Fascism rising: GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump fans Republican hysteria and America’s growing fear of Muslims after the massacre in Paris.
According to a recent interview, the GOP presidential front runner said he is open to registering U.S. Muslims in a database or giving them special identification identifying their faith, something Nazi Germany did to Jewish citizens leading up to the holocaust (Hitler’s Third Reich required Jews to wear a yellow badge resembling the Star of David).
Yahoo News asked Trump whether the level of tracking he was proposing might require registering Muslims in a database or giving them a form of special identification that noted their religion. Trump said he wouldn’t rule it out:
We’re going to have to — we’re going to have to look at a lot of things very closely. We’re going to have to look at the mosques. We’re going to have to look very, very carefully.
Earlier this week, during Tuesday night’s edition of Hannity on Fox News, Trump argued that authorities should close mosques in order to prevent an attack inside the U.S.
Explaining to Hannity why the U.S. must close mosques, Trump said:
Nobody wants to say this and nobody wants to shut down religious institutions or anything, but you know, you understand it. A lot of people understand it. We’re going to have no choice.
There’s absolutely no choice.
Politico reports that in a string of new radio ads announced Wednesday, Trump and his supporters talk tough about the candidate’s plan to strengthen the military and to defeat the Islamic State. In the new ads, Trump warns against allowing refugees from Syria into the country while pledging to “quickly and decisively bomb the hell out of ISIS.”
The bad new is that Trump’s bellicose flirtations with fascism is working. The Hill reports that according to most of the polls released in the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks, Trump has gained political strength.
As for Trump’s over the top anti-Muslim rhetoric, this is nothing new. Trump was calling for the closure of mosques back in October, long before the terrorist attacks in Paris.
Bottom line: Many Republicans are angry, frightened, and dumb. And so far Trump has proven to be a master at manipulating that fear, anger, and stupidity to his own political advantage.
“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”