Yesterday, Donald Trump1 issued a press release in which he gave the barest outline for a plan to bar all Muslims from entering the United States (including American citizens who are currently abroad). This plan would be in effect until, and remember that this is a direct quote from a policy statement, “our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on”.2
This idea is despicable, taking the pathetic pushback against Syrian refugees to sickening new lows. Politicians of all stripes have roundly condemned Trump. Not that their opinion should even be necessary here, but policy experts have also expressed their extreme disapproval of this idea:
“Oh, for the love of God,” said Jonathan Turley, a constitutional law expert at George Washington University. “This would not only violate international law, but do so by embracing open discrimination against one religion.”
This line from the same article tries very hard to express the ludicrous nature of this idea in words:
His plan to bar U.S. citizens drew particular ire from legal experts, some of whom fumbled for words as they tried to explain its illegality, since none had considered the matter before.
Ideas like Trump’s rapidly lead to hate crimes like this one, where a severed pig’s head was thrown at Philadelphia mosque. Here’s an exact quote from that piece:
He said the first time Al-Asqa received an act of hate was shortly after the Paris attacks when they received a voicemail that stated: “Allah… is a peace of pork [expletive]! Allah Sucks!”
It’s tempting to ascribe the spelling error to the writer of the article. However, I suspect they got the spelling exactly as it would have been written by the idiot who left this voicemail, and at least that gave me a chuckle.
Back in July, I said I’d give Donald Trump one post, and then I would simple ignore him. As I wrote then, “Donald Trump is a buffoon, one who unfortunately has been given far too much attention…he’s simply not worthy of thought”. I believe the first part remains true, but the second part has proven incorrect.
Trump has continued to lead GOP polls and garner the lion’s share of the press coverage, all while spouting incredibly dangerous nonsense. His demagoguery has rational people concerned about a new rise of fascism, and that demands watching. I wish Trump could be dismissed as a sideshow, but that’s not clearly the case. ↩︎
This phrase alone is so clearly not the statement of a serious individual. Even if you read nothing else, this alone ought to disqualify him from running for President.↩︎