I admit it, I was wrong. After saying for years that Donald Trump will never run for president, he threw his toupee into the ring yesterday. The clown car is now a clown Gulfstream G650. But I don’t think I’ve ever been happier to be wrong about something. He began his announcement by going full-on xenophobe:
“When do we beat Mexico at the border?” Trump asked the crowd at his announcement at his namesake Trump Tower in New York City. “They are not our friend, believe me…The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems…When Mexico sends its people, they are not sending their best. They are not sending you. They are sending people that have lots of problems, and they are bringing those problems to us. They are bringing drugs and they are bringing crime, and they’re rapists.”
“Some, I assume are good people. But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we are getting,” Trump continued. “They are not sending us the right people. It’s coming all over South and Latin America and it’s coming probably from the Middle East. But we don’t know because we have no protection and we have no competence. We don’t know what is happening and it has got to stop and it has to stop fast.”
Uh, Donald…they aren’t sending us anyone. People are coming here all on their own, and yes the ones who are coming are desperate to build a better life for their families. That’s exactly why immigration is a good thing and always has been. They said the exact same thing about the Irish, Germans, Poles, Italians. And all of those groups and many more have made this country a far better place by their presence.
Looks like Trump is going straight to nativist demagoguery, as so many right-wing candidates have done in the past. Make people afraid of other people and you scare them into wanting you to protect them. It’s pretty standard fascist politics.
But I’m very happy he’s in the race. His giant ego and his total ignorance of public policy guarantees that he will implode while campaigning and he will do so in the most spectacular fashion. So on behalf of comedians and writers everywhere, Donald, let me say thank you.