Xenophobic Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has made a name for himself in the world of social media. After all his hatemongering rhetoric, Trump decided on Monday that he would send out a tweet comparing himself to Mahatma Gandhi.
Gandhi was a legendary anti-war activist, a political leader who fought for peace. Yet somehow, Trump came up with the brilliant idea of using a quote he attributed to Gandhi to bolster his campaign of bigotry and hate.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 29, 2016
Over the weekend, Trump retweeted a quote from the fascist dictator, Benito Mussolini; and even though he was too “poorly educated” to know who the quote was from when he sent it out on Twitter, he stood by the quote once he was called out on it.
Trump has made retweeting white supremacists an outright habit, and hate groups have flocked to him. Even the KKK has endorsed his run for the presidency, and although he has repeatedly been given the opportunity to disavow the racist hate group, he has chosen not to. (But it was really the ear pieces’ fault, he just didn’t hear the question.)
Trump has accused all Mexicans of being criminals, drug dealers, and rapists. He plans to build a massive wall along the U.S.- Mexico border, which he intends to force our neighbors to the south to pay for. He has called for the banning of all Muslims from the country, and has proposed shutting down mosques. He even suggested that we should have a registry for Muslims and they should have ID showing their religious affiliation.
Trump has promised to “bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding,” and he has promised to “bomb the hell out of” ISIS, Iraq, and anywhere else that happens to piss him off.
In other words, the narcissistic billionaire couldn’t be more unlike Gandhi if he tried. Trump has far more in common with the likes of Adolf Hitler, so much so that even surviving members of the Anne Frank family have come forward to denounce him.
Regardless, the other thing Trump has made a habit of when tweeting his little heart out, is not having the slightest idea what he is talking about. This time is no different. Although he attributed this quote to Gandhi, it was not the well-known advocate of peace who spoke these words. Socialist leader Nicholas Klein is the man who is responsible for this quote.
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