eacao, on 15 Apr 2021 - 09:04 AM, said:
It's a provocative statement because of the, effectively, "evil" place 'fascist' holds in public discourse--and largely rightly so. But it's not a particularly accurate statement and it's pretty counterproductive. While I might be wrong, I think people who say that sort of thing are venting, and it's not useful. If a person cared about making anything better, they wouldn't say it.
If you can define fascism, which it is possible to do (an authoritarian, nationalistic right-wing system of government that enforces its own idea of a "return to tradition"), then you can call people fascists with various degrees of accuracy.
One need not be a tinpot dictator to want fascism, whether you know it or not. If you believe society is degenerate and notions like tradition, family and god are beset from internal and external enemies that ought to be weeded out, sorry but those are fascist beliefs. Even if you aren't a fascist, you can unwittingly hold fascist beliefs and help people down the insidious fascist pipeline.
Trump surrounded himself with fascists (Steven Bannon, Stephen Miller, Shaun Spicer) and bolstered the voices of fascists (OAN, Kaitlyn Bennet, Tucker Carlson) and while he probably doesn't think he's a fascist, he helped the American fascist movement along considerably, to the point that they were emboldened enough to stage an attempted coup in D.C. on January 6th.
That young woman might be cringe af but she isn't wrong. You don't have to be cool-headed to be based, and no I won't just stop using a word because there's a tendency for people to use it hyperbolically.