A key element of fascism is a loyal paramilitary gang, and the elimination of any opposition to such a gang.
So the announcement, without any reason, that the head of the DC National Guard is to be fired at 12:01 PM on inauguration day as soon as Trump takes power, has to be taken as a scary sign. As the Washington Post Reports (above link)
“The timing is extremely unusual,” [Guard Commander] Schwartz said in an interview Friday morning, confirming a memo announcing his ouster that was obtained by The Washington Post. During the inauguration, Schwartz would command not only the members of the D.C. guard but also an additional 5,000 troops sent in from across the country to help. He also would oversee military air support protecting the nation’s capital during the inauguration.
One would hope that this would be investigated. But, by whom?
Hopefully this is about folks throwing their power around, which is bad enough. I would guess that there have been arguments between the transition team and the private security force. Is this just payback, or intimidation, or centralizing control?
But, there are, of course, other theories about what is now going to happen at 12:01 that are truly frightening. See you at Guantanamo.
P.S. Recent reporting includes the possibility that the acceptance of a routine pro forma resignation was part of a batch. But when folks behave the way these do, the burden of proof is on them.