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.