The sad and twisted tale of Donald Trump’s rise has taken an even darker turn. After Trump supporters provoked a conflict with Sanders protesters and got a rally shut down in Chicago, his rabid followers took to Twitter to begin organizing a “militia” – the Lion’s Guard – to defend Trump supporters and rallies against “leftist agitators.” Calling themselves the “red caps” (in reference to Trump’s iconic Make America
Hate Great Again red hats), the parallels to Adolf Hitler’s Stormtroopers (Sturmabteilung or SA or “Brownshirts”), which was created to protect Nazi rallies from protesters, are too many to ignore.
Just take, for instance, this description of Hitler’s second recruitment rally:
Some 130 people attended; there were hecklers, but Hitler’s military friends promptly ejected them by force, and the agitators “flew down the stairs with gashed heads.”
They have already been deciding on uniforms (they prefer Hugo Boss, according to one website; Boss was notorious for designing the uniforms of the dreaded Schutzstaffel, the SA’s replacement that eventually would run the genocidal death camps); the domain name trumpstaffel.com has been registered, and while Trump supporters insist that it’s going to be a peaceful organization, American neo-Nazis are ecstatic at the chance to don a uniform in the name of Trump and white supremacy. The Twitter accounts have already been deactivated, but it’s only a matter of time before they return. Most of the discussion revolves around protecting Trump rallies from “Communist” and “Zionist” instigators.
It seems like not a day passes without Donald Trump and his supporters inching themselves closer and closer to embracing full-blown fascism; despite their protests of being unfairly smeared, you cannot deny that the similarities aren’t there – and aren’t absolutely terrifying.
Can any lawyers who are Trump supporters please DM me? Looking to form an attorney network to defend members of @wearelionsguard.
— Josh Smith (@Ebolamerican) March 12, 2016
Some supporters are already reveling at the thought of violence.
— The Reactionary Tree (@ReactionaryTree) March 13, 2016
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.