The supporters of Donald Trump are trying to convince you that he “speaks the truth” but that he “is not a politician and therefore doesn’t understand the niceties of running for office”. They claim that is the reason so many of his remarks are not understood by the media and the American People. They further go on to say we should “give him a break” for his “rookie mistakes”.
Sorry, I am not buying it. I am not buying into the idea that Trump really doesn’t know how to run office or how to speak properly in public. One of his supporters even said that “Trump is not a polished speaker, he is a business man.”
Well, I have been in business. I had to give business presentations to lots of people. If you are not a polished speaker, you don’t get anything you want. That argument is as false as saying Trump never lies.
I firmly believe that Donald Trump means exactly what he is saying. I believe that Donald Trump is not hiding any messages, he is stating them openly and daring us to do something about it. He knew exactly that he was calling for someone to cause violence against his opponent. There was no “hidden meaning” in his Second Amendment remarks. There was no misinterpretation by the media either.
Last night he went one step further to assert the need for this action. He said that President Obama and Hillary Clinton were the “co-founders of ISIS”. He knows this comment will fuel the fire of any nut who wants to something “for his country” like the assassin of Rabin in Israel.
Hugh Hewitt even tried to let him off the hook this morning on his radio show. Trump wasn’t buying the off-ramp and stuck to his guns. Here is the conversation:
Hewitt: I know what you meant. You meant that he created the vacuum, he lost the peace.
Trump: No, I meant he’s the founder of ISIS. I do.
Hewitt: But he’s not sympathetic to them. He hates them. He’s trying to kill them.
Trump: I don’t care. He was the founder.
Hewitt: They screwed everything up. But by using the term founder, they’re hitting with you on this again.
Trump: No, it’s no mistake. Everyone’s liking it. I think they’re liking it.
Trump: I give him the most valuable player award. And I give it to him, and I give it to, I gave the co-founder to Hillary. I don’t know if you heard that.
Hewitt: I know what you’re arguing.
Trump: Do you not like that?”
Hewitt: I don’t. I think I would say they created, they lost the peace. They created the Libyan vacuum, they created the vacuum into which ISIS came, but they didn’t create ISIS. That’s what I would say.
Trump: Well, I disagree.
Even when he is given a reasonable “off-ramp” Trump refuses to take it. Why? It sure as hell isn’t because he is “misspeaking” again. He knows exactly what he is doing. He is trying desperately to stir up as much hate as he can against Clinton and President Obama.
When I first heard the comment about ISIS, I thought he just didn’t understand foreign policy. We removed our troops from Iraq because the Iraqi government told us to get them out. They refused to allow any troops to remain in their country. That means we had no right to leave troops in Iraq.
But, with his follow-up and doubling down of his accusations on Hugh Hewitt this morning, he proved that isn’t the case. He knows that will just encourage someone out there to try to take action against one or both of these people he is accusing to be traitors. And, he doesn’t care about the consequences.
The world heard this kind of talk before. In Germany after the end of World War I people were looking for “scapegoats” for why Germany lost the war. They believed that Germany did not lose on the battlefield, they lost because someone stabbed the country in the back. They eventually settled on the Jews for that treason.
Hitler used that mantra throughout his rise to power. He used the Jews as scapegoats for Germany’s loss in the war. He stirred up hate and hostility. He had his brown shirts terrorize the streets.
You may think that Trump isn’t doing the same thing, but you would be wrong. Just last night in Florida, some protesters were being escorted out of a Trump rally. People next to the stairs they were exiting on poured their drinks on them as they passed and tried to push them over.
Violence at Trump rallies is nothing new either. It has been going on throughout the entire election process. And, we have heard him egg on his followers while it was going on. Saying things like, “they should be taken out on a stretcher” or “if I was nearby I would punch them in the face”.
This is an old playbook that Trump is following. It has been used all over the world for generations upon generations. The reason most people don’t want to admit it is because this is the first time it has been used to this extent in this country. It is the first time a candidate running for the highest office in the land openly espouses violence against anyone who opposes them.
You can say what you want about Hillary Clinton. You can call her stupid for using a private server. You can say you don’t trust her. You can say a lot of things about her. But, one thing you cannot say about her is that she is spreading hate and violence wherever she goes.
You cannot say the same thing about Trump. You cannot blame “the angry voter” for everything either. That “angry voter” is behaving like he is because Trump is urging him to behave that badly. He wants violence at his rallies so he gets free publicity.
He doesn’t care what the ultimate consequences of his talk results in. He doesn’t care if some nut tries to use violence against Hillary Clinton or President Obama. He is using the old playbook that pits us against ourselves. As he stirs up hate and violence, he tells us he is the “shining knight on a white horse” coming to rescue us.
I won’t say Donald Trump has finally exposed himself to the world. Anyone with eyes has seen this for a long time. But, people like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell can no longer sit in the wings and pretend nothing is wrong with their candidate.
In America, we silence people like Donald Trump at the polls. We vote against such hate and fear mongering and declare we don’t need anyone to rescue us from ourselves. We are a united people who understand that authoritarianism is not a solution for us.
We will continue to have our political squabbles. We will continue to have our times of discord. We will continue to argue about how to solve our problems. But, in the end, we will all walk into a better future without the aid of a dictator.
Our voices will be heard at the ballot box. We will solve our problems together. We will make our future brighter than today. And, we will do it without people like Donald Trump running things. Our democracy and political discourse is what “American Exceptionalism” really is.
Vote in November and vote down the agents of fear, hate, doom and gloom. Vote down Donald Trump and every Republican who supports him. Only then can we have a brighter future.