Clinton and Trump Jr are both right!: Deplorable Poison Skittles
Ok, so, there’s been a lot of name calling going around lately. Hillary Clinton said, “You could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call ‘the basket of deplorables’. They’re racists, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it.”
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And then, on Sept 19, 2016, Donald Trump Jr shared a tweet which compared Syrian Refugees to poison skittles. There are rattlings on the internet claiming he got the idea from Nazi propaganda, but after checking the claims, I doubt the two are related. The MENTALITY, however, is the same. Or is it? Or is it just a convenient opportunity to liken Trump Jr, and ostensibly Trump Sr, to the Nazis?
The instance I saw,
The host of the show compared Trump Jr’s tweet to a German anti-Semitic children’s book from the 1930s. In that book, the message is clear. Letting a single Jew in can destroy a whole village because they are all bad and evil. Trump Jr’s message, as much as I tend to disagree with the whole Trump lot, is saying there are a few bad apples. (Silently saying most are good, but there are a few bad ones). Clearly not the same message at all.
Now, the issue I have with this whole mess is this, they’re both right. A good portion of Trump’s followers do fall into one of the categories Clinton mentioned. But no, not half of them are racist. Only X% are racists. And not half are sexist, only Y%. And not half are homophobes and islamophobes, only Z%. You see where I’m going with this. When you add up all the percentages, Mrs. Clinton was probably being kind. I suspect all candidates have similar numbers. The problem, and the reality, is that Trump’s numbers in these areas are particularly high.
Here’s an interesting article from the Washington Post concerning the matter,
And if you want proof for yourself, just pull up some unfiltered Trump rallies on YouTube and watch the hatred line up arm in arm behind a singular man, Donald Trump, convinced they’re the good guys, the victims. Neo-Nazis, in their quest for racial purity, holding their Trump signs just as high and proud as the gay hating Christians. Oh, and we can’t forget the guy wearing the ‘Put Hillary back in the Kitchen’ T-shirt who claims he’s not a sexist.
So who are we kidding here? We all really know what’s going on. There’s a (bigger than we’d like to admit) percentage of people in our country who are small minded bigots of one fashion or another, and Trump caters to them at every opportunity. Clinton, in this instance, is correct. I feel I should mention, not ALL of Trump’s supporters fall in these categories, but a great many do.
What about Trump Jr’s statement? He was right, too. But, he wasn’t really speaking about Syrians refugees, was he (wink wink). He was talking about Muslims in general, and he’s not wrong. We’ve been taking in Muslim refugees for over a decade now. Millions of people have fled the Middle East and moved into Europe and guess what? A percentage of those people, a few poison candies hidden in a bowl of otherwise decent candies, have gone off and killed people. You don’t like the candy reference and that’s fine, but you can’t deny the very bloody reality of the situation. And clearly, I’m not saying they’re all bad so don’t twist my words, but…
May 22, 2013, two poison candies named Adebolajo and Adebowale ran down British Army soldier Fusilier Lee Rigby with their car and then used knives to behead him.
Jan 7, 2015, two poison candies attacked Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper in Paris, killing 12 people and wounding 12 more. (The killers escaped and over the next two days murdered at least five other people)
Nov 13, 2015, three poison candies attacked the Bataclan Theater in Paris, murdering 89 people and wounding over 200.
Trust me, I could go on. The news is rife with poisoned candies killing people, both at home and abroad. In the U.S….
Dec 2, 2015, A married Muslim couple of poisoned candies murdered 14 people in San Bernidino, California
And in truth, it’s more of an ‘Islam’ problem than a ‘Refugee’ problem. Of course, no one really wants to talk about that, do they. Heaven forbid, lest the word Islamophobe starts getting thrown around and I find myself tossed into a smelly basket full of poorly educated rednecks.
Back to our ‘poison candies’. They can be natural born candies and still be poisonous.
Jun 12, 2016, American born candy Omar Mateen, indoctrinated since birth in Islam and tainted by Isis, murdered 49 people in a nightclub in Florida.
And, if you don’t like my examples, feel free to pick some of your own. Here’s a list of Islamic terrorist attacks arranged by year.
So, as bad as I hate to admit it, Trump Jr has a point. It really is foolish to think we can let in hundreds of thousands, millions, of people from these war-torn Islamic countries without expecting future attacks. I doubt I would agree with any measure the Trump administration, if there was ever to be such a political train wreck, would seek to implement to counter this threat, but at least we agree the threat is real.
But the real irony here is this, the far left people who are against violence and guns, those who wear blinders to the dangers Islam presents, despite blood dripping example, after blood dripping example, get angry when someone else refuses to wear the ‘Islam means peace’ blinders. So their feelings are hurt because someone pointed out a true fact about the nature of the refugee crisis.
Oddly enough, at the same time, people who specialize in hate, i.e., the racists and the homophobes, are getting their feelings hurt by being called deplorable. Ouch, that must sting.
This is outrageous! To hell with the pipelines leaking oil into our rivers, to hell with the unarmed black people being shot down by police, to hell with all the real problems our country faces! We need to get this name calling business under control! We wouldn’t want our fragile percentage of racist/sexist/homophobes to get their feelings hurt, would we? Most of them are armed, after all. Before long, we may start referring to them as poisoned candies as well.