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Is Trump a full-on racist? He spent most of 2012 attacking President Obama with vacuous Birtherisms, demanding to see his "real" birth certificate -- from Africa.
But oh no, most Republicans wouldn't say that is racist! Is it racism if most Republicans agree with you, or at least when Sheriff Joe Arpaio agrees with you? He's an expert on race relations and minorities, right?
Then again, last December, Trump said the families of Muslim criminals should be punished as a form of retribution. But again, Lord no, said the pundits clutching their pearls - that doesn't make Trump a racist anymore than wanting to deport ALL illegal aliens no matter what their status, or calling all Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists. Heavens, no - how could that make someone a racist?
Last week, Trump got an endorsement from a real undisputed racist - David Duke - ex-Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. But oh, goodness me, that wasn't Trump's fault, even when he wouldn't disavow them on national TV just before the Super Tuesday elections. Eventually he DID disavow Duke, so all is well, nothing to see here.
What??? pic.twitter.com/OXwptzARrB— Tomthunkit™ (@TomthunkitsMind) March 7, 2016
Well, how about this: in the last week, Trump - still the frontrunner of the Republican Party for President of the United States - has started asking the supporters at his events to stand and raise their right hands to swear they will vote for him. You know, like Hitler's loyal did during his speeches. It's not subtle at all, even to the now panicked pundits who let this crap go on for so long.
Trump is making a big show of getting a "Sieg Heil" from citizens of the United States while the whole world is watching, and our allies are chilled to the bone by what they see. And we should scared be too, whether you think Trump is Hitler, Mussolini, or just a big rich doofus obsessed with power - really what difference does it make? He's dangerous.
Sieg Heil and have a great day 😕— Jenna Abrams (@Jenn_Abrams) March 6, 2016
I'm at a loss for wordshttps://t.co/MrnkswpUUm
Trump's response to the loyalty oath complete with what looks like the Nazi salute: "We're all having a lot of fun." pic.twitter.com/KhzxCiuWy5— Jeffrey Levin (@jilevin) March 8, 2016
@ChrisLoesch @SaveUSA2014 @wakeup1442 @jihadaeon The new Fuhrer .... the Trump minions follow like sheep. pic.twitter.com/v5rCfs18bm— KRisSy (@artnthesoul) March 5, 2016
Rallies with people shouting "sieg heil" for the leading contender for Prez of the most powerful country in the world. This is not a drill.— ❤️ (@umairh) March 3, 2016
BREAKING: Trump doubles down on loyalty pledge critics say looks like "Heil Hitler" https://t.co/DbUgbe8QwP pic.twitter.com/pDpyUC0INS— The Hill (@thehill) March 7, 2016
Trump again asks sheeple for Heil Hitler salute. Easily manipulated. https://t.co/YuCCZGQnPi #uniteblue #tcot pic.twitter.com/2w9vpfI1ZI— WhyNot? (@y72i4ee1) March 7, 2016
The 'Heil Trump' pledge is out of the playbook of Hitler's propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels. Amercia is truly mirroring 1930s Germany.— Bill Madden (@activist360) March 5, 2016
Jean Marie Le Pen, who was booted from his own fascist party for saying Hitler wasn't that bad, has endorsed Trump. https://t.co/3RhUTisBAz— Zeddonymous (@ZeddRebel) February 27, 2016
Anne Frank's stepsister compares Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler @CNNPolitics https://t.co/h5YM7XMRad#nevertrump— Cheryl Leslie (@cherylleslie1) February 27, 2016
Too Much. pic.twitter.com/6IoujjKMyd— Tomthunkit™ (@TomthunkitsMind) March 7, 2016
Abraham Foxman, ex-leader of the Jewish Anti-Defamation League via RawStory
“As a Jew who survived the Holocaust, to see an audience of thousands of people raising their hands in what looks like the ‘Heil Hitler’ salute is about as offensive, obnoxious and disgusting as anything I thought I would ever witness in the United States of America,” said Foxman, who was born in Poland in 1940 and was saved from the Nazis by his Catholic nanny.
He told the newspaper (Times of Israel) that the gesture’s symbolism was obvious and troubling.
“It is a fascist gesture,” Foxman said. “He is smart enough — he always tells us how smart he is — to know the images that this evokes. Instead of asking his audience to pledge allegiance to the United States of America, which in itself would be a little bizarre, he’s asking them to swear allegiance to him.”
From "The Moment of Truth: We Must Stop Trump" Op-Ed by Harvard Professor Danielle Allen in Washington Post
Like any number of us raised in the late 20th century, I have spent my life perplexed about exactly how Hitler could have come to power in Germany. Watching Donald Trump’s rise, I now understand. Leave aside whether a direct comparison of Trump to Hitler is accurate. That is not my point. My point rather is about how a demagogic opportunist can exploit a divided country.
. . . One can see both of these phenomena unfolding now. The first shows itself, for instance, when journalists cover every crude and cruel thing that comes out of Trump’s mouth and thereby help acculturate all of us to what we are hearing. Are they not just doing their jobs, they will ask, in covering the Republican front-runner? Have we not already been acculturated by 30 years of popular culture to offensive and inciting comments? Yes, both of these things are true. But that doesn’t mean journalists ought to be Trump’s megaphone. ...
. . . The only way to stop him, then, is to achieve just that kind of coordination across party lines and across divisions within parties. We have reached that moment of truth.
Republicans, you cannot count on the Democrats to stop Trump. I believe that Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nomination, and I intend to vote for her, but it is also the case that she is a candidate with significant weaknesses, as your party knows quite well. The result of a head-to-head contest between Clinton and Trump would be unpredictable. Trump has to be blocked in your primary.
Dana Milbank on "Trump's Flirtation With Facism
So it has come to this: The front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, at a campaign rally in Orlando Saturday, leading supporters in what looked very much like a fascist salute.
“Can I have a pledge? A swearing?” Trump asked, raising his right hand and directing his followers to do the same. He then led them in pledging allegiance — not to the flag, but to Trump, for which they stand and for whom they vowed to vote.
. . . The Germans, too, find him dangerous — and they should know. Der Spiegel, the German newsmagazine, last month called Trump “the world’s most dangerous man” and leader of a “hate-filled authoritarian movement” who “inflames tensions against ethnic minorities …while ignoring democratic conventions.”
Louis C.K. on Trump: "The guy is Hitler. And by that I mean we are Germany in the 1930s" https://t.co/Rtdjox8Dk7— Vox (@voxdotcom) March 7, 2016
Dump Trump— BigDaddy (@strujillo075) February 22, 2016
Likes being called
Supreme Leader or fuhrer pic.twitter.com/yiQC6MGI9B