The Trump Coup: An American Autocratic Movement

Steve Schmidt, the former 2008 McCain Campaign Manager has broken down the 7 aspects of Trumpism in a 13 tweets thread. Read it here in one easy-to-view format. #SchmidtStorm. He writes, “Trumpism is an American autocratic movement with fascistic markers. There are seven specific parts that comprise its core.”

#3 states:

3. ELITES: All autocratic movements fuse an unholy alliance between society’s elites and losers. It is a coalition of convenience between two groups who despise each other, yet need each other. The boundless cynicism of the elites and the endless grievances of the losers becomes an unbreakable cement. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz are perfect examples. Hawley graduated from Stanford and Yale Law School. He taught at Oxford and clerked for the Chief Justice of the United States. Ted Cruz graduated from Princeton and Harvard Law School. They have become completely faithless to their oaths and American democracy in the name of their ambition. They have no convictions, only self-interest.”

A must read that provides a concise description of the chaos being led by the current sitting President and the threat against America.


Editor’s Note: Steve Schmidt is one of the founding members of the Lincoln Project. He is a communications and public affairs strategist who has worked on several Republican campaigns, including John McCain’s 2008 bid for the White House, and he is now a regular political contributor to MSNBC.