Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump once again proves how not totally racist he is by using racist misinformation sourced from white supremacists in one of his newest campaign ads.
In the political ad titled “Two Americas: Immigration,” Trump asserts that Hillary Clinton would allow illegal immigrant criminals to game the system by collecting social security and other benefits. Transcript from video:
“In Hillary Clinton’s America, the system stays rigged against Americans Illegal immigrants convicted of committing crimes get to stay, collecting Social Security benefits, skipping the line.”Syrian refugees flood in. Illegal immigrants convicted of committing crimes get to stay. Collecting Social Security benefits, skipping the line. Our border open. It’s more of the same, but worse.
Trump’s America is secure. Terrorists and dangerous criminals: kept out. The border: secured. Our families: safe. Change that makes America safe again.”
La Times writer Micheal Hilzik wrote an excellent piece that deconstructs Trump’s propaganda point by point:
“Bluntly speaking, these statements about Social Security are untrue. Here are the facts:
1. Unauthorized workers are not permitted to collect Social Security benefits.
2. No one can collect Social Security benefits he or she didn’t earn from working in Social Security-covered employment.
3. There’s no mechanism for anyone to “skip the line,” whatever that means.All Social Security benefits are based on one’s work history. To be vested in the program requires 40 quarters, or 10 years, of covered employment. In 2016, in practice, that means earning at least $1,260 in a quarter for that three-month period to count. No one who works has any more or less right to Social Security than anyone else, so the idea that anyone is “skipping the line” is just false.”
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow recently exposed one of the sources cited by in the Trump ad as a front for white supremacists. Here’s an excerpt from her show:
“The Center for Immigration Studies, for example, will distribute essays from Holocaust deniers every now and again. Oops.
They keep finding themselves digesting and sending around work by white nationalists. I mean, you get back to that dark side. You slip back into that really fast when you’re circulating arguments like, “the native ethnic stock that founded and built the U.S. is systematically being replaced through massive third world immigration.” “Native ethnic stock.” For the first national Donald Trump ad of the presidential election to be overtly citing the Center for Immigration Studies, the John Tanton group, that’s nuclear.”
Trump’s campaign strategy almost has an absurd brilliance to it. He says and does so many crazy things with such regular frequency, that people have become numb to the impact of any one particular scandal that would normally disqualify any ordinary candidate. His campaign strategy is basically a bed of nails approach that almost overwhelms the electorate’s senses, thereby making antics seem less damaging.
His surrogates have also mastered the art of “reality revision,” by simply dismissing any facts that don’t promote their candidate’s narrative as “media manipulation.” Trump’s followers are convinced that everything said about Trump is either a lie or doesn’t matter.
Regardless of the outcome in November, Donald Trump has re-written the book on how politicians can manipulate public perception. He’s proving that a massive, exciting unrealistic vision, shined up by exaggerated and made up negative rhetoric against real and imagined enemies, can win hearts and minds more easily than dull logic and reason.
November 8th will determine a lot more than just the next president.
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