For some time now, so many have been trying to avoid comparing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to the ideas that led up to Nazi Germany. It’s a bold comparison, and not one any person should take lightly.
Only a few days ago, after the Paris attacks, Trump told MSNBC that he would be in favor of Mosques shutting down. He said:
“You’re going to have to watch and study the mosques, because a lot of talk is going on at the mosques… Under the old regime we had tremendous surveillance going around and in the mosques in New York City.”
Now, doubling down on this blatant disregard for the Muslim faith to practice freely in the United States, Trump now implies that Muslims should wear some form of ID on them identifying them as Muslim.
“Yahoo News asked Trump whether his push for increased surveillance of American Muslims could include warrantless searches. He suggested he would consider a series of drastic measures.”
“We’re going to have to do things that we never did before. And some people are going to be upset about it, but I think that now everybody is feeling that security is going to rule. And certain things will be done that we never thought would happen in this country in terms of information and learning about the enemy. And so we’re going to have to do certain things that were frankly unthinkable a year ago.”
Likely terrified of what Trump has in mind to completely disregard Muslim-Americans’ Constitutional rights, Yahoo News asked if any of his plans included increased surveillance or special identification.
“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.”
Basically implying, “yes, we need to make sure we keep all Muslim Americans under our thumb, ID them, and close their places of worship.”
The thought of an American president closing places of worship and making a certain faith identify themselves openly is absolutely horrifying. This is what Adolf Hitler did to those of the Jewish faith in Nazi Germany when he required Jews wear the Star of David on their clothing.
What next? Is Trump going to suggest we burn all books written by Muslims? Is he going to round them up and place them in camps?
This slippery slope of rhetoric is something that the GOP needs to stop NOW if they are at all going to be taken seriously. Otherwise, this election has just gotten extremely scary and could result in some very dire consequences.
Those who don’t learn from history are bound to repeat it.
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