To the editor:
The “fully activated” William Barr has reportedly sent unmarked government agents into crowds of protesters in Washington to search out anti-fascist sympathizers. If they searched my house — and at this rate, who knows where we’ll be in a couple of months? — they would find undeniable evidence of my sympathies: two triangular wooden boxes with glass fronts displaying tightly, precisely folded U.S. flags. Both my father and my father-in-law fought alongside “thousands and thousands of heavily armed troops” to defeat fascist lies, genocide and a worldwide reign of terror. For a time. This honor is inscribed on their tombstones.
Donald Trump sees our country not as one nation governed by democratic rule of law, but as a “battle space” to be dominated by police and military brutality, an attitude he shares with the world leaders he most admires: Vladimir Putin, Victor Orban, Jair Bolsonaro, Mohammad bin Salman, Rodrigo Duterte, Kim Jong-Un. I don’t think my father would call Trump a fascist, though. I think he would use another word, one that begins with t.