Thursday, March 17, 2016

Donald Trump Dump 03.17.16

" I have no desire to get in the fray. Now it looks like he's going to be the nominee. I can't sit back anymore. I can't hold my tongue.....He did nothing to liberate the middle class from political correctness until he decided to run for president. He's not actually doing anything except inciting riots." --Christine O’Donnell
Donald Trump, though, either doesn't understand the First Amendment, doesn't like it, or he doesn't care, preferring instead to lie to his supporters, pretending that people talking back to him—or, gasp, protesting his rallies—are un-American "thugs" trying to take away their First Amendment right to band together against "the other" in their so-called quest for greatness. Footage of his rallies shows him standing before his people, egging them on as they manhandle protesters, yelling about "political correctness," making his supporters want to strike out. What he is doing is classic demagoguery: Play to people's fears about "the other" taking what is theirs (money, jobs, rights, the country they want to control). Cheer them on when they express their hatred, thus giving them permission to act on their supremacist leanings. Even give them a language to excuse it: "I just hate political correctness," people repeat over and over again after saying something blatantly racist. It's stunning. --Donna Ladd [Jackson Free Press]
"If he's the nominee, it's not going to be ideal," says Alexis Levinson, a reporter for the conservative National Review who can't get on the media list for Trump events these days. "If the Democratic nominee is willing to credential National Review and the Republican nominee is not, think on that one for a second. That's a strange dynamic."
"Having vendettas against outlets and playing it out to the point that you're not letting them in as press is ridiculous," says Sam Stein, a senior politics editor at the Huffington Post, which has found itself banned from Trump events, possibly because of its decision early in the campaign to relegate Trump to the website's entertainment section. (The publication reversed that move but started adding a disclaimer to the end of each Trump article labeling him a racist.) "I'm completely opposed to that. And I find it fairly childish for the Trump campaign to do this. It doesn't suggest someone who's big and tough and brave, that he can't face critical media."
Jewish history teaches that when hatred is unleashed, it takes on a life of its own. said Jerry Salkin, a Hollywood, Fla., rabbi helping to organize the boycott against Trump’s AIPAC speech.
“These are the darkest days for Republican Jews like myself,” former George W. Bush speechwriter Noam Neusner wrote in a column this month in the Forward, a Jewish newspaper. He wrote that Trump “has built within our party the nearest thing America has ever seen to a European nativist working-class political movement. Such movements, to put it mildly, have never been good for the Jews or allies of free thought and the free market.”