Graphic Representation: Echoes of a fascist past


We begin with a militant two-word theme sounded in Donald Trump’s inaugural address [emphasis added]:

We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital and in every hall of power. From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first. America first.

It’s a theme deftly captured by the editorial cartoonist for the Philadelhpia Daily News:

Signe Wilkinson: Donald Trump inauguration

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And for a look at that phrase’s deep roots, here’s are two ominous historical parallels via Russel Neiss from Dr. Seuss [Theodor Geisel] during his years as an editorial cartoonist, starting with a 1939-40 depiction of the powerful Hitler-endorsed isolationist, racist, and religiously intolerant America First lobby.

The communists are included because they also held to an isolationist policy toward Europe because of the Hitler/Stalin non-aggression pact, an agreement that last from August 1939 to June 1941, when Hitler unleashed his military against Stalin’s unprepared forces:

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The second image comes from later in 1941, with the communists now on the warpath and on the outs with America First following the invasion:

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Birgitta Jónsdóttir tweeted Trump’s personal America First policy:

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The original America First legions disbanded after the Japanese aerial attack on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor.

Bur during their heyday, celebrity icon aviator Charles Lindbergh was a prominent spokesperson, earning the Hitler regime’s highest award for a non-German citizen.

The movement also had one of the nation’s most powerful news empires as an outlet, with the papers and radio stations of William Randolph Hearst the predecessors of the Fox News propaganda machine.

Other graphic commentaries on TrumpAmerica™

We begin with a take on inaugural actions with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Mike Luckovich: UUGE!

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Another take on the protests from the Lexington Herald-Leader:

Joel Pett: Grab them by their convictions

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And from the Guardian, another take on the inaugurations:

Martin Rowson: The presidential inauguration

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From the Charlotte Observer, avarice triumphant:

Kevin Siers: Populist POTUS

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From the Chattanooga Times Free Press:

Clay Bennett: President Trump

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Next, sealing the death with the San Diego Union-Tribune:

Steve Breen: A change of logos

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From the Washington Post, Venn to begin?:

Tom Toles: The Trump administration will operate like a web-based company

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Finally, the Minneapolis Star Tribune offers a modest proposal:

Steve Sack: Tweet inhibition

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