When the signs and symbols of political discourse cannot even be questioned, they are totalitarian.
Totalitarianism and fascism are not supported only by guns and jackboots, but also by the manipulation of semiotics, the signs and symbols of political and social communication.
Many of these signs and symbols are inanimate, but some are real people who can talk back and explain how they are being manipulated.
The video below contains an analysis of semiotic manipulation by one of America’s most renowned political symbols. Well-worth viewing.
Edit 3/3/16: Excellent analysis of the same issue: Ann Coulter: Trump Wins “Disavowal” Game, Then Super Tuesday