Trump's Muslim Ban Has Us Asking What Hate He'll Say Next
Ever since the glorified carnival barker and billionaire businessman Donald Trump decided to troll America by running for President, a week hasn’t passed without him saying something sexist, racist, and downright xenophobic. His inflammatory rhetoric has struck fear into rational minds across party lines, and ignited an alarmingly passionate response from the racist family members and sexist friends you’ve been considering blocking on Facebook for months. Unlike social networks, though, we don’t have the option to block out Trump because—against all odds—he still continues to dominate in national polls.
Hours after a Monmouth University poll was released showing Ted Cruz surging past Trump in Iowa ahead of the first primary caucus there, Trump stole the show with his most fascist plan yet. He was like that mom stealing from the child in that viral Black Friday video. A press release began circulating midday that read like an Onion article; it called for a blanket ban on all Muslims entering the United States. That’s not just in regards to immigrants, either. Trump doesn’t want tourists, refugees, asylum seekers, immigrants, or even Muslim-American citizens to be able to enter the country.
For those keeping score on their Islamophobia, Sexist, and Racist Bingo Cards, that is the most terrifying plan Trump has made in his campaign—and he’s the one who started his campaign with the statement that all Mexican immigrants are rapists and thieves. He’s probably hours away from ordering a miniature square toupee for his upper lip.
It doesn’t take a (competent) neuroscientist—sorry Ben Carson—to realize that Trump’s plan is a little too similar to the rhetoric being thrown around in Germany decades ago. Mass deportations, promises to make America great again, and an unrelenting campaign against Muslims that includes an ID system to single out those who practice the religion, may sound insane, but they are just tenants of a strategy that brought about a new genocide. The comparison isn’t new to the Trump campaign, but after his Muslim ban created a firestorm of backlash over the past 24 hours, people on Twitter, journals, political pundits, and newspapers were jumping in to call out Trump’s persistent fascism.
The Philadelphia Daily News even released an issue today, December 8th, that had Trump gracing the cover, raising his arm in a salute, next to a headline that read: “The New Furor.” The backlash doesn’t seem to be slowing down his one-man race to be the most bigoted man in America. Trump tried to dismiss the claims by stating that, hey, at least he wasn’t proposing something like President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Japanese internment camps.
As we finalize our emergency “Escape from America” plans, we’ve looked back on statements from past world leaders to help predict what next week’s headline-making statement from the walking, talking national headache we call Donald Trump will be.
“National defense is the sacred duty of the young and all other people.” — Kim Jong-il
The entire political strategy that Trump is running on hinges around is this idea of making America great again, which seems to have translated into a nationwide call to arms against the threat of radical terrorists. He’s already stated that he wants “surveillance of these people” through warrantless spying, ID cards, and other ridiculously xenophobic ideas. He says it’s all in defense of the nation he wants to return to its former greatness—whatever that looks like to him. By whipping up supporters with his anti-Muslim rhetoric, he is allowing the spread of hatred and violence to bloom. His media platform of bigotry lends support to gun range owners who declare their business “Muslim-free” and inspires anti-Hispanic muggings in Boston.
The quote here is nearly indecipherable from the campaign strategy that Trump has adopted in the wake of an uptick in violent attacks by ISIS supporters in Westernized countries, but originates from North Korea’s longtime leader Kim Jong-il during his Communist reign over the country from 1994 to 2011. Over the decades-long span, Jong Il was responsible for one of the longest-running famines, which killed untold amounts of the roughly 23 million people in North Korea.
“Hate is more durable than aversion.” — Adolph Hitler
If you’re doing a double take and asking yourself if Trump already said this, you aren’t alone. His current strategy to be stoking the irrational hatred of his voter base. This isn’t the first group of people he’s targeted, either. Mexicans, women, black protesters, and Muslims all seem to be the target of his disdain and—as we’ve seen from his rallies—his speech has incited violent responses from his supporters.
That quote is actually a line from Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf. The comparison isn’t…inaccurate.
“I was responsible for everything so I accept responsibility and blame but show me, comrade, one document proving that I was personally responsible for the deaths.” — Pol Pot
We would not be shocked to see this quote from Cambodian communist leader Pol Pot make the rounds. His Khmer Rouge movement ruled over the country from 1975 to 1979 and his policies were responsible for 1.5 million Cambodians out of a total population of seven to eight million dying of starvation, execution, disease, and overwork. After all, hateful terrorism against a group of people fosters terrorist attacks and Trump has now fully committed to terror as a political strategy.
As the xenophobia against Muslims shows no sign of slowing down, it’s only a matter of time before violent attacks against Muslim-Americans turn deadly. Polls have shown that intense discrimination is a sad reality of existing in this country for those who practice Islam. Less than a month ago, a Muslim taxi driver in Philadelphia was the victim of a vicious hate crime when a man with a rifle shot him in the back. If that kind of fear and hatred was stoked before Trump called for a ban on all Muslims entering the country and before the San Bernardino shooting by radicalized terrorists, we fear for what could happen this week in a country that has seen more mass shootings than there have been days in the year.
Images and video via Dominick Reuter, Steve Sands, Fox News, and Brian Snyder.