NYT – “Measuring Donald Trump’s Supporters For Intolerance: Exit poll data from the South Carolina primary revealed that nearly half the Republicans who turned out on Saturday wanted undocumented immigrants to be deported immediately. Donald J Trump won 47% of those voters.”
No pause to say good-bye to family, arrange your affairs, or try to keep your kid in school; just GO. Nevermind the economic hit, ignore the crops rotting in the fields, and hand wave the animosity such an ejection would stir.
74% of his supporters want to ban Muslim immigrants. It doesn’t matter what you’re fleeing, or what skills you bring. The current two year vetting period is insufficient. One of them might be a terrorist. Only homegrown, McDonald’s apple pie eating white guys deserve a chance to shoot up our schools.
They want a database of Muslims already in America. Most want to shut down mosques, an attitude not shared by the majority of any other candidate. A full third think the entire religion of Islam should be illegal.
“I love the poorly educated!” he yelled to the crowd last night.
A full third of his polled fans in South Carolina want gays barred from entering the US, a sentiment two to five times stronger than supporters of the other Republican candidates. An overlapping third thought Japanese internment during WW2 was a stellar idea. They are the most generally racist demographic on questions of white superiority and flying the confederate flag. 38% wish the South had won the Civil War. 20% said it was wrong to free the slaves.
It’s time to stop laughing at Trump and start challenging the bigotry of his speeches and his supporters. One hesitates to “Godwin the thread” but his rhetoric really does bring to mind the US newspaper articles from the 1920’s remarking how vitriolic Hitler’s attitudes were, but surely moderate Europeans would contain such extremism.
Maybe we’ve gotten cozy under Obama. We elected a black man, look at us, so modern, so civilized, so post-race. But eight scant years ago we were under Bush-Cheney. Stop a moment to shudder about that. Barack’s message of Hope and Change really did brighten America’s outlook and its relationships with the world. That world hasn’t gotten any simpler, and we cannot afford to regress as a nation, not now, not ever.
The devil’s at the door, behind millions of fanatical henchman. Don’t just unfriend these goons. Take them to task over their attitudes and their goals. America’s future once again hangs by a delicate thread, and its up to us, the citizens, to push the narrative toward justice and peace.
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