It’s time for the Republican Party and the American people to call out and condemn Donald Trump for his xenophobia and race-baiting. His message, much of it predicated on lies, needs to be rejected.
DONALD Trump, the leading Republican presidential candidate is, in Trump parlance, a huge demagogue. Button-pushing lie after button-pushing lie, he diminishes the public sphere.
It’s time for Trump’s fellow Republicans to speak truth to narcissism. Race-baiting and xenophobia, ignited by fabrication, reflect the worst in human nature. And Trump’s self-financed platform makes his rhetoric a menace to the social and political health of the nation.
Recent Trump-isms nearly trump earlier ones, including his insistence that the government of Mexico dumped rapists and murderers into the United States. After the Paris terrorist attacks, he said that he would implement a registry for Muslims. Trump was asked by a reporter how this approach would differ from Germany registering Jews in the 1930s. “You tell me,” Trump said.
OK. There’s zero difference.
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Trump said that he saw “thousands and thousands of people cheering” in Jersey City on 9/11. That was a lie, designed to provoke. At a Trump rally in Birmingham Saturday, a Black Lives Matter activist was punched by a white Trump supporter. Trump’s response? “Maybe he should have been roughed up.”
Enough. Trump needs to be called out and condemned for what he is.
We have seen lesser-angel populists before. Running as an independent, George Wallace, the consummate bigot who later renounced his record of discrimination, actually won five states and 10 million votes in 1968.
Trump has an Archie Bunker rhetorical style, which resonates with Americans who might not agree with him but who furtively embrace his assault on political correctness. Unisex toilets and cops who give away Doritos at Hempfest? Trump would have a field day in Seattle.
When assessing what Trump means, more people in public life should revive the question attorney Joseph Welch asked U.S. Sen. Joe McCarthy during the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings: “Have you no sense of decency?”
There is a bottom line, and it’s simple: Trump’s campaign message reflects a kind of creeping fascism. It needs to be rejected.