New York Daily News (Opinion)
By Shaun King
October 15, 2015
I hear people in my closed circle of friends — almost daily — call Donald Trump a joke.
I get it.
For decades we've all laughed at his gaudy gold home, his orange hue, his hair, his puckered lips, his faux seriousness on reality TV, his guest appearances at Wrestlemania, but I think we've crossed a point where we can safely say that Donald Trump and his candidacy for President of the United States are no laughing matter.
Brand new polls show him actually surging up to 36% in the early primary state of South Carolina. He more than doubles his next competitor, Ben Carson, and has between four and 10 times the support of nearly every other candidate there. The Donald has also surged up to 38% in the early primary state of Nevada and is pretty much crushing all of his competitors there not only in the basic poll, but on every single issue, including leadership, the economy, immigration, national security and more.
I don't find Trump or his candidacy funny at all, actually.
To great applause, he is telling audiences that as President, he would forcefully "round up" and send back over 15,000 undocumented immigrants per day (that's more than 450,000 per month) and drop them off far away from the American border until every single undocumented immigrant is gone. If this doesn't sound horrifically similar to Nazi Germany to you, then maybe Trump is your man. But when I hear it, and when my Latino friends hear this, we are absolutely appalled and frightened.
As The Donald harkens back to the forced deportation plan of President Eisenhower, which was literally called Operation Wetback, he is silent on the tens of thousands of human rights violations, including hundreds of brutal deaths, that took place during this ugly era.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump leaves the stage after a campaign rally at the Richmond International Raceway in Virgina Wednesday.
It's disturbingly easy, though, for millions of Americans who know they will never be mistakenly swept up or abused in the New Operation Wetback to let pollsters know Trump has their undying support.
For nearly a decade now, Trump has gone to great lengths to question the American citizenship of President Obama. Evidence be damned, he had a hunch, and he's the type of man that trusts his gut. In fact, it appears that it is this very hunch, of questioning the core humanity of President Obama, that initially so endeared Trump to millions of ultra conservative Americans. President Obama feels, looks, and sounds so different to them that he must not be born on this continent, right?
It's patently absurd, but white supremacists openly adore Donald Trump. One, who openly used racial slurs toward African-Americans, wants to name an entire white town after Trump.
To doubt a Donald Trump candidacy is to doubt the existence of hate in this country. The hate is real and so is he.
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