The world is now in a state of horror and shock from Putin's brutal invasion of Ukraine, which is aimed at extinguishing democracy in that country and threatening to impose fascism throughout all of Europe, as Hitler did in beginning with his takeover of Czechoslovakia in 1938. As Robert Kagan of the Brookings Institution writes in the Washington Post, Putin's ambitions go far beyond subjugating Ukraine, but include all of Eastern Europe, with the extinction of western-style democracy as his ultimate goal.

At the same time,, as Kagan also writes, Donald Trump, who now paises Putin as a "genius" for his invasion of Ukraine and is calling for a full Putin-style military style attack against immigrants at the US-Mexico border, can only be understood as the leader of a fascist movement in the US.

What do Putin and Trump have in common as fuel for their wish to destroy democracy? The answer is clear: anti-immigrant hatred, as Newsweek wrote almost three years ago, on June 28, 2019. See:

Vladimir Putin Praises Trump's Anti-Immigrant Policy, Claims Migrants 'Can Kill,Plunder, and Rape with Impunity'

Fast forward to the present: Former US Secretary of Labor and now columnist Robert Reich writes the following about Putin's invasion of Ukraine in The Guardian (February 24):

"Putin's means of keeping western liberal democracy at bay isn't just to invade Ukraine, of course, It's also to stoke division inside the west by fueling racist nationalsim in western Europe and the United States. In this, Trump and Trumpism continue to be Putin's most important ally."

What does Reich mean by "racist nationalism?" There can be no doubt that this includes the hatred of minority immigrants that Trump and his friend Putin both share.

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