No, he was wrong, and indulging in doublespeak. Thats like saying war is peace or freedom is slavery. Just look at what is happening now, we are moving closer to fascism every day and who is in charge? An authoritarian conservative who is complaining about freedom of the press. He recently said "You have to stand proudly for the national anthem, or you shouldn't be in this country". Now...thats the beginning of fascism, right there.
We all know that famous warning: "“When fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in the flag and waving a cross”