President Trump has his flaws, which we’ve repeatedly noted here.

But his frothier opponents seem to have no clue whatsoever just how dangerous they’re becoming to the republic. They’re frankly exhibiting the very fascism they so haughtily claim to be battling.

What is it, if not fascism, to expect everyone else to toe the party line – which, at this particular moment, is to impugn and vilify the president?

A family of Trump supporters was denied service at a Cook Out restaurant in Colonial Heights, Va., in June.

California Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman called for a boycott of In-N-Out Burger for donating to Republicans.

Trump fan Esther Levy of New York, says a television station there, was denied service at a Mexican restaurant in July after a waitress told her and her friend they would have to leave.

Last April, a judge in Manhattan ruled a bar owner was within his rights to throw out customers wearing Trump paraphernalia. According to the New York Post, an accountant was ejected by the owner of The Happiest Hour on West 10th Street who allegedly declared, “Anyone who supports Trump — or believes in what you believe — is not welcome here! And you need to leave right now because we won’t serve you!”

This country shamefully used to do such things due to people’s skin color, and thank God no longer does. Is that the kind of country these folks want to live in?

And what a sterling example our media and celebrities are setting: Comedian Kathy Griffin’s severed Trump head. Rapper Snoop Dogg’s mock execution of Trump. The list goes on.

Just recently after a round of golf, a sportswriter hounded Tiger Woods, a known friend of the president’s, to try to get him to denounce Mr. Trump. Woods refused, graciously responding that, “Well, he’s the president of the United States. You have to respect the office. And no matter who is in the office, you may like/dislike the personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office.”

Just as elegantly, golfing legend Jack Nicklaus defended Woods’ response, saying “No matter who’s president – whether it was Barack Obama or Donald Trump – I think you respect the office, and I’m much in Tiger’s camp on that.”

But even if you can’t do that, what gives you the right to ostracize and banish those who do? You may have the legal right, but what gives you the moral right?

Moreover, how is it not fascist to set out to punish those with whom you disagree? How un-American can it get?

On ESPN in recent years, the party line has included that white men should “shut up and listen,” and that, according to former commentator Jemele Hill, Donald Trump is a white supremacist.

She and others like her are certainly entitled to their views.

Those who disagree, apparently, are not.

 

A version of this editorial originally appeared in the Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle, a sister publication of the Daily News with Gatehouse Media.