‘American abyss’: Fascism historian Tim Snyder on Trump’s coup attempt, impeachment and what’s next

Democracy Now! speaks with Timothy Snyder, a historian of fascism, who says the riot at the US Capitol was “completely and utterly predictable”, given President Trump’s record of stoking extremism and undermining democratic institutions.

“The American republic is hanging by a thread because the president of the United States has sought to use violence to stay in power and essentially to overthrow our constitutional system,” says Snyder.

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Politi Scheiss
Politi Scheiss
15 Jan 2021 2.45am

A key difference between WW2, the Vietnam War and today is that the US military was a conscript military back then and an all volunteer professional military today, which attracts people with a tendency towards a certain political orientation today, and that can be dangerous.