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The Platform Of Hate The Republican Party Built For Donald Trump

Some Republican politicians have responded to Donald Trump’s demand that all Muslims, including American citizens, be prevented from crossing the border into the United States by condemning his statements. They want to create the impression that Donald Trump’s comments aren’t representative of the Republican Party.

The GOP has a long history of support for efforts to deprive Muslims of their constitutional rights, however. A few years ago, Republican Congressman Allen West led a coalition of GOP members of Congress who wanted the federal government to have the power to prevent mosques from being built. After her failed 2008 campaign for Vice President, Sarah Palin joined a smiliar ban-the-mosques crusade. Carl Paladino, Republican candidate for governor of New York State, and Earl Sholley, Republican congressional candidate in Massachusetts, joined in the anti-mosque movement as well. Republican protesters in Murfreesboro set fire to a mosque around the same time. Though they were joined by some gutless Democrats, Republicans in Congress were the majority of those who recently voted for legislation to obstruct aid to refugees because of their Muslim identity. Ben Carson supports Donald Trump’s idea of forcing American Muslims to carry around ID cards displaying symbols of their religious identity, and compelling Muslims to submit their personal information to a database to be used by the government to spy against them. Ted Cruz has insisted that only Christians – not Muslims – from certain countries should be allowed to visit the USA. Marco Rubio has proposed closing down businesses if the owners of those businesses practice Islam in a way that the federal government has not granted approval of. Mike Huckabee has insisted that Christians be given the power to impose their beliefs through fundamentalist religious laws, while denying the same power to Muslims.

The upshot is this: Donald Trump is only the loudest, richest, most recent voice in a long, ugly Republican tradition of paranoid discrimination against Muslim Americans. This point was made by Senator Harry Reid this week, who commented,

“Donald Trump has become the Republican Party, because it is just not him – many of the leading candidates for the Republican nomination have said the same hateful things, especially about Muslims. Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz proposed religious tests for refugees. You can’t condemn Trump when you want to impose a religious test on women and children fleeing death and persecution. Ben Carson has called Muslims ‘rabid dogs.’ Chris Christie said they should be tracked.

Today, Donald Trump offered the only true statement he has made for some time, referring to some of his fellow Republicans, those running against him for President. He said: ‘They have been condemning almost everything I say and then they come to my side.’

That is disturbing, but it is true. Republican candidates condemn Trump’s remarks and then adopt his racist policies as their own.

We shouldn’t try to fool ourselves: This sort of racism has been prevalent in Republican politics for decades. Trump is just saying out loud what other Republicans merely suggest.

Political leaders must condemn these hateful, un-American statements with their words and their actions. Silence only empowers bigots.”

8 thoughts on “The Platform Of Hate The Republican Party Built For Donald Trump”

  1. Frank says:

    You’re full of shit. ” History of taking Muslim citizens rights away”…you liberals are coming up with BS and get away with it, that’s the problem we have.

  2. J Clifford says:

    Have any facts to back up your assertions, Frank?

    Your SUPPOSED quote doesn’t even come from this article, Frank.

    Are you so profoundly disconnected from the ability to check facts that you can’t even quote an article correctly in that article’s own comments section?

    The correct quote is this: “The GOP has a long history of support for efforts to deprive Muslims of their constitutional rights.” Peregrin has provided a sample of items to substantiate this claim.

    Can you, or are you just full of Trumpist Brownshirt hot air?

    As for the way that liberals “get away with it”, Frank, I wonder if you are a supporter of Donald Trump’s plan to censor the Internet and do away with free speech. Is that how you’d like to see liberals not get away with speaking freely any more?

    What makes you think that free speech is something some people shouldn’t get away with? What kind of country do you think you live in?

    1. ella says:

      J Clifford: He read this statement. ““Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on,” he said, adding the word “hell” for emphasis this time.”

      I don’t know if the Republican Party build this platform for Donald Trump, but Trump has since clarified his stance by saying that of course it did not include those who are authorized. I am adding, such as government employees, entertainers, officials of some type. It is being ignored that persons from designated countries are already banned or severely questioned before re-entering the country, whether they are Muslim or not, or weren’t before they left. But there has to be issues or the public will not come out to vote. Trump is the only candidate running with the strength of character and personality to with stand this libelous barrage of banter. Though, in the light of politics, misinformation is not considered libel. People who can be influenced with misinformation will be. Deceit and distortion are common during presidential campaigns. Rarely has anyone contributed to the fodder for such as this candidate though. Trump is right, he will bring out those who had given up, the silent majority will be heard from this time. If he is the republican candidate. Almost everyone would stay home for Hillary. More so that for the Green Party.

  3. Charles Manning says:

    Peregrin Wood, I agree with you. I think Trump is actually less dangerous to peace and civil liberties than some of the others you referred to, particularly Cruz and Rubio. They — especially Cruz — aren’t very critical of Trump because Trump makes them seem moderate. Cruz and Rubio are waiting to harvest all those Trump voters when Trump finally implodes. Keep on focusing on Cruz and Rubio, along with Trump.

  4. Leroy says:

    With any luck, Trump’s ego forces him to run Third Party as Independent and pull most of those supporters with him.

  5. Peregrin Wood says:

    Some balance is required, I think, Charles. Donald Trump is so extreme, and so popular, that I think he needs to be covered. You’re right, though, that almost the entire Republican field is involved in this slide toward fascism.

    People have been waiting for Donald Trump to implode for half a year. He’s got an immense amount of money to prop himself up.

  6. ella says:

    Peregrin Wood “The Platform Of Hate The Republican Party Built For Donald Trump” title of article

    I would have titled it: ‘The Clinton Machine Sets Platform of Hate for Donald Trump’

    Of course fellow Republicans would jump on board with the front leader. But who would distort, misrepresent any and all statements made by their rival? Who would cover up the basis for controversial remarks, comments by their serious challenger. And how would they represent him? It would not truly behoove a fellow Republican to do so, because it is damaging to the Republican brand. Why would they deliberately destroy their own Party and chance to maybe become the next Vice President? Who would love to, and in fact predicted that Obama would, destroy the Republican Party. Well, that is so obvious, not only the Clinton’s, but the Democratic Party machine. No, Republicans need to be praised for their efforts to support their party. Republicans are contesting with a determined Socialist Party/Democratic Party who is using the media to distort fact and try to discourage the Republicans. Make Democrats believe they no longer have a choice, that they only have one Party to vote for.

    That is not the form of Republican Democracy that this nation was built on, nor is it the Democratic Republic is changes to every 4 to 8 years. The American people do not want, or deserve to be treated in this way.

  7. ella says:

    And while we are at it, did you know that Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in Congress have demanded a pay raise? Wanting to tax everyone until they have no income to pay for another addition to their already income of around $200,000 a year. Poor come to work to spend the taxpayers money Democrats!

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