New Poll Shows Many Americans See Elements Of Fascism In Donald Trump's Campaign

A new HuffPost/YouGov poll shows that half of America believes that Donald Trump's campaign shows fascist undertones. Forty-five percent of independents also say Trump’s campaign has echoes of fascism, as do a full 28 percent of Republicans. In fact, only 30 percent disagree. The rest aren't sure. In addition, 27 percent of Republicans say it’s acceptable to “rough up” protesters at political events. Trump once offered to pay his supporters’ legal fees if they “knock the crap out of” protesters.

Last week in North Carolina, Trump said “The press is now going, they’re saying, ‘Oh, but there’s such violence.’ No violence. You know how many people have been hurt at our rallies? I think, like, basically none except maybe somebody got hit once." Yet, two-thirds of Americans say there’s more violence at Trump’s events than at those for other candidates, with 62 percent saying the clashes are part of a broader pattern rather than isolated incidents.

Within the GOP, a 55 percent majority of Republicans consider Trump’s events unusually violent, and 61 percent believe the violent clashes are part of a bigger pattern. The people agree that Trump fans the flames, but that generally, they blame the protesters and the media. Only 23 percent of Republicans say Trump is mostly responsible.

When it comes to protesting, Republicans are 20 points less likely than Democrats to say it’s acceptable for protesters to turn up at candidates’ rallies, and nearly twice as likely to say it’s all right for those protesters to be thrown out. The HuffPost/YouGov poll consisted of 1,000 completed interviews conducted March 14-16 among U.S. adults, using a sample selected from YouGov’s opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population.

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