Racist bloviator Donald Trump and his “passionate” followers are wearing their misogyny and racism on their sleeves, and I’m okay with that. Actually, I prefer to know a person’s true colors up front so I can take my business or my vote elsewhere.
In case you haven’t been following Trumps’ horrifically ridiculous remarks, let me give you a refresher course. During his campaign launch, he called our Latino brothers and sisters “drug runners” and “rapists,” and when questioned about it later doubled down, exclaiming, “somebody’s doing the raping!!!”
During a “presidential” debate when questioned by Megyn Kelly about his misogynistic history–which is perfectly valid and actually journalistic–Trump responded by saying that she had blood coming out of her eyes and “blood coming out of her wherever”:
After that incident, Fox stood behind Trump rather than their bread and butter news anchor, Megyn Kelly. To add insult to injury, Trump demanded that Kelly apologize to him.
Then we had two brothers from Boston, inspired by Donald Trump’s vitriolic speeches, who beat a homeless Hispanic man and urinated in his face and left him on the sidewalk to die–or whatever. Trump’s response was completely free of condemnation, rather quite supportive:
I will say, the people that are following me are very passionate. They love this country. They want this country to be great again. But they are very passionate. I will say that.
During his recent visit to Alabama you can hear a man screaming “white power” in the background, which was ignored during his speech:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4_UiUrRcbg?feature=player_detailpage]
When asked about it afterward, Trump’s campaign manager replied:
I don’t know about the individual you’re talking about in Alabama. I know there were 30-plus thousand people in that stadium. They were very receptive to the message of ‘making America great again’ because they want to be proud to be Americans again.
Worth noting is the fact that Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski (a Koch careerist), looks frighteningly white supremacist-y, and he commented even more frighteningly about the events in Boston:
We would never condone violence. If that’s what happened in Boston, by no means would that be acceptable in any nature. However, we should not be ashamed to be Americans. We should be proud of our country, proud of our heritage, and continue to be the greatest country in the world.
You can see the CNN interview here:
As Rolling Stone magazine put it, when Trump called his followers “passionate” is when he officially stopped being funny. I think it’s important that we see the candidates’ true colors before they are ever elected. It’s not his racism, misogyny or blatant lies that coming spewing from his pursed lips that bothers me. What bothers me is that he has a large number of supporters who are indeed passionate, and they will be voting for him. I hope the sane majority of this country gets out and votes in the primaries. Otherwise, we could very well end up with a (dare I say it?) President Trump.
Featured image via PopDust.