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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Donald Trump may well be the most polarizing figure to come along in American politics for several generations. Still, he has managed to unite David Duke and Louis Farrakhan, men whose cultural and political profiles suggest they’d find it hard to agree on anything.

Duke is a former Ku Klux Klan leader who served in the Louisiana House of Representatives before losing several races for higher office. A white nationalist, Duke has traded not only in a frank and forthright bigotry against black people but also in anti-Semitism.

Farrakhan is the leader of the Nation of Islam, a cultish religious organization that claims roots in Islam but is more closely connected to black nationalism. He, too, has a long history of anti-Semitism, as well as reckless and unhinged attacks on white people in general.

Whatever their serious and searing disagreements, both men are attracted to Trump’s presidential candidacy. You probably know by now that Duke has spoken fondly of Trump, telling his presumably white radio audience recently that voting for anyone else is “really treason to your heritage.”

Farrakhan, for his part, has stopped short of an outright endorsement. But he did tell his followers that “I like what I’m looking at” in Trump because the real estate mogul “has stood in front of (the) Jewish community and said, ‘I don’t want your money.'”

If you’ve somehow managed to miss the rise of Trumpism in this most peculiar campaign season, the fawning of Duke and Farrakhan provides a quick guide to the roiling resentments and bitter antagonisms that undergird Trump’s popularity: He hasn’t just attracted bigots, but he has also urged them on. He was slow to repudiate David Duke’s enthusiastic support; he has engaged in a cheap and hateful xenophobia, smearing Mexican immigrants as “criminals” and “rapists”; he has vowed to close the United States to all Muslim immigrants.

Though the Republican establishment is belatedly in full-out panic over Trump’s rise, his dominance in the GOP presidential primaries isn’t the most worrisome thing about his campaign. Whatever happens to his candidacy, his voters aren’t going away — and neither are their dangerous passions. Their anger will not be easily placated.

How did we come to this? Isn’t the United States supposed to be the “shining city on a hill,” the exemplar of racial diversity and religious pluralism, the exceptional nation that respects human rights and practices tolerance?

In truth, we’ve never been as exceptional as we claim. Our history shows a faltering and hesitant path toward the practice of our stated ideals, a twisting, wrenching journey toward full equality for all. But either through divine inspiration or sheer luck, the nation has had the right people at the right time, whether Abraham Lincoln or Eleanor Roosevelt or Martin Luther King.

Still, there have always been forces of backlash and bigotry among us. Those forces are most powerful during times of economic dislocation and rapid social change, when ordinary citizens grow anxious about their jobs and fearful about their place in the social order. And we are living through just such a moment: The population is becoming more diverse just as the crosswinds of globalization and technological change have buffeted the economy. It is only too easy for some people to blame the “other,” to find scapegoats in those people who don’t look or sound like them.

Perhaps the nation might have avoided the rise of Donald Trump and his odious politics if more of our political and business leaders had avoided the impulse to pander to hate and to profit from fear. Instead, there has been pandering aplenty. Politicians have played to the peanut gallery, exploiting racial, ethnic and religious fault lines for advantage. Meanwhile, media moguls interested less in policy than in money have found it lucrative to exploit divisions with tendentious news-talk shows that foster fear and cultivate anxiety.

If the nation survives this crazy season — and I still don’t believe we will swear in a President Trump next January — perhaps our leaders will learn an important lesson: This democracy is a delicate matter, a fragile proposition, and it must be nurtured and protected. Our exceptionalism depends on our making righteous choices.

Cynthia Tucker won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2007. She can be reached at cynthia@cynthiatucker.com.

Photo: Arete13 via Flickr

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69 responses to “Trump Panders To Forces Of Backlash And Bigotry”

  1. Dominick Vila says:

    Race is being used by Trump’s strategists to deflect attention from his support of abortion and universal healthcare, and the way he praised President Obama and SoS Hillary Clinton before he decided to run for the GOP nomination.
    It will be fun to watch the conservatives reaction when Trump’s liberal social views are exposed.

    • itsfun says:

      Except for his views on immigration, I see Trump as more of a moderate or middle of the road politician. He likes to call names and talk tough, but as he has said, he is a deal maker. Making deals requires compromise which we haven’t seen much of in the last 7 plus years. I am not a Trump supporter, but I don’t see him as a my way or the highway guy.

      • Joan says:

        Really, the man who files suit at the slightest insult, the man who wants to rewrite libel laws so he can sue more? This is the guy you do not think is a my way or the highway type?
        How do you think his supporters will react to compromise? The same people who shut down the government costing millions because they were unwilling to compromise? Compromise has not been in the GOP vocabulary for seven years. It was never a word or concept they had much use for.

        • itsfun says:

          yep really. I don’t want a my way or highway guy. We have seen that for the last 7 plus years. As far as shutting down the government, that is Obama’s fault. Obama does not know what compromise is, that is what forced the government shutdown.
          Anyone that has as many successful business deals as Trump has, must be skilled in compromise. Otherwise no deals would be made. He talks tough, but there is no way he hasn’t perfected the art of compromise. That’s the only way billion dollar deals get down. He has done this with foreign governments, local governments, etc. Like I said I am not a Trump supporter, but you have to give credit where it is earned.

          • Cloudherder says:

            I’m sorry, but the shut down was caused by the Senate declining to pass the bill with measures to delay the Affordable Care Act, and the two legislative houses did not develop a compromise bill by the end of September 30, 2013, causing the federal government to shut down due to a lack of appropriated funds at the start of the new 2014 federal fiscal year. It was instigated by Ted Cruz.
            Step away from Fox News. It is rotting your mind.

          • 1standlastword says:

            Cloud, when I see the title Affordable Care Act I fold up with spasms of anger in my guts!

            It’s only affordable if you’re so poor you pay nothing at all, or if you’re a dependent you get to ride your parents’ coattails before you have to start paying anything at all, or if you’re a pensioner you’re already on Medicare and you pay little to nothing, or if you’re suffering from some kind of chronic, persistent illness you can’t be denied expensive insurance and you won’t go bankrupt from trying to stay alive from buying high priced expensive drugs while receiving weekly/ monthly doctors appointments:

            BUT…

            if you’re a person of respectable and modest means “not rich” and can pay your way–insurance companies get to suck your soul completely out!

            Republican’s are damned today because they knew and warned about the sticker shock of the so-called Affordable Care Act, but they didn’t do a goddamn thing when could have…I’m glad their headed to HELL on a shutter on the FAST train Trump is driving!!!!

            Maybe one of these days we will have affordable care but not before we have effective government and who knows I might be dead before then!

          • Bill P says:

            You have to remember that “itsfun” has declared President Obama is a worthless human being, not a bad president or inept president but a worthless human being. Anything he writes about the president is biased by this statement.

          • Dominick Vila says:

            Exactly! I think it is also worth remembering who proposed investment in infrastructure, alternative energy sources, raising the tax rate of those earning over $250K, closing the Gitmo prison camp, bringing the most dangerous Gitmo inmates to the USA for trial and imprisonment in maximum security prisons, and which party blocked all his proposals. In fact, not only did the GOP refused to compromise, they (McConnell et al) brag about it and are praised and re-elected because of their obstructionism. The latest demonstrations of overt obstructionism, and refusal to perform their duties, involves the SCOTUS issue, and the GOP efforts to reject our commitment to the Paris environmental agreement. I think it is important to remember that the reason for their myopic and damaging positions is not because they think President Obama’s proposals are bad for the USA, but because of the intense hatred and contempt they have towards a man who, in their minds, is an usurper who should have never been elected and re-elected.

          • Ekpe says:

            Do Trumps successful businesses include his university. The only reason you think he is a successful business man is because he is rich! Well there are many con men who are also rich! Are they successful business men too.

          • itsfun says:

            How many buildings has he built for a profit? How many great golf courses has he built for a profit? How many people has he hired. How many families have jobs, medical care, houses, cars, educations because of him? We don’t have to want him to be our President, but you can’t take away what he has accomplished.

          • jmprint says:

            Kim Jung in Korea employs a lot of people, how is it working for them!!!!

          • Independent1 says:

            “yep really. I don’t want a my way or highway guy. We have seen that for the last 7 plus years.”

            What a load of crap!! Only a total moron such as yourself would believe that a political party that said even before Obama was in the oval office that they would make him a one-term president – would create any legislation whatsoever that any president in his right mind would compromise with!! Every piece of legislation that the GOP has created in the past 7 years has included poison pills that they knew were unacceptable to anyone other than idiots such as themselves!!

            You are such a total moron that you posting on this blog site is an embarrassment!! When are you going to wake up and realize just how totally clueless you are and stop trying to ridicule Obama when he has accomplished more positive for America in the past 7 years than all GOP presidents in office since Teddy Roosevelt combined!!!! I dare you to list more than one or two things actually positive for America that a GOP president in office since Teddy has accomplished.

          • jmprint says:

            Four bankruptcies, and many failed businesses does not make him a good business man. His momma bailed him out lots of times on bad dealing. A homeless person can turn a million dollars into a fortune if given the opportunity. Trump is a celebrity to many, to me he is just a person born with a silver spoon in his mouth, I don’t have respect for people that throw their wealth around as if they are gifted. I have more respect for a person who helps others that are less fortunate.

          • jmprint says:

            There you go blaming President Obama, I never heard him recite Green Eggs and Ham. President Obama is and one day history will show, that he was one of the most accomplished best President.

          • Rightazz says:

            Obama does have a lot of blame for not being stronger and standing up to the republican party

          • jmprint says:

            Really, do you not know how congress works. I watch C-Span, I watched them at work.

          • Rightazz says:

            Great you watch C span do you know how the branches of government work I voted for Obama for change not so he could behave like Rodney King can”t we all get along weak

          • itsfun says:

            He will be remembered as one of the worst ever and his administration as the most corrupt ever.

        • Rightazz says:

          Trump has said many times in countless interviews negotiate that is how you get a deal done that does mean to compromise

          • Joan says:

            Trump has said a lot of stuff and if “Trump said”is enough for you… Then I have a condo in Mexico, a Trump property for sell, now that the law suit has been settled. How about a worthless degree from Trump University; where Trump’s promised hand picked, real estate experts were not to be found

          • Rightazz says:

            Joan you get so upset tell me are you a Hillary NAFTA QUEEN SUPPORTER was there something called white water in the past

          • jmprint says:

            Just like Benhzgazi, investigation came up with no wrong doings. Is there a point.

          • Rightazz says:

            Trump is a crook so is Bill and Hillary Clinton

          • Rightazz says:

            Joan I will take you up on the condo cash you out at the original purchase price if its the Mexican Caribbean property as far as the degree no thanks have one from UC Berkley

          • jmprint says:

            Trump has also said the opposite of what he said many, many times.

          • Rightazz says:

            Yes he has

      • Dominick Vila says:

        Bear in mind that making deals is the last thing his supporters want or expect from him. Even obstructionism is not enough for them. They expect slash and burn policies, with a special focus on destroying social programs, passing economic policies that help our corporations and the wealthiest among us, and reversing all the social changes that have taken place since the Civil Rights movement.
        I doubt Trump will be elected President, but if he does, he will be walking a tight rope between sticking to his preferences – which on most issues are far from being conservative – and appeasing the people that voted for him. We may actually see some of this after his nomination.

        • itsfun says:

          I think his supporters would be disappointed. They are angry people with the way the world is going and want change. People are sick of PC rules and telling people they have to make cupcakes for someone that they don’t agree with. People fear that freedom of religion is being threatened and don’t want that to happen. People fear the constitution is being ignored and don’t like that. These folks seem to believe Trump is their Savior in some ways. He has a lot of ideas in common with the left. He likes national health care and probably would push for a single payer system. He has no problem with planned parenthood. It seems he bringing more voters out than ever, which is making him hard to beat. Bringing out all these voters is a good thing.

          • Dominick Vila says:

            I agree with most of the conclusions you expressed in your post, but I am much more worried about Ted Cruz promising to repeal the ACA, his flat tax idea, dismantling the EPA, and his focus on trying to save Christianity from mysterious threats, than what the tangerine man says. Trump is a charlatan interested only in what aggrandizes his ego. Cruz is a dangerous ideologue whose idea would set our society back to the pre-civil rights era.

          • itsfun says:

            Good morning Dom: If there is no option to the obamacare tax law, I can’t see Ted Cruz just repealing it with an executive order. I think many Christians worry about Christians having their heads chopped off and fear more of the same type or actions happening here. They don’t like their ministers being ordered by the government to perform gay marriages. I don’t think Cruz would set us back to per-civil rights days. No Congress would allow that to happen. I still don’t know who I may support in the coming election. I like the Ohio Governor, but he has no chance. In fact, I really don’t like any of the other candidates in both parties. Bernie would be a great grandfather, but I don’t want a Socialist as President. I think we already have that in Obama. I don’t trust Hillary at all, can’t believe anything she says. Rubio may have a future in politics, but he has a long way to go and I have to wonder if he has ever had an original thought. I think more Republicans hate Cruz more than they hate Trump. Trump is another person I don’t trust and can’t vote for. Maybe I’ll just have to write you in.

          • Dominick Vila says:

            Please, don’t do any favors! I take politics seriously because I believe that government can, and does, play a role in our national security and well being. I believe the disaster in Flint is the direct result of our refusal to invest in infrastructure. I believe social programs such as SS, MEDICARE, and the ACA have helped millions of Americans overcome poverty and the indignity of having to rely on others to survive. I believe we need effective and enforceable regulations to protect our environment and improve safety in the work place. I also believe that a strong military, and a civilian leadership focused on dialogue, pursuing peaceful solutions, oversight, and one that respects the rights of everyone, is the key to peaceful coexistence.
            When I hear things such as repealing the ACA, and denying 20 million Americans access to affordable and comprehensive medical care, I don’t hear Christian values, I hear the word of the Devil incarnate, and a level of inhumanity we do not need.
            When I hear things like carpet bombing ISIS controlled positions, failing to understand that tens of thousands of people live in those areas and are victims of our purported targets, I worry about the ignorance and dangers of the simpleton that proposes such “solutions”.
            When I hear proposals such as shutting down the EPA because it puts too many restrictions on industry, what comes to mind is Flint, the Allied Chemical kepone incident, and signs along some of our rivers warning people not to throw anything flammable because the river may catch on fire, or don’t eat fish because of the dangers of contamination.
            I like what Sanders says. Unfortunately, he will be an easy target for the GOP propaganda machine. He is not a Soviet style socialist. His ideas are consistent with those put into practice in Scandinavian and other European countries, where people enjoy a high standard of living, and productive lives.

          • jmprint says:

            That’s the whole problem, the Christians you call christian aren’t really christians, the bible they proclaim to follow tells them that their fears are fruitless, because they should only be fearing God Himself. Nobody forces no one of doing anything they do not want to do. Just like the bs about Obama taking your guns, he has never shown or stated anything remotely, but the world has armed itself, because of this ungodless fear. You are trying hard to find some kind of righteous in the tea party, but there is none.

  2. The lucky one says:

    Agreed but it’s like choosing between lethal injection and a bullet to the head. The ones that claim a religious mandate for their hatred and bigotry (Cruz) are always worse than those who are just ignorant and ego/greed driven (Trump).

  3. Now here’s a topic that provides another perspective of a multi-faced disease of the soul and mind and is worthy of examination, reflection on, and discussing in our homes and neighborhoods across America.

    Although the Trump/GOP phenomenon arouses a lot of negative sentiments and expresses itself in bitter and hateful rhetoric, on the bright side we note that despite the extensive decadence in America, there is no other country on the face of the earth that allows for such frank and honest discussion about our “dirty underwear”—all other nations tend to stifle honest conversations and would rather completely ignore the social and religious ills that plague its citizenry.

    Baha’u’llah formally announced in 1863 in the Garden of Ridvan in Baghdad, Iraq a Message intended to revive the fortunes of humankind the world over.As a prisoner of the Ottoman Empire from His native land of Persia (formerly a part of Elam and now called Iran) wrote the equivalent of nearly a hundred volumes in Persian and Arabic with references such as “the noonday sun will reach its ascendancy in the West…”; and of the imperative to bring about the Oneness of Humanity. His eldest son, Abdu’l Baha elaborated on this by citing, among many other things, America as a place that has been favored to play a leading role and be a major factor in rehabilitating the fortunes of the world, not because of the limiting notion of “exceptionalism” that many in the GOP and its sphere imagine, but because of its diversity of people, its unique though troubled genesis, and due to the degree of decadence[and bigotry as I see it] as most vividly manifested in its system of governance and over-emphasis on materialism and the insistence of viewing humanity in terms of “us versus them”.
    (Trump and the GOP establishment serve a useful role in pointing out the inordinate gluttony for the acquisition of “stuff” that plagues many Americans—others to a somewhat lesser degree).

    But America can lose this “favor” bestowed on it if it fails in its duty to improve itself, as pointed out by Shoghi Effendi. In which case, he tells us, another nation will be “favored” to carry the torch for leading the way for rehabilitating the affairs of humankind the world over.

    The photograph at the beginning of the article is an example of a primary “disease” that can spell doom for the fortunes of America if unchecked and addressed. Racism runs counter to the very core around which the Message of Baha’u’llah revolves—that axis is “The Oneness of Humanity”.

    The KKK, the neo-Nazis, and similar groups are some of the primary “vectors” of the “disease”, much like a certain species of mosquito is an agent for the spread of malaria. By creating conditions that allow these “mosquitoes” to thrive, the GOP and similar entities are aiding in the eventual “death” of a country they profess to love, and whose new chant is “Make America Great Again”. In a benighted and blind way
    they are leading America down a perilous path that may end in its demise .

    Farrakhan and others who insist on an opposing, yet equally false, notion of Black “Essentialism/Exceptionalism” are a reaction to centuries of “White Essentialism/Exceptionalism”, and therefore are a part of the problem, and promote an equally disastrous philosophy that only encourages division rather than unity.

    The only way out of this “tar pit”, I would suggest, is by first investigating an official website called “www.bahai.org”. Also, a Google look up of “Universal Emancipation Proclamation” is an excellent follow-up to learn the historical efforts begun in America to begin combatting the disease of “Racism”. This “disease” is referred to by Shoghi Effendi as “The Most Challenging Issue facing America”, and must be treated as such by both “whites”, and by members of “The Pupil of The Eye”(a term specifically used by Baha’u’llah in referring to people whose “outer garment” clearly marks them as those members of the human family who retained their dark skin, or as a result of preferring to identify with “the pupil of the eye”, after “Modern Humans” emerged on the “east side and south side” of what is called Africa, and who subsequently migrated to and inhabited all of the planet, changing the “outer garment” to cope with climates in different latitudes) while still remaining members of the same world-wide human family.

    Just my unofficial comment.
    ==================================================================
    “The well-being of mankind,
    its peace and security, are unattainable unless and
    until its unity is firmly established. This unity can
    never be achieved so long as the counsels which the
    Pen of the Most High hath revealed are suffered to
    pass unheeded.
    ” —(Gleanings from The Writings of Baha’u’llah)

  4. Blueberry Hill says:

    In looking at the Frump heroes, the KKK in their full garb, I wonder if anyone else noticed that they look like cockroaches? Look at what the shape of their heads look like. I do hope that Frump never sets foot in the White House. This POS is not presidential. He lacks manners, empathy, honesty, decency, and has a garbage mouth that constantly spews hatred. Not what we need in a president.

    ..

  5. Lynda Groom says:

    The candidate certainly understands his audience.

    • nana4gj says:

      He is one of them, which proves all the privilege, money, and best educations, matters naught. It’s environment and expectations that develop character and integrity. In fact, being raised to never have to say one is sorry, or wrong, or to think that money is the worth of a person and can purchase whatever is lacking in character, integrity, produces individuals who can only function in their sheltered environments of work and home. Every one of these privileged boys with wealthy and successful fathers have been and are failures, in character and integrity, and have no ability to relate or function in wider society, and they all want to be President of us.

      What is more worrisome is how so many “churchgoing, ordinary people”, not just red necked racists, have fallen for this poor excuse of a man. Either racism is more rampant than thought and they have all gone crazy because a black man is President and black man was Att’y Gen, or all critical, independent thought has been lost in this country. Society no longer can tell “normal” from “abnormal”, as evidenced by so many mass shooters with obvious problems, go unrecognized by those closest to them until after they act out, when, no one had “any idea” of there being anything amiss. They think Trump can fix what those they voted for before have created, when, in the WH, he will empower them to do worse.

  6. Ekpe says:

    Trump does not seem to believe that there are qualities and qualifications expected of one who would be president. His announced aversion to political correctness is consistent with this opinion. Bigots and racist have now found a champion for their cause and they are rallying around him. This is the basis of Trump popularity.

    • nana4gj says:

      That aversion to “political correctness” is nothing more than aversion to civil rights. It’s part and parcel of “taking our country back”, and making America White again, where being “male, 21 years old, free, and white””, is the only entitlement that matters. That entitlement was what justified anything they wanted to do and say in the days before civil rights’ legislation. Now, they need to open carry any kind of gun, anywhere they please, to justify their perceived superiority and rights.

  7. nana4gj says:

    They all want to make America White Again.
    Well, I’m “white”, black, brown, Italian, Asian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindi, and everything else that is not “white”.

    That “anger” Trump speaks to, from his introductory “speech”, is all about Making America White Again, about purifying the races, with religion, gender identity, disability, all thrown into the pot. It’s what Republicans have been inciting for 7+ years, overtly and covertly.

    They pretend to be outraged and offended by it now, but have been silently condoning all the hate directed at the black man who took their WH and their country away from them, often, not so silently. They have accused him of everything from treason to terrorism and of not being a citizen; of being nothing more than a “celebrity”. Now, they have another of their own celebrities. Do not fool yourselves. They will be perfectly satisfied with Trump in the WH. They will call the shots and he will do the bling. Their foreign policy will be everyone will be so afraid of Trump, the world will do whatever we want. The world will want nothing to do with us.

    All of this outrage has been missing, as the President’s citizenship was questioned; as he was hurled every insult and disrespect. Hell, they were all part of it, even sabotaging his authority and obstructing government.

    They are exactly what Trump, and Cruz, are and, there is not one decent, courageous leader in the bunch. There is no Republican Party, only the Conservative Christian Party that embodies nazism, white supremacism, apartheid as in leaving black neighborhoods to rot with poisoned water and mowing down black youth, taliban suppression, and bent on creating their own “Caliphate”, with Conservatives in every branch of federal government and across the states.

    This Trump has exposed them for what and who they are. They are everything and more of what they have accused this President of being.

    Don’t expect them to fix it. They built it. It’s up to us, to reject them en todo every chance we get with voting, in every single election. No election is too small, too insignificant, to sit back and expect someone else to do our jobs as citizens. It is up to every one of us.

    • Ekpe says:

      History has recorded the world’s great nations of the past. Today they are no longer great nations (except in historical sence). Americans should find out why they eventually failed. Pride, selfishness, injustice and the aura of invincibility are some of the ingridients that conspired to bring them down. Will the USA be the last great nation in the world? I doubt it! What we are seeing now may be the beginning of something different. Watch it Americans!!

  8. Rightazz says:

    Every article that mentions Trumps comments regarding immigrants is misleading the reference is undocumented immigrants. Specifically in the country illegally. While Americans argue about the right or wrong about immigration ask yourself if the shoe was on the other foot what would Mexico do? By using past and current practice at the Mexican southern boarder Murder ,rape, robbery, inhumane dentition of undocumented immigrants is a common practice by Mexican officials.

    • AWHODAT says:

      You. Lie.

      Drumf makes no distinction between Dreamers and those folks who take their grown-assed self and enter the country illegally. BIG DIFFERENCE.

      Whats that you say?….You dont know who Dreamers are?

      Look it up

      • Rightazz says:

        Dreamers children of undocumented immigrants who where born in another country brought into the USA as minors by their parents who want to continue their education or stay in the in the USA with legal immigration status which is another good comparison to Mexican law There would be no debate Mexico would just deport them as the fact holds Mexico deports minors back to Guatemala without the protection of a Adult.
        Dreamers parents brought their grown ass illegally to the US with their children your words not mine.
        So you understand me I do not agree with deporting anyone.
        If the shoe was on the other foot Mexico would deport Dreamers and the Mexican citizens would support that more so than the American citizen’s GET THE POINT MEXICANS ARE GREAT AT CALLING OUT INJUSTICE BUT HAVE NEVER LIVED UP TO THE STANDERDS THEY REQUIRE OF OTHERS HURRAY FOR ME TO HELL WITH YOU VIVA MEXICO

        • A_Real_Einstein says:

          I can end the Southern Border problem in 30 seconds. Stop hiring them. Make it a felony to hire an undocumented worker. Stop the drug trade and legalize drugs. Tax drugs and lower the deficit. Problem solved.

        • jmprint says:

          Romney’s grandfather did the same thing when he ran from Mexico, he didn’t come here legally, most don’t, they get there legal status afterwards, like Cruz’s father. You want mexican to live by who’s standards, the false religion cults in America, to hell with your thought, they are to supreme.

          • Rightazz says:

            To hell with my thought spoken as a true Viva La Raza supporter I do not want Mexicans to live by anybody’s standard just live up to their own last time I checked Americans where not living in Mexico undocumented

    • jmprint says:

      Yes, put yourself in the others shoe; your dad migrates here to America to try and give you his child a better life, away from gangs, drugs and poverty. He works his ass off working 2 jobs day and night to put you through school so that you can get educated and then you find out that the Republicans are trying to make your parents go back to a country they haven’t lived in for over a decade. Put yourself in the shoes of these dreamers, who haven’t broken any laws, but are being punished, because there parents didn’t obtain that piece of paper that Trump wife did.

      • Rightazz says:

        I get the picture this is why we need fair immigration laws to but a end to this sort of problem there is the law then there is right and wrong sometimes the two collide But the question remains if Americans where in Mexico undocumented what would Mexico do

        • jmprint says:

          They wouldn’t throw you out if you are a productive citizen, there are many American working businesses, I know of several. Mexico is our neighbor, we should be trying to improve relationships, many Americans have family members that are Mexicans, how can we go against our families, our friends relatives, it is driven by cultural hate.

        • JPHALL says:

          We are not Mexicans. The proper question is what would America do?

    • Ekpe says:

      When you are a great country always seeking to teach others the rules of behavior, you cannot afford to behave anyhow. Greatness has a price tag. People do not respect or fear America because they have guns (like the GOP people think) but because they often lean on the side of fairness. Putting the shoe on another feet is not a beffiting equation in this circumstance.

      • Rightazz says:

        A great nation also follows The rule of law. If a law is unjust change it in this case immigration law. To ignore a law is to lose the rule of law .

        • Ekpe says:

          Yes. I agree. That is what the present government wants to do, but every GOP member in the House and Senate is opposing!!

  9. AWHODAT says:

    LETS MAKE DONALD DRUMF AGAIN!

  10. GregAbdul says:

    Thank you Ms Tucker! i am a long time fan. Thank you for being a woman of courage who speaks against Farrakhan. Many do not. I am an old black American Muslim guy and even black American Muslims patronize the young people who get sucked into this cult. Racism is wrong. Van Jones is wrong. We can not sit here pontificating about Trump and then say “Farrakhan never killed anyone.” Most of all, that’s a lie. He killed Malcolm X. But even if you want to say Farrakhan is not convicted of killing anyone, he encourages the unhinged and makes us a worse society the way all demagogues do. I have said and will always say, it’s not the demagogue, but the followers who tell you the essence of a movement. Illiterate black young people are being duped in to believing that they don’t need to work hard in school and that what’s makes them special is pigmentation and not their brains. This hurts black people and traps an entire segment behinds bars of ignorance and bigotry. Before Malcolm was killed, he complained bitterly, “they are non violent with whites, but they go after their own kind.” Being long. Thank you again Ms Tucker.

  11. Lynda Groom says:

    Trump panders to those ill informed enough to follow his twisted logic and unreasonable conclusions. Its just that simple, and so are far too many of his fellow travelers.

  12. I of John says:

    Fear and ignorance cause xenophobia the grow and thrive. We always have this current of it. We have to keep fighting it.

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