By Joshua Roberts, Washington Post Staff Writer”We need a lot more ‘No Fascists’ in politics, and they need to be more of a force than a nuisance,” says David Roth, the executive director of the Washington-based think tank Demos.
“They need to have a political agenda, and it should be based on fact, not ideology.”
This is a big change for Democrats, whose presidential candidates have largely avoided using “No Fascists” as a political punchline.
But the new emphasis on “No Fascism” was a deliberate move to help the Democratic Party’s campaign to become a mainstream party.
“The campaign for a progressive and centrist Democratic Party is about identifying with a broader progressive movement, which we have not been able to do before,” says Demos President Peter Daou.
“So this is a real step forward.”
The shift to “No-fascist” rhetoric is also part of a broader shift away from the more traditional labels of anti-racism, white nationalism and anti-Semitic, which have long been associated with white nationalists and other far-right groups.
“This is an important and welcome development for the party,” says Jason Kessler, the former deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump who is now a pundit on CNN.
“If we can’t be the party of Trump, then we can be the Democratic party.
And that’s the party we want to be.”
The move comes as Democratic leaders continue to distance themselves from the alt-right and embrace more mainstream progressive voices.
Democrats are looking to their base of support in blue-collar and working-class communities, which tend to be overwhelmingly white and male, and have traditionally been more pro-abortion and less pro-gay rights.
Democrats have also been more reluctant to embrace groups such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa, and to embrace a more inclusive immigration platform that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
The Democratic Party, along with its many factions and wings, has long struggled to break away from white nationalism, which has historically supported a white ethno-state, including the white supremacist movement, that was once a major force in American politics.
But a number of high-profile Republicans have begun to adopt positions that align with the alt to the left of the Democratic base, such as former Vice President Joe Biden’s stance against the “Southern Strategy,” which calls for the creation of a new U.S. territory in the South.
The rise of the alt right has also pushed the Democratic establishment to distance itself from some of the party’s more extreme figures.
For example, former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) announced last year that he would not vote for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) because she was a “liberal liberal” and “too progressive.”
In July, Rep. Ted Lieu (D of California) withdrew from the party after he said that the “white race” was responsible for the Holocaust.
But the new “No fascist” language does not signal a complete break with the party.
But, he says, it is a step toward making the party more inclusive, and toward making it more responsive to the needs of voters and more willing to engage with people who might not have traditionally supported the party.””
The new language is not a blanket endorsement of all of Trump’s statements, and Democrats should not abandon their commitment to the party platform, Roth says.
But, he says, it is a step toward making the party more inclusive, and toward making it more responsive to the needs of voters and more willing to engage with people who might not have traditionally supported the party.”
While the Democrats are now pushing “No fascists” as an acceptable political position, some members of the GOP have criticized it.
“I’m sure that some of you will be shocked to learn that I’m one of those who have a problem with that term,” Rep. Justin Amash (R.
Mich.) said in a statement this month.
“There are no ‘no fascists’ in the Republican Party.
The GOP is not ‘no fascism.’
The GOP represents the values of the Republican voters that Trump has alienated.”
For the most part, though, “No fascism” has been embraced by the party establishment.
Rep. Chris Collins (R.-N.Y.), who recently led the effort to pass a ban on military service by gay and transgender people, has praised “No” in the past.
And when the New York Times published a story about “No Nazis” as the preferred name for Republicans, Collins responded, “The Times and the Democratic National Committee should get the message loud and clear.”