Time to Add the Republican Party to the Domestic Terrorism Watchlist

The terrorism we feared after 9/11 has now come to America but it came from within — it’s time to crush it

Thom Hartmann
6 min readFeb 28, 2021


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It’s time for American media to tell the truth about what’s happening in the GOP: As the Republican Party continues to embrace Donald Trump and his white supremacist fascist ideology, that party is making the transition into a full-blown domestic-terror-supporting organization.

No American political party should ever condone terrorists within its ranks. Prior to the 1960s, the Democratic Party allowed racist terrorists from the Klan into its ranks, even electing some to the House and Senate. Since then, the GOP has picked up the white supremacist vote. And, now, the terrorists who inevitably go along with supremacist racial doctrines have shown up as well.

Today Donald Trump will step onto a Nazi-rune-themed stage in Florida and proclaim his absolute dominance over the Republican Party.

That same Nazi rune, among others, is often carried or worn by followers of Trump because he has presided over a four-year transition of a large part of the Republican Party from an American “conservative” political party to a fascist party that supports strongman rule and rejects democracy in a constitutional republic.

A few Republicans, like Liz Cheney and Mitt Romney, have openly called out Trump’s lurch toward fascism. Even Mitch McConnell, for a few days, spoke out about Donald Trump‘s role in attempting to overthrow American democracy, although, as is common in countries making a rapid transition to fascism, he has now backed down and is again bending his knee to the strongman leader.

But even the few remaining elected Republican officials who are willing to call out Trump’s Big Lie that he won the election and his embrace of strongman government have been reluctant to point to the white supremacy that has been at the core of his life and ideology and now has become the foundational tenant of the modern Republican Party.

Republicans in over 30 states have introduced legislation just in the past 10 weeks specifically designed to make it harder for Black and brown people to vote. Republican…



Thom Hartmann

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