UPDATE: November 30, 2016…I have changed the title of this post to reflect the new name for Trump’s current tour, formerly called the “Victory Tour,” now called the “Thank You” tour.
The New York Times is reporting that Trump is just aching to stay in touch with his peeps even though he is a “homebody.” (Note: This is another of those stories we’re hearing that are aimed at “normalizing” Trump.)
Yes, while he needs adulation as his drug of choice, the really important thing is to get out and meet his followers…yes, it is sweetly “old-fashioned.” Normal Rockwell would be proud!
Donald Trump Prepares for White House Move, but His Tower May Still Beckon
Returning home to Trump Tower from the White House may not be Mr. Trump’s only embrace of the familiar. His aides say he has also expressed interest in continuing to hold the large rallies that were a staple of his candidacy. He likes the instant gratification and adulation that the cheering crowds provide, and his aides are discussing how they might accommodate his demand.
“I think Trump has discovered that these rallies are tremendous opportunities for him to get his message out,” said Christopher Ruddy, chief executive of Newsmax Media, a conservative website. “It’s actually sort of old-fashioned, that you want to actually meet people and press the flesh with him.”
Now, apart from wondering if Trump is actually going to do any work himself or just past it all to his staff while he gets his “rally rush,” one has to wonder what these rallies will be like.
Will he go for the straight “Rant Rally,” in the classic style of Benito Mussolini? After all, way back in February 2016, the BBC reported that Trump had re-tweeted a quote from Mussolini...http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35682844
The glue that held the Fascist regime together was Mussolini’s cult of personality. Fascism never developed into a coherent doctrine, recognizing itself best by what it was against: Fascism meant antiliberalism, antisocialism, antifeminism, and, after 1938, anti-Semitism. For the general public, Fascism acquired real meaning in the larger-than-life figure of Il Duce. A vast propaganda machine directed by the Ministry of Popular Culture churned out newsreels, radio broadcasts, and newspaper stories glorifying Mussolini. The Fascist Party choreographed huge rallies at Mussolini’s Roman headquarters at Piazza Venezia, where Mussolini harangued the crowds with rousing speeches. A common propaganda axiom held that “Il Duce is always right,” and that youth should learn to “Believe, obey, fight.” Mussolini’s posturing lent itself to a kaleidoscope of propagandist images: Il Duce as family man, photographed with his five children; Renaissance talent playing the violin; hero of the peasants, harvesting grain bare-chested; brave commander in chief flying a fighter plane. Mussolini reached the peak of his personal popularity when he led Italy to victory over the Ethiopian empire in May 1936.
Then there is the rally based not only on oratory, but also on true spectacle and staging, rallies not just composed of run-of-the-mill large crowds. This type of rally would really ramp up Trump’s mainlining of adoration and leave his supporters in awe. Scrolling through pictures of the Nazi Party Congresses, it’s really very hard to choose which one would be most appropriate.
The Terrifying Spectacle of the Nuremberg Rallies in Germany
The Nazi Party relied on spectacle to impress German citizens and wow true believers. Beginning in 1933, once Adolf Hitler ruled the country, the annual rally in Nuremberg became a shining example of the power of German propaganda. Each year, the rallies grew larger and more impressive, and Hitler’s speeches became progressively more sinister. The rally in 1939, scheduled to begin on September 2, was cancelled at the last moment—Hitler and Germany had invaded Poland the day before.
The ever-popular “Cathedral of Light” (introduced in 1934) would certainly inspire all Trump fans, even those evangelicals who love Trump’s sincere religious beliefs…
But the 1937 “Rally for Labor” style would really appeal to all his working-class followers because it celebration of the “reduction of unemployment in Germany after the Nazi rise to power. It had fallen from 6 million at its peak to 1 million. Hitler did this by emphasizing manual labor, restricting companies from using labor-saving machinery, and keeping wages low.” Yeah, that “keeping wages low” bit is right in keeping with Trump at one point telling his followers that Americans were getting paid too much.
But who could forget the 1935 Nuremberg Rally? This was the rally at which “Hitler introduced the Nuremberg Laws, which prohibited Jews from marrying Germans, and declared that only people with German blood (not Jewish) could be German citizens.” Thousands of soldiers stood at attention during this homage to purity…and the racial “purists” these days are out in full force post-election going after black people, Muslims, and…oh, but we haven’t seen them pushing around any more cerebral palsy victims… yet…
So, on Inauguration Day, what will happen? Why settle for this…
When we can have this?
San Diego, May 28 2016– Trump supporters pepper spray protesters
Virginia Beach, Va. October 22, 2016
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