Donald Trump’s “hot mic” moment may well have moment destroyed him. The debate finished the job — if enough liberals show up to vote on Election Day, Trump is dead in the water and it’s hello, Madam President. His is doing everything he can, it seems, to destroy his chances.
That doesn’t mean he’s backing down, though, far from it, in fact. The Guardian reports that on Wednesday, Donald Trump said that if Clinton wins the election, not only will ISIS take over the United States — it’s going to take over the world, too.
Trump would really like to remind you that ISIS exists. During the debate, he took a question about the “hot mic” moment — in which he proudly bragged about sexually molesting women — and turned it into how he’s going to kick ISIS’s collective ass because his “locker room talk” wasn’t as bad as ISIS:
“I am embarrassed by it and I hate it, but it’s locker room talk and one of those things. I will knock the hell out of ISIS. We are anything to defeat ISIS. It happened a number of years ago in a vacuum that was left. Because of bad judgment. I will tell you, I will take care of ISIS. We need to get on to much more important and bigger things.”
If that made your head spin, consider that was at the beginning of the debate and he got less coherent from there.
And then there was one of the most audacious moments in the entire debate: Trump threw his own running mate, Mike Pence, into oncoming traffic to avoid making himself look bad while answering a question that actually had something to do with ISIS:
Trump, of course, wants us to know that he’ll fight radical Islam. How? Who knows. Maybe he wants to turn the Fallout series into a real-life documentary — there’s enough idiots who seem to think that using nukes is a good idea that I’m not surprised to find Trump is one of them.
The real purpose for him constantly bringing ISIS up, though, because ISIS is his current boogieman. He wants you to be scared of ISIS, because that’s the only way his tough guy, Il Duce self-image works. Once you realize ISIS isn’t an existential threat to the United States, Derp Führer’s act unravels at the seams, with no real answers for any problems beyond “Trust me.”
And he continued that trend on Wednesday, when the Guardian reported Trump as saying that if Clinton won, then ISIS was going to take over the world:
Trump now says that Isis wants Clinton to win because if she does, “they’ll not only take over that part of the world, they’ll take over this country, they’ll take over this part of the world.”
Isis will take over the United States if Hillary Clinton is elected president. – Donald Trump
Now, this is exceedingly unlikely. ISIS is not having a good time of it right now. They’re on the ropes, and they’re preparing for their own loss. ISIS probably won’t see this decade out, and while terrorism isn’t going away (see: Trump’s supporters), ISIS very likely is.
Do you know what a bigger, more immediate danger to American citizens happens to be, though?
Firearms. You are more likely to be killed by your fellow, armed citizens than you are a terrorist or a refugee. Some 13,000 people have died every year since 2014, which is the equivalent of a 9/11 every month for four months straight.
If you want to talk safety, you talk about firearm restriction. Because anything else is a smokescreen hiding blind xenophobia and racism.
And, thankfully, Clinton is very interested in discussing gun safety and regulations. So while ISIS won’t be taking over the United States anytime soon (or EVER), if even some of Clinton’s firearm policies are put into place, the country may wind up being safer in the long run.
Or you can put a mutant tangerine in control of our nuclear codes. I mean, this is literally your only other decision (no, throwing your vote away on Crunchy Anti-Vaxx Granola Girl and Insane Libertarian 2.0 does not count as a protest vote; it counts as a vote for Trump), so choose wisely.
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