Donald Trump: American Mussolini

The names have changed but the song remain the same.

The names have changed but the song remain the same.

Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on. According to Pew Research, among others, there is great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population. Most recently, a poll from the Center for Security Policy released data showing “25% of those polled agreed that violence against Americans here in the United States is justified as a part of the global jihad” and 51% of those polled, “agreed that Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to Shariah.” Shariah authorizes such atrocities as murder against non-believers who won’t convert, beheadings and more unthinkable acts that pose great harm to Americans, especially women.

Mr. Trump stated, “Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine. Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life. If I win the election for President, we are going to Make America Great Again.” – Donald J. Trump

 

I laughed at the idea of Donald Trump running for president.  It was funny.  Such a wacky joke!

Joke’s over.

I laughed and so did you. Why wouldn’t we? Donald J.Trump? The Celebrity Apprentice guy? The blowhard who imports his wives from other countries even while he says he wants to build a wall to keep Mexicans out? The WWE guest wrestler? The guy who ran the USFL out of business and declared bankruptcy

The guy who wants to ban all Muslims–including native-born American Muslims–from entering the country or reentering it should they leave it for any reason.

That guy. The G.O.P. frontrunner, same as he has been for nearly half of 2015.

This is the man who wants to lead your party, Republicans. The Party of Lincoln and Reagan. If you don’t stand against Donald Trump, you stand with Donald Trump.

I understand there are people in America who are at flirting with the notion of supporting Trump, even if they aren’t inclined to say so out loud. I’m inclined to say they are supporting Trump’s bigotry, racism, intolerance, sexism, misogyny, lies, deceptions, fabrications, slanders, lack of patriotism and neo-Fascist tendencies.

All due respect to these people and I’m sure some of them very nice people, but supporting Donald Trump is not a nice thing to do. I’ve yet to hear anyone proclaim support for Trump for reasons that didn’t make me want to hurl.

I’d wager there are Latino Americans and gay Americans and Jewish Americans and female Americans and Black Americans and Muslim Americans and an international community who are very concerned and distressed over what Trump is saying and how well he’s doing.  As a writer I owe it to the reader and be precise in my language. Donald Trump is the dark underbelly of everything that is bad, unsavory and toxic in American politics.

I mean, I know why Trump says this off-the-wall stuff. Hell, it could practically be a TV show: Shit Donald Trump Says. He fell behind Terrible Ted Cruz in Iowa and he’s throwing out the reddest chunk of bloody red meat to the base to pimp up his polling numbers. And polls are the only thing Trump cares about. He says what nobody else would dare to say and his poll numbers go up.

Rachel Maddow showed Trump supporters being asked what they thought of his idea to essentially make Muslims illegal in the U.S. and they were all cool with it. Not one person said, “This is not who we are as Americans.” Not one person said, “What ISIS wants most is the West to go to war with 8 billion Muslims and this is how it is done.”

I find those people more detestable and deplorable than Trump because they keep him afloat. They make me ill. Actually physically sick.

There has always been a strong strain of nativism in America and Trump’s rise is based exclusively on fear, suspicion and hatred of The Others. Those people with their strange names and customs and beliefs and dress and religion. They aren’t like us and we can’t trust them. We have to register them, watch them, follow them, close down their mosques, ban them from country, cast them out, hunt them down and kill them.

Hatred of the Other is Donald Trump’s idea of how you make America great again.   Mussolini would be proud.

We are crossing the Rubicon in our political discourse when in our fear we begin to cannibalize each other for no reason other than we are different. Normally, I deeply distrust slippery slope arguments, but in the case of Donald Trump and what he says he will do if elected President I will make an exception. We sit by idly because as long as it’s Muslims and Mexicans Trump is trashing we can shrug and say, “He’s not talking about me,” but it really does feel like this is a Martin Niemoller moment.

I can’t tell if Trump is the embodiment of the maniacal Greg Stillson of Stephen King’s The Dead Zone or the most elaborate executor of performance art I’ve seen since Andy Kaufman in his prime.

It’s not a risk worth taking to find out.  Donald Trump is a dangerous fascist and he is our American Mussolini.

"Here's your trophy, Ali. Now get outta my country!"

“Here’s your trophy, Ali. Now get outta my country!”