I really have to laugh sometimes at the absurdity of Donald Trump. Honestly, if you are one of his supporters, you need to look at yourself in a mirror and ask if you really believe this man represents your values.
For instance, Trump told a crowd in Iowa back in January:
“I think I’ll get along great with a lot of people,” Trump told a crowd of 1,500 at a Christian college in northwest Iowa. “Before I was doing this, I got along with the Democrats, with the Republicans, with the liberals, with the conservatives. I get along with people.”
Last night, Chris Christie, who can’t go home after becoming Trump’s latest lickspittle because they’re burning him in effigy in New Jersey, came to the podium of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago “Versailles on the Jewish Riviera” and said, “Tonight is the beginning of Donald Trump bringing the Republican Party together for a big victory this November.”
Yeah, Trump brings it together all right.
He’s managed to unite the Ku Klux Klan with Louis Farrakhan, achieving what must be recognized as the biggest inclusive tent of hate in the history of American politics.
Farrakhan said this week that Trump “is the only member who has stood in front of the Jewish community and said ‘I don’t want your money,’” There you go, the KKK and Nation of Islam both hate Jews; ipso facto, Trump is loved by Jew haters.
Trump tweeted Mussolini. He wouldn’t renounce it.
“It’s okay to know it’s Mussolini,” Trump explained. “Mussolini was Mussolini. It’s a very good quote. It’s a very interesting quote. And I saw it. I know who said it. But what difference does it make, whether it’s Mussolini or somebody else. It’s certainly a very interesting quote. That’s probably why I have on Facebook and Twitter more than 14 million people and other people don’t.”
I’m sure Hitler had a lot of interesting quotes too. Or Eichmann. Or Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader. Trump says he’s against the Iran deal, but his focus is really on China and Mexico. The New Yorker exposed his doublespeak.
But his focus was different. Instead of outward-looking nationalism, Trump peddled inward-looking nationalism. He, too, said that America under Obama was weak. But instead of focusing on the consequences of that weakness overseas, he focused on the consequences at home. Instead of focusing on how Iran was making the Middle East dangerous and chaotic, he focused on how illegal immigrants from Mexico were making the United States dangerous and chaotic. Instead of focusing on how Russia was undermining Ukraine, he focused on how China was stealing American jobs. The other candidates said hostile countries were undermining America’s global position. Trump focused on the way said hostile countries were undermining Americans’ quality of life.
Israel doesn’t have a jobs problem or a quality of life problem, unless you consider a smoking radioactive hole in Tel Aviv a quality of life issue. I consider that an existential problem.
Trump, who said he was pro-Israel, but neutral on the Israel/Palestinian conflict (which is like saying I’m for protecting women but neutral on rape), has exposed himself as the one person who can get whites, blacks and racists of all stripes together to oppose the Jews.
I’m glad Jews are waking up to this fact (because no, Jews don’t run the world). Because the last powerful demagogue leader of a technologically and culturally advanced western country who united the population against Jews, weakened free speech, and built a huge military…well we know what happened.
Unless Trump wants to deny the Holocaust next.