Democratic Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, lashed out against Donald Trump during the Democratic debate in New Hampshire, slamming Trump for becoming “ISIS’ best recruiter” with his vile nativist and xenophobic rhetoric.
The Jihad Don
It’s fair to say the only effective running mate the Teflon Don could ever have is the right-wing Zeitgeist; his campaign strategy since it’s inception has been “attack minorities.” Anyone remember how he came out swinging against immigrants and Mexicans back when they were the right-wing’s ethnic scapegoat du jour?
After a few attacks on the Black Lives Matters movement when they were making headlines, the Teflon Don redirected his focus to the next big thing in the news cycle — the terror attacks in Paris. The attacks sent the right-wing into a feeding frenzy, but Trump carpe’d that diem and has ran with it ever since.
Every time he’s opened his mouth since, he seems to ratchet up the xenophobia and nativism. I’m in the camp saying, Trump doesn’t believe a word of this; Trump started running for the attention, but now he’s painted himself into a corner and can’t escape from the rhetorical prison he’s built.
It does not, however, change the fact at least 1/3 of Republicans do believe it.
And they aren’t the only ones. Trump’s rhetoric about ostracizing and targeting Muslims is dangerous in other ways as well: Daesh loves the “class of civilizations” rhetoric, and they want Islam to be incompatible with the Western World. That Daesh hasn’t so much as sent the Teflon Don and the American Neo-Nazi Party he’s created flowers and a “thank you for the help” letter shows what ungrateful bastards they are.
Clinton pointed this out during the Democratic debate in New Hampshire Saturday, when she said Trump’s rhetoric is the best recruitment tool that Daesh could ever want:
We need to make sure that the really discriminatory messages that Trump is sending around the world don’t fall on receptive ears. He is becoming ISIS’s best recruiter. They are going to people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists.
She argued that the best approach to attack and fight the terrorist group is to prevent Islamophobia, and unite with Muslims.
That’s unlikely, though, at least for the American right-wing. Trump doesn’t have full control over the monster he’s created now; unlike Hitler or Mussolini, who knew what they were doing when the whipped up the population, Trump’s clueless 21st-century pandering has created a firestorm that won’t be stopped until it consumes itself.
Hopefully, that happens before it consumes the rest of the country in the process.
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