Since 1907, portland, oregon, has hosted an annual Rose Festival. Since 2007, the festival had included a parade down 82nd Avenue. Since 2013, the Republican Party of Multnomah County, which includes Portland, had taken part. This April, all of that changed.

In the days leading up to the planned parade, a group called the Direct Action Alliance declared, Fascists plan to march through the streets, and warned, Nazis will not march through Portland unopposed. The alliance said it didnt object to the Multnomah GOP itself, but to fascists who planned to infiltrate its ranks. Yet it also denounced marchers with Trump flags and red maga hats who could normalize support for an orange man who bragged about sexually harassing women and who is waging a war of hate, racism and prejudice. A second group, Oregon Students Empowered, created a Facebook page called Shut down fascism! No nazis in Portland!

Next, the parades organizers received an anonymous email warning that if Trump supporters and others who promote hateful rhetoric marched, we will have two hundred or more people rush into the parade and drag and push those people out. When Portland police said they lacked the resources to provide adequate security, the organizers canceled the parade. It was a sign of things to come.

For progressives, Donald Trump is not just another Republican president. Seventy-six percent of Democrats, according to a Suffolk poll from last September, consider him a racist. Last March, according to a YouGov survey, 71 percent of Democrats agreed that his campaign contained fascist undertones. All of which raises a question that is likely to bedevil progressives for years to come: If you believe the president of the United St...