Congressman Jerrold Nadler called President Donald Trump a fascist at a town hall event on the Upper West Side Thursday night, according to The Daily Caller.
The Democratic congressman from New York made the comment in response to an attendee who demanded he apply the term to the president and the Trump administration.
Although hesitant at first, the lawmaker then argued that Trump’s tirades against foreign powers and illegal immigrants, as well as his claim at last year’s Republican convention that “I alone can fix” the country’s problems, make him similar to Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini.
He also said that Trump is the first major candidate in recent U.S. politics that deserves to be called a fascist. Nadler’s comments drew applause from the crowd.
Still, he seemed to advise the audience to avoid using that the term whenever possible. He suggested it was not ineffective to use it because it has very little impact. Nadler said, “To some people, if you say ‘fascist,’ they just tune you out, they don’t listen to what you’re saying.”