possible human right they could identify, relating to both undocumented and legal immigrants.

Now, with Trump openly spreading his boldfaced Big Lie about 2020 "election fraud" - which soe 60 judges, including some of his own appointees, rejected as absolutely baseless, Trump is openly attacking the voting rights of brown and black US citizens.

We have seen before what happens to democracy in countries where the right to immigrate and the right to vote depend on one's race or ethnicity. Trump and the gutless Republican politicians who are now rushing to support him, in Florida, Texas, Iowa and many other GOP-dominated states, is now openly engaged in a campaign to impose a white supremacist dictatorship in America.


Americans who care about our democracy will overlook this reality at our peril.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law
Harvard College A.B.
Harvard Law School LL.B.