To accuse someone of being a fascist is simply an insult. To accuse a serving politician of fascist behavior is more serious. That’s because it represents a diagnosis, not mere vulgar abuse.
Unfortunately, at present, Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar is behaving in a somewhat fascist manner.
When part of the legislative system prevents something Omar desires, she says the hell with the system, I’ll do what I want.
The fight over whether fascism is politically Left — economically it usually was — or Right — culturally, it normally is — has been going on for near a century now. At least since Salazar first took power in Portugal. But the one thing that fascism always did was worship power. The ability to enforce submission and foster an adversary’s lamentations. More than anything else, it was the raw exercise of power unconstrained by custom, habit, or the law. That’s what Omar seems to seek in Congress.