SNL is the latest in a series of television shows, pundits, and personalities making the parallel between Trump’s campaign style and the nationalistic fervor of 1930’s European fascism.
SNL’s ‘Racists for Trump’ ad introduces us to seemingly ordinary Americans listing their support of Trump. While they mimic empty slogans like “because he’s a real winner,” “he’s authentic,” and “he’s the only one who has actually created jobs,” the racism of its speakers is slowly revealed in the Nazi insignia they wear and don.
The skit’s idyllic views of middle American ending with a logger going about his business while hooded members of the Klu Klux Klan burn a cross is the epitome of irony. Sadly, SNL’s mock-up skewering is not too far from reality. At a real-life rally in Orlando, Florida, Trump asked his supporters to raise their hands in a show of loyalty to the Donald.
I’ve never done this before. Can I have a pledge? A swearing? Raise your right hand.
— Independent Journal (@INJO) March 6, 2016