Scarlett Lewis, whose six-year-old son Jesse was killed in the Sandy Hook shooting took the stand in Alex Jones's civil trial. She said Jones is the “biggest bully I've ever faced”.
Of course he’s a bully. He portrays himself as a “tough guy” to con and frighten his dupes into giving him their money. His hateful rhetoric and participation in Trump’s coup also make him a bully. Have you noticed how bullies are almost always the people with authoritarian personalities? They’re arrogant, pushy, bossy, intimidating and rude whenever it suits their ego and agenda.
There are other indications that reveal the bullies.
How an entertainer or speaker responds to hecklers reveals their composure, or lack thereof. It also reflects the degree of decency, humor, and tolerance they may have.
How someone deals with a heckler can also indicate the presence of an authoritarian personality.
We can compare the former president and our current president for contrast in character, personality and composure.
See if you can spot the authoritarian personality, or the fascist, or if you feel neither term applies, the bully.
“Let him go. Look, everybody’s entitled to be an idiot.”
“They’re entitled to be outrageous, this is a democracy. Good manners is nothing they’ve ever suffered from, but history and common sense tell us that opportunity, liberty and justice for all are most likely to come to pass in a democracy.”
“Get him out! Try not to hurt him. If you do, I’ll defend you in court. Don’t worry about it.”
“I’d like to punch him in the face!”
“If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them. I’ll pay the legal fees.”
“Throw them out into the cold. Don’t give them their coats. No coats! Confiscate their coats.”
Bonus response to an unruly violent audience:
After watching them beat cops and terrorize Congress for THREE hours on TV, Trump PRAISED his thugs.
"You're very special. We love you."
The same person endorsed Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Geoff Diehl with this statement:
"Geoff is a proven fighter who successfully pushes back on the ultraliberal extremists, He'll rule your state with an iron fist, and he'll do what has to be done."
"Iron fist." Cruelty is the point. Bullying is their tactic.
In 1944 George Orwell asked, What is Fascism?
Of all the unanswered questions of our time, perhaps the most important is: “What is Fascism?”
Why, then, cannot we have a clear and generally accepted definition of it? Alas! we shall not get one — not yet, anyway.
Except for the relatively small number of Fascist sympathizers, almost any English person would accept ‘bully’ as a synonym for ‘Fascist’. That is about as near to a definition as this much-abused word has come.
Can’t argue with that. All fascists are bullies, by their authoritarian nature.