Paul Krugman: America Has Begun Its Slide Into Fascism

FILE — In this Feb. 4, 2009, file pho­to, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, left, orders approx­i­mate­ly 200 con­vict­ed ille­gal immi­grants hand­cuffed togeth­er and moved into a sep­a­rate area of Tent City, for incar­cer­a­tion until their sen­tences are served and they are deport­ed to their home coun­tries, in Phoenix. (Credit: AP Photo/​Ross D. Franklin, File)

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio proud­ly referred to his tent city prison as a “con­cen­tra­tion camp.” For decades, the for­mer sher­iff freely car­ried out his abuse and racial pro­fil­ing, ignor­ing any requests to stop, Arpaio was final­ly con­vict­ed for con­tempt of court ear­li­er this sum­mer, but the con­vic­tion last­ed bare­ly three weeks before Donald Trump par­doned him, paving the way for what Paul Krugman calls “fas­cism, American style.”

There’s a word for polit­i­cal regimes that round up mem­bers of minor­i­ty groups and send them to con­cen­tra­tion camps, while reject­ing the rule of law,” he wrote in his Monday col­umn. “What Arpaio brought to Maricopa, and what the pres­i­dent of the United States has just endorsed.”

It’s not hard to under­stand why Trump would be eager to par­don Arpaio. The pres­i­dent fawns over dic­ta­tors like Duterte and Putin, and accus­es immi­grants of being rapists. Of course he’d love the idea of a strong­man flour­ish­ing in an American coun­ty. In addi­tion, Krugman point­ed out, “the par­don is a sig­nal to those who might be tempt­ed to make deals with the spe­cial inves­ti­ga­tor as the Russia probe clos­es in on the White House: Don’t wor­ry, I’ll pro­tect you.” Read more here: http://​www​.salon​.com/​2​0​1​7​/​0​8​/​2​9​/​p​a​u​l​-​k​r​u​g​m​a​n​-​a​m​e​r​i​c​a​-​h​a​s​-​b​e​g​u​n​-​i​t​s​-​s​l​i​d​e​-​i​n​t​o​-​f​a​s​c​i​s​m​_​p​a​r​t​n​er/