Those who genuflect to Donald Trump offer pious — and often obscene — denials of their hate, their racism, their bigotry and other forms of anger but they are all that…and more.
They become the man they support and Trump is a flagrant racist, a blowhard bigot and a endless spewer of hate.
Writes Michael Gerson of The Washington Post:
The Republican nominee came to prominence feeding fears of Mexicans, migrants and Muslims. He refuses to engage in the normal moral and political hygiene of repudiating extremism. I don’t believe that anything close to half of Trump supporters are motivated by racism. But they are willing to tolerate a level of prejudice that should be morally unacceptable in a presidential candidate.
Those who wear those “Make American Great Again” hats made overseas can try to hide behind claims that they support other parts of Trump’s so-called “agenda” but they embrace him, largely, because he is an arrogant, self-serving bastard who promotes racism bigotry by using hate, fear and ignorance to promote himself and his disgust for anything that does not serve his purposes.
Why is this such a problem? Because racial prejudice is not one problem among many in American history. It is the sin that nearly destroyed us. It is a special category of wrong. It is not sufficient to say: I agree with Trump on 90 percent of the issues — on tax reform and energy policy and criminal-justice issues — but dissent on the 10 percent involving systematic religious discrimination, forced expulsion, war crimes, the demonization of refugees and the general dehumanization of the other. These matters are foundational.
Consider Trump’s actions and his many lies:
He calls opponents “liars” when he, in fact, is the largest liar on the Presidential race and perhaps the largest one of all time in politics.
Campaign surrogate Rudy Giuliani told Chris Matthews on MSNBC that Trump “now believes” he was wrong when he questioned the birth of Barack Obama and has said so. Trump’s campaign manager offered the same lie.
When asked this week if he renounces his claim that Obama is not a natural born citizen, Trump refused to answer. He did not appear to be willing to anger his many supporters who, like him, are birthers.
Then, on Friday, Trump — after five years of claiming Obama was born in Kenya — finally admitted the President was born in Hawaii when it was a territory, which made him a natural born American but then Trump lied outright again by claiming it was Hillary Clinton who started the birther movement to discredit Obama.
Trump also claims he saw “thousands of Muslims” in New Jersey cheering when terrorists crashed their hijacked planes into the World Trade Centers. Yet no one else ever saw such a thing and no video tape of such an outrage exists.
When former Klansman David Duke called Trump the “standard bearer” of White Supremacy, Trump refused to denounce Duke.
“I am overjoyed to see Donald Trump and most Americans embrace most of the issues I’ve championed for years,” Duke says.
Trump says he won’t denounce “my fans.”
“America First,” Trump often shouts at his rallies. Ku Klux Klan members shout the same thing at their rallies.
Trump issues lie after lie in every campaign speech, at every appearance, and in every interview. When caught in any of his many lies, he refuses to acknowledge a single one of them and changes the subject.
The federal government has fined Trump for discriminatory practices at his hotels, his casinos and his golf courses. Employees at the establishments have testified, under oath, that they were ordered to keep minorities away whenever Trump was on the premises.
He stiffs vendors and contractors who work on his projects, sues anyone who challenges his illegal and immoral activities and brags about the adultery he has practices against his wives.
Yet his supporters claim he speaks for them and they support what he stands for.
There’s an old saying that “when you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas.”
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