Here’s One of the Best of Summaries of Donald Trump’s Disgusting Ignorance I’ve Seen Yet

No matter what you might think about Donald Trump, it’s undeniable that he’s been one of the most controversial political figures in modern U.S. political history. Being that he’s been such a divisive figure, there’s been no shortage of finding people with their own unique opinions of the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

For instance, renowned documentarian Ken Burns who did an interview with The Daily Beast where he offered one of the bust summations of the disgusting nature of Donald Trump I’ve seen yet from anyone.

While discussing his documentary concerning five African-American teens who were wrongly accused of assaulting a white female in New York, Burns talked about how, at the time this was all happening, Trump took out a full-page ad calling for reinstating the death penalty for these five individuals.

“He shamefully took out a full-page ad in all of the New York dailies asking for a restoration of the death penalty for two 14-year-old, two 15-year-old, and one 16-year-old innocent children,” Burns stated. “While New York State laws would not have permitted their execution, just the fact that there was a rush to judgment ought to be complete evidence of how temperamentally unsuited he is for the office he now seeks.”

Think about that for a moment. Donald Trump took out a full-page ad calling for these five to be executed — and they ultimately turned out to be innocent. But this is someone who has the nerve to attack the judgment of others?

Naturally, Burns believes (and rightfully so) that Trump’s stance on these individuals was completely racially motivated.

“Of course it was [racially motivated]. I found no outrage at the ‘preppie killer,'” he added. “The problem was that the initial idea of the crime was that there were these ‘wilding’ black youths—a wolf pack—that attacked this innocent blond woman, and that’s always been the primal fear of Americans as they tolerated slavery and then tolerated Jim Crow. You had newspapers in a progressive northern city sounding like a southern racist newspaper from the 1880s gleefully reporting on a lynching.”

Later during the interview the filmmaker really lit into Trump for being the true “super-predator.”

“I find Donald Trump more of a super-predator,” Burns said. “This idea that he can attack and attack and attack whole groups of people, and that we live in a media culture where that’s permitted to be tolerated—it’s the spectacle and not the truth of it,” he said. “An amoral internet permits a lie to travel around the world three times before the truth can get started, and we live in a place where lying is OK—where a lassitude develops where it doesn’t matter what the truth is—and that’s how it’s possible for someone like him to be advanced who is so clearly temperamentally unsuited and has no idea about governing.”

Ken Burns is absolutely right. No matter what your opinion of Trump might be, you can’t deny that he has been a master at pushing propaganda, while using the media and social media to boost his status among Republican voters. Plus a huge part of his campaign has been predicated on attacking and slandering various people or groups of individuals. He thrives off trying to vilify others for his own personal benefit — which is very “predator-like.”

He also ripped into the GOP and the hypocrisy of evangelicals who claim to be some sort of super-Christians, yet overwhelmingly support a bottom-feeder like Trump.

“The Republican Party has been extraordinarily successful at getting many groups of people to vote against their self-interest,” he continued. “Evangelicals are voting for Donald Trump. What part of Donald Trump reminds you of Jesus Christ? Trump lusts after his own daughter on national radio, talks about women’s bodies and breasts in such a disparaging way, and mocks them. How is this in any way Christian? When you make the ‘other’ the enemy, how is that Christian?”


Ken Burns basically said the exact same thing I wrote about a couple of weeks back about how it’s absurd to call Donald Trump a “Christian” because there’s almost nothing Christ-like about him. He’s an arrogant, fear-mongering, greedy, racist, bigoted, sexist blowhard who represents values that are essentially the opposite of what Jesus Christ represents.

And don’t even get me started on Trump’s creepy comments about his daughter that he’s made on several different occasions — that’s just gross.

Many people have discussed the current state of the GOP and Donald Trump’s rise to prominence among Republicans, but Ken Burns’ comments resonated with me as some of the best I’ve heard from anyone. From the way he brought up Trump’s despicable behavior regarding the five African-Americans he said should be put to death, only to be later proclaimed innocent, to the way he tore into the hypocrisy of evangelicals for supporting someone who’s as terrible as Donald Trump, his take on the all of this ridiculousness was absolutely brilliant.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Perfectly said. And there’s so much more what makes my jaw drop and turn my stomach upside down . Disgusting human being

  • Mark McRoberts

    Sadly most evangelical conservatives support politicians and policy that is much like jim crow for all types of people and their beliefs. Trump is a dangerous fascist.

  • Calvin Lewis

    One problem is the “evangelicals” who are supporting Trump get to self-identify as “evangelicals” without having to prove that they are. What they mean when they self-identify that way is that they see themselves as Christians who aren’t Catholic or liberal. And while that’s true as far as it goes, it doesn’t actually mean they meet the historical standards for being an evangelical. 95% of the self-identified evangelicals who support Trump that I’ve interacted with would not be permitted to be members of my evangelical church because their beliefs and actions would place them outside our fold. Just because somebody says they are an evangelical doesn’t mean they are. Just because somebody says they follow Jesus doesn’t mean they do. Unfortunately for polling accuracy, there isn’t a way to test the fidelity of these people’s self-identification. It’s likely they name their fake evangelicalism the same way they wear their overstated patriotism — as a cover for hate, fear, and ignorance.

    • Alan Macphail

      ALL Christians get to self-identify. If you don’t believe them, they don’t have to believe you. Then you can proceed to slaughter each other. Religion is horrifyingly simple that way.

      • Calvin Lewis

        Thanks for the reply, Alan. Your comments highlight some misconceptions about historic evangelical Christianity. Fortunately, I’ve studied comparative religions (India), western culture (Oxford) and theology (Chicago), so I’d like to try to clear up a couple points. I am not sure where you are getting your information on all Christians get to self-identify, perhaps from media or the American ethos. Certainly understandable in either case. Historically, the evangelical faith was something that a person was tested for. A profession of faith was not sufficient because of the Calvinistic idea that people are often self-deceived about the genuineness of their own conversion. It is core to historic evangelicalism, going back to the 1600s, that for a person to be viewed as a Christian their lives and beliefs had to be in order. It was generally a humble and communal effort. Sadly, most Americans have no experience with this. With unhinged individualism, we believe in self-identifying and to hell with science, history, logic, and evidence. So when you say, “If you don’t believe them, they don’t have to believe you.” I would reply that it would never be up to me or any one person. There are historical creeds, the New Testament, and church communities that are the arbitrators, not an individual’s feelings. And as for “you can proceed to slaughter each other” over differences in religions, I am not aware of any historical cases where this was the evangelical position. Perhaps you are conflating all forms of Christianity and/or all forms of religion? The New Testament, which is the true historical document for all evangelicals, demands that true followers of Jesus love their enemies and discuss disagreements in a gentle and respectful way. If a person claiming to be an evangelical consistently does the opposite of this, I would hold that our defining documents would say they aren’t a part of our group, even if they feel they are. In short, just because a person claims to be X does not mean that he/she is actually X. All that said, I think I can understand, in part, how you’ve come to your position. If you’ve made it this far, thank you.

  • Eg Kbbs

    Trump works so hard to spew hatred, bigotry, xenophobia, and distain for everyone else (even POWs are “losers” and disgusting; women have blood spurting out their orifices, etc.).

    I’m starting to wish that someone kept a web page of vile, disgusting, hateful statements and actions by Trump. (Kind of similar to the Bushisms page which kept track of quotes/misquotes
    by GWB)