Well, he wasn’t wrong.

Courtesy of NBC News

Barack Obama called Donald Trump a “fascist” in a phone conversation with Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia during the 2016 presidential election, Kaine says in a video clip featured in an upcoming documentary about Hillary Clinton.

Kaine, Clinton’s running mate on the Democratic ticket, recounts the call during an exchange with Clinton that was caught on camera in 2016. Kaine’s wife, Anne Holton, was also present.

“President Obama called me last night and said: ‘Tim, remember, this is no time to be a purist. You’ve got to keep a fascist out of the White House,'” Kaine says before adding with a laugh that Obama “knows me and he knows that I could tend to err.”

Clinton replies, nodding, “I echo that sentiment.”

Of course Obama is too respectful of the office to make these comments in public, but am under no such restriction, yes Donald Trump was, and continues to be a fascist. 

Just about everything he does reinforces that undeniable truth about him, from referring to criticism of him as treason, to openly threatening other lawmakers, and of course his cozying up to other fascists, leaves no doubt of who and what he is. 

Literally the only people who would disagree with that label are those who are too afraid of his fascist tendencies to speak out publicly against him.