Donald Trump pretty much just went Full Nazi

Please G-d let this be a real photo of Trump speaking at a Jewish Coalition Forum event, Dec. 3, 2015 (AFP/SAUL LOEB)

Donald Trump, a Republican candidate for Führer of the United Fascist States of America, said today there should be a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” including Muslim citizens who are currently abroad.

Today also happens to be the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, in Hawaii. As World War II unfolded, many Japanese-American citizens of the United States were forcibly removed from their homes and lives and placed in “internment camps.”

Coincidence, I'm sure.

Reacting to Trump's outrageous and racist proposal, which was met with outrage and lots of attention online, rival Rebublican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush called Trump “unhinged.”

The proposed ban of “Muslims,” however you define and verify that identity, would apply to immigrants and visitors alike. It's pretty clearly a violation of the First Amendment.

Here, let me Wikipedia that for you, Donald Trump.

The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights.

In a tweeted statement, Trump’s campaign said the Muslim Ban should remain in effect “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

Unburdened by the need to cite any sources for the pure bullshit it contains, Trump's statement also references hatred felt by “large segments of the Muslim population” toward Americans.

“Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life,” Trump said in the statement.

The New York Times spoke to the Trump camp. “Asked what prompted his statement, Mr. Trump said, “death,” according to a spokeswoman.”

[via AP/Times of Israel/please let that photo be real]

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  1. He's basically the comment section at FOX news in human-ish form.

  2. I'm still waiting for the curtain to rise at which point Trump bellows into the microphone, in a tone of both amazement and indignation: "Guys, this campaign was a joke. Holy crap, you people are insane. I would never want to be the leader of losers this stupid. I'm out. Andy Kaufmann, kiss my black ass." *mic drop*

  3. jrh382 says:

    I know the feeling. I'm sort of just numb to Trump's bullshit at this point. When you lead with "all Mexican immigrants are rapists" and "I'd fuck my daughter if she weren't related to me" and somehow manage to get worse, though, I guess that makes sense.

  4. It wouldn't be that bad if Trump was just exposing the bigotry that thrives just below the surface of American society. But when people hear leaders (or wannabe leaders) speaking like this in public it legitimizes and emboldens their worst instincts. When those who dominate the national conversation say stuff like "all Muslims are a terrorist threat" it's only natural that some people are going to react by forming a lynch mob.

    I don't think Trump can win a general election, but win or lose his campaign has inflicted untold long-term damage to American race relations and public discourse.

  5. Even FDR didn't campaign on that, though.

    While it's no excuse for the Executive Order, the pressure to detain Japanese Americans largely came from senior military officials. It was a xenophobic, unconstitutional response to a bad situation but it wasn't just a ploy to convert racism into votes.

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