There are a lot of problems with the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump. He’s a lot lke r/OldPeopleFacebook; taking the political rants on Facebook from your uncle and the txt sp33k, emoji-laden text messages from your mother to an entirely new extreme. You don’t need to have a look at the Fifty Percent Review to know that Donald Trump has done some dodgy things. Just Google News his name and you can see every recent controversy—from mispronouncing a country’s name, to revamping Obamacare and Planned Parenthood in negative ways, as well as sticking his finger up at Kim Jong-Un, and even a renowned primatologist comparing him to a monkey.
The problem, however, lies with those that call him a white supremacist sympathizer. Not only that, but he’s a literal Nazi! Even though literal Nazis are all in their 90s or rotting in graves. Don’t believe it? Well, Twitter, one of the most popular social media sites, does:
Simply searching the term “Nazi president” will give you the Orange Man in all his infamous glory.
Why is this such a problem?
Simple. Donald Trump, and by extension, the American Republican Party are not Nazis. They’re not even literal Nazis. They’re definitely not neo-Nazis.
Most “proof” claiming Trump and his colleagues are Nazis and white supremacist sympathizers do a lot more harm than good. By calling Trump and anyone that supports him a tool of white supremacy, you are giving more of a platform to these actual fascists. Neo-Nazis make up less of the United States population than you’d expect, and have been largely forgotten except when they rarely come out of their online (Daily Stormer, being one of them) and real-life hovels to commit crimes. These thugs are rightfully outed and criticized by almost everyone except other neo-Nazis.
By calling every person further right than you on the political spectrum a Nazi, you are giving said Nazis more power. They feel more willing to come out of the woodwork, since they think there’s more of them than actuality. People like Richard Spencer, Andrew Anglin and the lunatics with the Tiki torches, can claim to be oppressed, put the Streisand Effect into effect, and voila…They have the power to indoctrinate those who aren’t far-right but are also being called “Neo-Nazi”, into potentially becoming new neo-Nazis.
You might be saying: “If being called a Nazi turns these Nazis into Literal Nazis, then they’re probably Nazis all along”. That’s wrong. Education—which isn’t simply saying educate yourself—and understanding will come a long way in stopping alleged Alt Lite people from becoming fully-blown Alt Right.
Put simply: Calling non-white supremacists white supremacists gives the actual white supremacists and neo-Nazis more power. And who wants that? Because the actual fascists and neo-Nazis are fucking terrifying.