Stoking Hatred, Once Again
The Donald Trump campaign, yesterday:
- “Donald Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what’s going on. According to Pew Research, among others, there is great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population. … Mr. Trump stated… ‘Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anyone that the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine.'”
So he is calling for no new Muslim immigrants, students or tourists whatsoever. And a campaign spokeswoman said this would even apply to Muslim-Americans traveling outside the U.S. who then seek to return.
Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on Islamic-American Relations:
- “Where is there left for him to go? Are we talking internment camps? Are we talking the final solution?”
Former governor Martin O’Malley, candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination:
- “@realdonaldtrump removes all doubt: he is running for President as a fascist demagogue.”
Senator Lindsey Graham, candidate for the Republican presidential nomination:
- “Donald Trump today took xenophobia and religious bigotry to a new level. His comments are hurting the war effort and putting our diplomats and soldiers serving in the Middle East at risk.”
Governor John Kasich, candidate for the Republican presidential nomination:
- “This is just more of the outrageous divisiveness that characterizes his every breath and another reason why he is entirely unsuited to lead the United States.”
Let’s hope the center holds and repudiates this self-infatuated maniac between now and next November. Daesh must be praying for a Donald Trump victory, because no U.S. politician is more capable of working with them to stoke hatred against ordinary Muslims who are, by the way, the biggest victims around the world of extremist jihadi terrorism.