Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Trump Takes His Hate/Bigotry To A Frightening Level

(This caricature of Donald Trump is by DonkeyHotey.)

December 7th, 2015, -- Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on. According to Pew Research, among others, there is great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population. Most recently, a poll from the Center for Security Policy released data showing "25% of those polled agreed that violence against Americans here in the United States is justified as a part of the global jihad" and 51% of those polled, "agreed that Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to Shariah." Shariah authorizes such atrocities as murder against non-believers who won't convert, beheadings and more unthinkable acts that pose great harm to Americans, especially women.
Mr. Trump stated, "Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine. Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life. If I win the election for President, we are going to Make America Great Again." - Donald J. Trump
The words above are from Donald Trump -- taken directly from his campaign website. Decent people in this country should be shocked and horrified by those words, but unfortunately, his supporters wouldn't recognize decency if it hit them in the face. When asked about this statement, they either said they agreed with it or would have to think about it -- but in either case, they still would vote for him.

Trump has now removed any doubt that he is a racist, a bigot, and a xenophobe. Fortunately for him, so is a significant portion of the Republican Party-- and they love seeing a candidate that shares their racism, bigotry, and xenophobia. Sadder still, some other Republicans, those who find these words distasteful, may also vote for him -- because they have bought into the fear mongering of all the Republican candidates. They are afraid of muslims (even though the jihadists make up only a very tiny fraction of the more than a billion muslims worldwide).

Trump has shown clearly that he considers muslims to be sub-par humans -- not as good as white christians. This is not the first time he has displayed this kind of bigotry. He kicked off his campaign by demonizing Mexican immigrants as rapists and murderers. He shows us that he does not believe in equality, the American Dream, religious freedom, or the U.S. Constitution. His narcissistic bigotry should disqualify him from holding the highest office in this land. How can someone spouting this kind of bigotry be the leading candidate of a major political party?

And no surprise, Trump is wrong about Muslims. As the chart below (from the Pew Research Center) shows, most muslims have a very unfavorable view of ISIS jihadists. They are decent people and don't want to participate in any kind of violence -- and I believe that is true of 99% of muslims around the world.

NOTE -- You may have noticed that I did not provide a link to Trump's campaign website. That was not by accident. It was distasteful enough to print his sick words, and providing such a link is just something I could not do.

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