Saturday, December 12, 2015
Sensible Reactions To Trump's Ridiculous Ban On Muslims
Donald Trump made it clear a few days ago that he is basing his presidential campaign on fear and hate by proposing a ban on all muslims entering this country. This isn't his first hate-filled proposal, but it may be his most egregious. He seems to be counting on the fear of Americans to propel him to the White House.
I don't think Americans want a country based on hate and discrimination (of any group) -- and the three Democratic candidates agree with that. They were quick to respond to Trump's hateful unconstitutional proposal, saying:
Hillary Clinton (on Late Night)
Bernie Sanders (on the Tonight Show)
"What somebody like a Trump is trying to do is to divide us up -- a few months ago, we're supposed to hate Mexicans. Now we're supposed to hate Muslims. That kind of crap is not going to work in the United States of America."
Martin O'Malley (on MSNBC)
“I think this is the sort of fascist demagoguery every responsible citizen in the United States has the responsibility to speak out against. This sort of language and the context of a presidential campaign, of all things, plays right into the hands of ISIL. This is exactly the sort of behavior from unscrupulous politicians that is bad for our country’s security. It’s bad for the fabric of America and it does damage to the very values that we need to hold tight in order to confront this threat. I just find this language absolutely appalling. Who is he going to start with? Is he going to start with Muslim Americans in our armed forces? They can’t come home? Who is he talking about? Is he talking about Engineers that do business abroad? It’s just outrageous behavior. It is the sort of demagoguery that oftentimes precedes fascism. All of us have a responsibility to speak out against it.”
Let me leave you with one more quote -- this one from one of America's greatest sports personalities. Muhammed Ali said: