There’s been lots of talk in liberal camps about the fascist tendencies of Donald Trump’s presidential campaigns — but now one of his Republican rivals is officially going there too.
A new Web video from John Kasich features a supporter of his, former Vietnam prisoner of war Col. Tom Moe, at a Kasich campaign event two days ago in Ohio.. “I would like anyone who is listening to consider some thoughts that I’ve paraphrased from German pastor Martin Niemöller,” Moe says, invoking the legendary anti-Nazi resistance leader as video clips of the various recent Trump events flash over the screen.
You might not care if Donald Trump says Muslims must register with the government — because you’re not one; and you might not care if Donald Trump says he’s going to round up all the Hispanic immigrants — because you’re not one; and you might not care if Donald Trump says it’s okay to rough up black protesters — be because you’re not one; and you might not care if Donald Trump wants to suppress journalists — because you’re not one.
But think about this: If he keeps going, and he actually becomes president, he might just want get around to you — and you better hope that there’s someone left to help you.
It certainly is a daring move, and an attempt to appeal to the conscience of the electorate. But there might be a problem: If a lower-tier GOP candidate like Kasich goes around reminding the primary voters that Trump is against Muslims, Hispanic immigrants, black protesters, and pesky reporters — then might The Donald’s numbers just keep going up?