Trump Says Throwing a Rock Warrants Gunfire in Return Against Immigrants
There is no end to the ugliness of this president’s statements on immigrants, like the following. To fire up his base — who seem to revel in suggestions of death to immigrants — the president said this, a remark so blatantly dangerous it defies description — a gun is the same as a rock? We are in crisis with this president:
“Asked if he envisions US troops firing on anyone in the groups of migrants, Trump told reporters at the White House: “I hope not. I hope not — but it’s the military.” (Trump shocks with racist new ad days before midterms.) “I hope there won’t be that,” Trump said, but added that anybody throwing rocks or stones at the military service members will be considered to be using a firearm, “because there’s not much difference when you get hit in the face with a rock.”
In a recent tweet, the president offered this gem:
His bleeting, divisive remarks are aptly described by journalist Eric Boehlert, who wrote, “If this isn’t a direct quote from Mein Kampf, it’s pretty close.” Writer Rob Sheridan posted that “ ‘Infest’ is language used in Nazi propaganda to describe the ‘infestation’ of Jews in Germany, who were compared to rats…. Here’s the President of the United States saying illegal immigrants ‘infest’ our country. Keep telling me those Nazi comparisons are unfair.”
In the Holocaust “infest” — a word normally to describe vermin — was used to dehumanize the existence of a whole people. Such language has been used since by dictators, and has more often than not led to slaughter of the people targeted.
Is that what America wants? And why is Trump’s base directing and controlling his thoughts so effectively?
Because with them he has the legislative support and power to override everyone in office and legislate an agenda that is increasingly un-democratic, one that threatens our way of life as nothing has since the Civil War.
The Republican party is doing nothing to stop the president, merely side-stepping his inflammatory speeches. They are behaving like true devotees in a cult. They never call out his hate as something that needs to be stopped.
The thing is, I believe in America, in these United States. I am proud to be a part of this country and what it truly stands for. Trump has brought out the worst in us? Yes. But so be it. Now we know, and won’t be fooled again.
Now we know and understand what is necessary to do to stop oppression in America, as we have never understood it before. It is not only the mandate written into our Constitution — it is the mandate intended to manifest in our hearts.
I believe it will.
God help us to turn the tide of this un-American rhetoric (the word “insane” comes to mind) on November 6.