Fascists Don’t Wear Masks: The World According To Amanda Marcotte

Fascists Don’t Wear Masks: The World According To Amanda Marcotte

Fascists Don’t Wear Masks: The World According To Amanda Marcotte

Everything is fascist when it comes to President Trump in the world of Amanda Marcotte of Salon. Why is Trump a fascist? Because he, and his staffers,once again, refused to wear a mask. Fascists, they are!

The latest derp-drip from Marcotte comes after the President visited the Honeywell factory in Arizona and oops-did not wear a mask! Mike Pence didn’t wear a mask when he visited the Mayo Clinic, either. Amanda Marcotte’s conclusion in all of this? If you don’t choose to wear a mask in public, you must be a fascist:

Ultimately, the rejection of mask-wearing really goes back to the fact that Trump, Ingraham and their most faithful followers are guided by fascist impulse, even when they don’t or can’t articulate a fully fleshed-out fascist ideology. Above all other things, the fascist personality is one that rejects even the possibility of sickness. To wear a mask is to publicly admit that one’s body is suspectible to illness, which is coded as ‘weak’ and therefore unacceptable.”-Amanda Marcotte, Salon

Marcotte backs up her claim by providing supporting evidence from Natascha Strobl, an Austrian political scientist who is an expert in far-right organizing and rhetoric. There’s a word for you. Organizing. What does an Austrian political scientist say about this? Glad you’ve asked. Strobl says that in the “fascist narrative, men aren’t men anymore-but nervous, urban, overly intellectualized and (here it comes) sickly weaklings.”

Sounds about right, don’t you think? Because conforming to wearing a mask, even if it is a useless, filterless, piece of cloth in order to conform with the new social norm is not a product of fascist policy in the least.

Fascism, according to Merriam-Webster: a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition

Let’s examine the word dictatorial, shall we? The President recently left opening up state economies in the hands of the governors, encouraging governors to use their judgement and data to reopen their states safety. But some governors have extremely exercised their overreach in these policies. They have set up hotlines for community members to tattle on businesses that are not following orders. They have sent local police departments out to break up a family getting some fresh air out in the open. They are slapping fines on people who open their businesses and threatening to take away licenses and their ability to operate. THIS is not coming from the right. THIS is coming from far-left policy. So yeah, Marcotte. Let’s talk about who are the true fascists here.

To wear a mask, in other words, indicates a belief that your personal body can become infected. A fascist-minded person like Trump cannot admit such a thing, either because he genuinely believes he is too strong to be affected by the virus or because he fears looking weak in public.”-Amanda Marcotte

Here’s another reason why Trump is a fascist. He does not wear a mask when speaking into a microphone. Neither do his sycophants at Fox News, she says. Neither does Jim Acosta of CNN when he’s spitting mad at the President and arguing with him at Coronavirus briefings. Neither do any of the anchors at MSNBC. Neither did Jay Inslee at his press conference yesterday where he cited “data” and “science” in the form of cartoon dials as his reasons for holding off on opening businesses in the state. Neither did many of these overreaching governors when they warned us that we would be “grounded” if we decide to disobey their orders.

Personally, I have had it up to here with the mask-shaming. And, I’ve had it up to here covering the asses of “nervous, urban, overly-intellectualized, sickly weaklings” and them calling the non-mask-wearing population fascists. This virus and the fear-mongering around this has been perfect breeding grounds for these types of people. With that being said, I am required to wear a mask and gloves on my one day in the office at work and will happily do it if it gives people piece of mind even though I snot all over the place underneath and have difficulty breathing. But as I do not give the side-eye to individuals who choose to wear masks in their own cars, I would hope that the mob wouldn’t give me the death stare for not wearing one outside, where I am social distancing myself from others who are not in my immediate family circle.

That was not the case last week when my family and I went to a food truck in our neighborhood. Up walks hipster guy with stretched ears and a full mask, casting his gaze down at the fascists who chose to remain uncovered in the open air. What did this jackass do when he had to cough? He took off the very mask that was supposed to protect others and hacked up a lung! Excuse me while I don’t buy into their righteous claims of “trying to protect other Americans”. These people ARE weak and are only about protecting themselves. They don’t give two loads of horse dung about anybody else.

Even before Trump started to make a big show out of not wearing a mask, it was common, at least in my South Philadelphia neighborhood, to see MAGA-hat-clad white men walking around without masks, delivering contemptuous sneers to the rest of us suckers who are covering our noses and mouths.”-Amanda Marcotte

South Philly. She’s so tough. Could it be, perhaps, because you cast the first contemptuous sneer, you hateful troll? I somehow find it hard to believe that Ms. Marcotte would politely ignore a MAGA-hat-wearing white man and walk on past him, sick weakling that she is. Fascists. In her eyes, a mask is a noble effort to prevent others from catching whatever it is she may be carrying. In that case, perhaps duct tape would be a better option.

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  • Scott says:

    “fascist narrative, men aren’t men anymore-but nervous, urban, overly intellectualized and (here it comes) sickly weaklings.”.. Amazing how you can substitute “feminist” of “fascist” and the rest of the sentence still fits…

    Yeah, no question that Ms. Marcotte is a master of projection… and you’re 100% correct Lisa, MANDATING the wearing of masks is what’s really fascist….

    • Dana says:

      Asking people to wear masks while in public is certainly legal and acceptable, but ordering them to do so is not. And that’s why so many Fascist Democratic Governors have done so; they believe that voluntary compliance won’t be 100%, so they issue authoritarian orders, without the slightest concept that people are more likely to not comply when ordered to do so rather than asked to do so.

  • Darleen Click says:

    it was common, at least in my South Philadelphia neighborhood, to see MAGA-hat-clad white men walking around without masks, delivering contemptuous sneers to the rest of us

    I’ll take things that never happened for $200, Alex.

    • Scott says:

      Actually, having grown up around South Philly, it may well be true Darleen… Thing is, she probably got the same sneer from the same people years before they had MAGA hats.. I doubt seriously her ridiculous attitudes go over well in the predominantly Italian neighborhood… (take a look at pre-2000 Mummers Parade videos to get a feel for the place)

  • Dana says:

    The lovely Miss Marcotte and her POSSLQ moved to South Philadelphia from their ‘shoebox’ sized apartment in Brooklyn about a year ago. At least in Brooklyn, they were both able to work from home, and I would guess that she, at least, is still able to do so. Simply put, she can stay inside her South Philly flat and not have to go outside to work.

    Miss Marcotte is, as you might imagine, bitter about a lot of things. She gave up on her own family, for political reasons, saying:

    For me, it’s personal. My family is mostly a bunch of Trump voters, sucked up into a vortex of propaganda and lies, unable even to admit basic facts about the world that run contrary to what their tribal politics dictate. That sort of thing is stressful on a normal day, but makes a mockery of the idea of familial love and harmony.

    And so, she and POSSLQ Marc Faletti, chose not to visit family back in Texas, even though, given Miss Marcotte’s age, her parents must be in their sixties, and are, perhaps, not that much longer for this world. She might never see them again, and it’s (supposedly) all over politics.

    Well, one of my sisters and I very much disagree on politics: she hates Donald Trump and approves of Reichsstatthalter Andy Beshear’s (NSDAP-KY) policies restricting the freedom of religion and of assembly. But she asked if she could bury her cat, who recently died, at our farm, and of course I said yes. We get along just fine in person, and just don’t discuss politics. But for Miss Marcotte, politics trumps family. She is like Strelnikov in Dr Zhivago: “The personal life is dead in Russia. History has killed it.”

  • GWB says:

    the fascist personality is one that rejects even the possibility of sickness
    Ummmm… She keeps using that word…

    To wear a mask is to publicly admit that one’s body is suspectible to illness
    Only if one doesn’t understand what the mask is for.

    who is an expert in far-right organizing and rhetoric
    Well, that right there disqualifies him, if he thinks “fascism” is “far-right”.

    What does an Austrian political scientist say about this?
    Well, at least she’s not quoting an Austrian painter.

    The President recently left opening up state economies in the hands of the governors
    Well, duh! That’s because he’s an incompetent dictator! Worst. Hitler. Ever.

    even though I snot all over the place underneath
    Well, that would actually be a very good reason to wear the mask.

    MAGA-hat-clad white men walking around without masks
    Yeah, right! Did she write this after the guy on Twitter claimed it? I’m betting so. (The twit was roundly berated with responses like “I’ll take Things That Never Happened for $200, Alex.”)

    a mask is a noble effort to prevent others from…
    Dying. It’s to prevent all the deaths. Because no one died (except from guns and drunk drivers) before Wuhan Flu came around.
    And, yes, “noble effort”. Exactly right: it’s virtue signaling, another way of proving their devotion to their progressive gods.

    perhaps duct tape would be a better option
    No. That would still leave free to type this tripe. Well, on second thought, duct tape might work on the fingers, too….

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