Despite his authoritarian tendencies, Donald Trump never came close to dragging us into fascism. But he did drag us further toward a xenophobic, anti–working-class, right-wing-populist abyss. Those forces will continue to destroy American and global politics — if we don’t take them on and defeat them.
Christopher Vials is an associate professor of English at the University of Connecticut–Storrs, where he is director of American studies. He is the author of Haunted by Hitler: Liberals, the Left, and the Fight Against Fascism in the United States and co-editor of The US Anti-Fascism Reader.