Trump’s dog whistling might be more about riling up liberals

Comment: In the rush to condemn Donald Trump as a fascist – some even likening his appearance last Monday on the White House balcony to Mussolini or Hitler – liberals could be playing the very game he wants

11th October, 2020
Trump’s dog whistling might be more about riling up liberals
US President Donald Trump salutes to the Marine One helicopter from the White House balcony after returning home from receiving treatments for Covid-19 in hospital on Monday. Photo: Getty

There is no shortage of pictures of Barack Obama waving from the balcony of the White House. Yet when Donald Trump took to the balcony on Monday to salute the crew of the presidential helicopter, Marine One, who had just brought him back from hospital, liberals seized on the moment as another dog whistle for fascism.

The cable channel MSNBC called it a “Mussolini Moment”. CNN likened it to “something out of North Korea”. Filmmaker...

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