Over the past several months the question that has been asked over and over again by political analysts and media pundits has been,”Is this finally the outrageous, outlandish or flat-out batsh*t crazy thing Donald Trump says that will hurt his 2016 Presidential bid?”
So far The Teflon Don has been an unstoppable juggernaut of demagoguery crashing through every wall of political decorum and spewing out so much hateful rhetoric and propaganda that Joe McCarthy is high-fiving Joseph Goebbels in Hell right now.
A quick snapshot of some of Trumps greatest hits include calling Mexicans rapist in June, insulting Carly Fiorina about her appearance in September, and mocking New York Times reporter, Serge Kovaleski about his disability in November. However, this past Monday, Donald Trump’s reach may have finally exceeded his grasp as he publicly called for barring entry to any Muslim into The United States.
Trump, who has taken a hard-line against the Muslim community since the Paris attacks last month, called for a:
total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.
A position that not only received sharp criticism from Democrats but even gave pause to the most ardent conservative within the Republican party. Party hardliners like Chris Christie, Paul Ryan and even Dick Cheney rejected Donald Trump’s ludicrous suggestion of barring entry of Muslims worldwide, and even Jeb Bush called Trump “unhinged”, this coming from a man who use to share a bedroom with George W!
But the criticism was not just contained to the arena of American politics, Trump’s inflammatory comments resonated worldwide as leaders of several different countries chimed in, propelling Trump’s status from domestic to international asshole in a matter of hours.
Conservative Prime Minister of The United Kingdom David Cameron called Trump “divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong,” and France’s prime Minister Manuel Valls tweeted “Mr Trump, like others, stokes hatred: our ONLY enemy is radical Islam.”
On the heels of such controversy the real question is will this backlash have any impact on Trump’s rabid, almost fanatical supporters, or will this only cement his appeal among a base that runs much more on emotion, fear, and paranoia than on facts, reality and logic.
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