I think the F-word is appropriate, and fully agree with this paragraph:
"Viewing Donald Trump in light of the fascists of the first half of the twentieth century – who used economic stresses to scapegoat others, created cults of personality, intimidated opponents, incited violence, glorified their nations and disregarded international law, and connected directly with the masses – helps explain what Trump is doing and how he is succeeding."
I'd like to add two things.
Some time ago, a poster frequently shared a list of features that define the typical Conservative person.
One of the items on that list was this need for delineated categories. Conservatives, for the most part, have incurious minds and prefer order and authority to the messiness of actual Democracy... particularly when it's based on genuine diversity.
Trump's simplistic statements: "that this one is bad", "that all that needs to be done is violence to establish order", and that he is the "man for the (boss/authoritarian) job" fit this Conservative recipe.
I do differ from Mr. Reich on this:
"The economic stresses almost a century ago that culminated in the Great Depression were far worse than most of Trump’s followers have experienced, but they’ve suffered something that in some respects is more painful – failed expectations."
As quite a few economists have pointed out, global financial collapse is imminent. Therefore, it's too soon to write off the economic stresses or suggest that they are not on a par with the prior Great Depression. The printing of money to the tune of trillions added to UNSECURED collateral debt bundles into the many trillions, coupled with global commodity prices dropping is HARDLY a recipe for any viable recovery.
The failed expectations component, however, is a profound observation and entirely apt.