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Republicans Pile Fake Outrage On Donald Trump After They Have Said The Same Thing About Muslims.
Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you have not been able to escape the unrelenting media attention that is being heaped on Donald Trump this week. At a rally in South Carolina on Dec. 7, Donald Trump put forth the notion that the United States should enact a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” He likened the proposal to President Franklin Roosevelt’s actions against Japanese and Germans in America during World War II.
Most of the “establishment” Republicans are trying to distance themselves from Donald Trump and his aberrant ideas. Everyone from Reince Prebius is to Dick Cheney is chiming in with their opinions. Paul Ryan said “This is not conservatism, it doesn’t fit within our American values.” Reasonable American values, maybe. Perhaps someone should remind Mr. Ryan of Native American genocide, slavery, internment camps, Operation Wetback, Jim Crow, the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr, Black Lives Matter. Actually if you add Donald Trump’s proposal to the list, it is part and parcel with the American conservative world view. Don’t try to feed us that line of bullshit.
Look! The Fake Outrage As The GOP Tries To Distance Itself From Donald Trump.
Chris Christie gave his response on Michael Medved’s radio show (audio):
“Again, this is the kind of thing that people say when they have no experience and don’t know what they’re talking about. We do not need to endorse that type of activity, nor should we.”
Perhaps the best sound bite of all came from South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham on CNN’s “New Day”:
“You know how you make America great again? Tell Donald Trump to go to hell.”
Here are more cases of outrage from other Republican candidates, all from their Twitter pages:
Image via Twitter.
Image via Twitter.
Image via Twitter.
Not So Fast, Cowboys!
The L.A. Times reports that Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, is pushing back against Republicans who are now trying to distance themselves from Donald Trump’s vitriolic anti-Muslim proposal, highlighting what she calls similarly divisive rhetoric from other GOP presidential hopefuls.
In an essay addressing the issue, she said:
“When you take a step back and see what the Republican field as a whole says about Muslims. It’s hard to take seriously their attempts to distance themselves from Mr. Trump,” He’s just articulating the logical conclusion of what the rest of them have been saying.”
Hillary Clinton is correct. Most of the Republican field seems to have done a complete 180 since the ISIS attack on Paris. In an article by ThinkProgress published Nov. 17, the GOP candidates seemed to have been speaking out of the other side of their mouths. The article points some of the most extreme ideas by some of the candidates.
How Soon They Forget
Why have their views (except Donald Trump’s) changed so drastically in less than a month? Republican’s opinions on Syrian refugees, all quoted from the November 17th ThinkProgress article:
- Donald Trump: Deport them.Donald Trump said he would not only ban Syrian refugees from coming to America, but deport the ones who are already here, according to ABC News.
- Marco Rubio: Turn them away.While Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) had previously told CNN he was open to allowing Syrian refugees to enter the United States, he walked that back saying the United States “won’t be able to take more refugees.”
- Ted Cruz: Ban them unless they are Christian. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told The Washington Post that he planned to introduce legislation banning all Muslim refugees from Syria from entering America. Christian refugees from Syria, however, would be allowed.
- Jeb Bush: Strengthen screenings and focus on helping Christians “I think we need to do thorough screening and take in a limited number,” Bush said in an interview on CNN‘s “State of the Union” in November. “There are a lot of Christians in Syria that have no place now.”
- Rand Paul: Block their visas. It’s “misplaced humanitarianism” to continue accepting refugees into the United States in light of the Paris terror attacks, Paul thought last month on Rand Paul News.
- John Kasich: Ban them and keep them out of Ohio. Kasich made these statements during an interview reported by Fox News Insider.
- Mike Huckabee: Close our borders, and place refugees in encampments abroad.
From another ThinkProgress article.
- Chris Christie: Ban them. Even the kids.If elected, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he would not accept Syrian refugees into the United States, not even “orphans under the age of five.”
What a bunch of opportunistic hypocrites!
Scenes From The Rally
Oddly, CNN reports that following the South Carolina rally on Dec. 7, where Donald Trump made the caustic statement, 6 out of 8 Trump supporters stood by Trump’s proposed ban, which drew whoops and hollers. Trump was among his people. Bigoted, religiously and racially intolerant, low information, uneducated, politically incorrect voters.
Watch this video of Trump supporters from CNN:
Trump reporters told CNN reporters what they thought of the proposal:
75-year-old Charlie Marzka of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina told CNN,
“I think that we should definitely disallow any Muslims from coming in. Any of them. The reason is simple: we can’t identify what their attitude is,”
Another Trump supporter, Hoyt Wood, a 68-year-old military veteran, in the same interview said,
“Islam is not a religion. It’s a violent blood cult. OK? That’s what Islam is … all they know is violence, that’s all they know. It’s not a peace-loving religion.
55-year-old Susan Kemmelin also said,
“We can’t look at a Muslim and tell if they’re a terrorist or friendly.”
While Donald Trump attempted to soften his call for a ban on Muslim immigration, saying it would not affect Muslims already living in the U.S., he spoke at length about existing Muslim Americans and suggested many are not trustworthy, prompting some Trump supporters to chant “send ’em home.”
Could this be a harbinger to Trump fleeing the GOP and running as an Independent?