Blatant Fascist And Nazi Messages Used By Lion’s Guard Militia Now Shadowing Donald Trump
Once upon a time, there was a room for discussion about whether it was reasonable to compare the rise of Donald Trump’s movement to the rise Nazis and Fascists. Now, that room for honest disagreement has been slammed shut by the creation of a militia that is purposefully using undeniably Fascist and Nazi language and symbolism.
A couple of days ago, web sites like PoliticsUSA reported that a pro-Trump militia called “Lion’s Guard” had formed, but then disbanded. In fact, the Lion Guard militia did not disband. It merely moved its location online.
As the Lion Guard web site makes plain, it is a Fascist organization. At the top of the site, the image of a lion is accompanied by the words of Benito Mussolini: “Better to be a lion for a day than a lamb for eternity.” It’s Fascist ideology from the get-go with the Lion Guard.
Lions are fascist symbols dating all the way back to the 1920s, explains Horace Bloom, whose visual documentation of the link scours back to a British Fascist newsletter, The British Lion, which featured “a lion, and not a serene, peaceful, defending lion, but a snarling lion, ready to attack” at the top of every issue, pictured in between two Fascist axes just to make the connection clear.
You get the picture, right? A Fascist Lion is no peaceful organization.
The Lion Guard’s right wing racist nationalist iconography gets even more blatant with a “God With Trump” image that is a clear copy of a Nazi design that was found on the belt buckle of every German soldier’s uniform in World War II. In the case of the Lion Guard, the Fascist Lion is in the middle. In the case of the Nazis, an eagle carrying a swastika was in the middle, with the all-too-similar Nazi motto “Gott Mit Uns” – God With Us.
Every white supremacist knows these cues. To them, the signal is as clear as day. The Lion Guard is a white supremacist militia – a present day equivalent of the KKK, which also described itself as protecting the moral order. Donald Trump has refused to disavow the Lion Guard fascists, just as he refused to disavow KKK Grand Wizard David Duke.
With Trump supporters forming Fascist / Nazi militia in this manner, the question has now become: How can any ethical political discussion now avoid comparisons of the Donald Trump movement with the Nazis and Fascists?