Criticising Donald Trump is apparently a major industry. Fareed Zakaria, the serial plagiarist, rants about Trump being less than completely truthful. Psychologists, flaunting their PhDs and ethical commitments, claim that Trump is suffering from Narsisistic Personality Disorder, without having examined him, violating the Goldwater Rule. Brent Budowsky, without any concern for factual accuracy, smears Trump as a fascist through guilt by association. You can read his sloppy hit-piece here.
Mr Budowsky assumes the moral high ground. He pitches his attack against Trump on the basis that he has spoken to, or expressed a willingness to speak to, a number of leaders who have poor records on human rights and the rule of law. He frames his attack with a blatantly dishonest rhetorical flourish that links Trump to Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, etc. Yet even in this fantasy, Budowsky cannot even get his facts correct. For example, he claims that Mussolini came to power by his March on Rome - which is simply factually incorrect. Mussolini was appointed by the king before the March on Rome, which was simply a piece of political theatre.
Of course, it is Trump's words about Russia and President Putin that is Budowsky's real target. Even here, Budowsky cannot get his facts right. He claims that Russia invaded the Ukraine, which never happened. Rather what did happen was the US supported a coup d'etat by Stepan Bandera idolising neo-Nazis. One of their first acts was to abolish Victory Day, the commemoration of the defeat of Nazi Germany. Budowsky also claims that Russia annexed Crimea. Again, it never happened. What actually happened was the people of Crimea saw who had taken control of the Ukraine. They held a referendum and overwhelmingly voted to leave the Ukraine and join Russia. Mr Budowsky is trying to paint Trump as fascist, who is opposed to democracy and human rights, yet Budowsky would lie to deny the people of Crimea their rights. Mr Budowsky would lie to cover up the US support under Obama for neo-Nazis.
Mr Budowsky, on the basis of some contradictory campaign comments, accuses Trump of supporting torture. Yet he seems to conveniently forget that the US has engaged in torture, that there are American elected officials and others who are guilty of committing torture, rather than simply saying they think it works (it doesn't). He has apparently forgotten that those responsible for torture were all shielded by Obama, with the callous throw away, "We tortured some folks".
Indeed, Mr Budowsky is highly selective when it comes to facts and outrage. In all the reprehensible leaders that he cites, Budowsky fails to mention the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The silence speaks volumes. Budowsky could not care less about human rights, the rule of law and democracy. These are simply rhetorical tools, a means of attacking Trump. If Budowsky really cared about human rights, the rule of law and democracy, he would have made a point of describing the record of the House of Saud - but they are a major supporter of the Democrats.