Friday, July 3, 2015

Bigotry sells in the GOP

Donald Trump is currently running second in the Republican Party polls for president - and second in both Iowa and New Hampshire, too. This clown has gone up in the standings after these remarks. Incredible, isn't it?

Forget the rapist stuff, for the moment. Donald Trump actually thinks that Mexico is sending us their citizens, "the killers, the drug-dealers, the rapists"? Is he really that clueless about the causes of immigration?

We are a nation of immigrants. We're all descended from people who came here from somewhere else (even the Native Americans, ultimately). Our ancestors were people who were willing to risk everything to find a new home. By and large, they weren't wealthy aristocrats, because wealthy aristocrats were doing just fine where they were.

You know, all Republicans might want to take a moment and review these words:
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"


Chimeradave said...

The sad thing is that people think this was off the cuff. The fact that he hasn't taken it back suggests that it was calculated. What he said actually appeals to his voter base of white Republicans that are terrified of minorities.

WCG said...

I don't know, John. Is Trump as big a clown as he seems or just putting on an act? If it's an act, it's an Academy Award-caliber performance, and he never, ever seems to go out of character.

To some extent, his bombast must be calculated, I'd think, but... it's just really hard to tell. Just because it works with the Republican base doesn't mean that Trump isn't actually that stupid.

Look at Louie Gohmert, for example, the stupidest man in Congress. He has supporters - and not just in his own district, either. (I'd heard that he was considering a run for the presidency, himself, but I think he decided against it. Too bad. He would have been a perfect fit for the clown car that's the GOP presidential primary.)

Whether this was calculated or not, it's a sad state of affairs when these are the presidential candidates of one of America's two main political parties.