When you’re able to make the three hosts of Fox & Friends sit in silence for a few seconds after saying something, that’s when you know you just said something batshit crazy. That’s what happened Wednesday morning when Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said he would target and kill the families of terrorists.
“I would knock the hell out of ISIS. I would hit them, Brian, so hard, like they’ve never been hit before,” Trump stated.
Then when he was asked how he would address civilian casualties, since ISIS tends to hide out in civilian areas and use civilians as human shields, he went on to suggest that he would bomb these targets anyway because we can’t fight a “politically correct war.”
“When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families,” he continued. “They care about their lives. Don’t kid yourself. But they say they don’t care about their lives. You have to take out their families.”
The three hosts then sat in silence for a couple of seconds, didn’t follow-up or press Trump on the outrageous comment he had just made, then quickly shifted the topic over to immigration. That’s really “quality and ethical journalism.” You get a leading presidential candidate to declare that he thinks we need to kill the families of terrorists – and you quickly change the subject.
I’m going to go ahead and predict the seemingly stunned moment of silence by the three Fox & Friends hosts was likely them listening to producers telling them to quickly change topics after they realized what Trump had just said.
There’s no other way to say it anymore – this is pure insanity.
Take out their families? What does that even mean? Is he going to threaten the families of terrorists hoping that, since dying apparently doesn’t deter them (in fact many find it to be an honor), threats to their wives and children might prove to be a deterrent?
So, according to what Trump said Wednesday morning, he’s now endorsed the idea of slaughtering women and children. Because, you know, that definitely won’t make terrorism worse – at all.
And this all comes on the heels of Trump suggesting that he wouldn’t be opposed to a national database to track Muslims.
If Republicans like Trump keep saying comments such as these, ISIS isn’t going to have to worry about trying to find ways for them to get into the United States because rhetoric like this is going to create terrorism within our own borders. Inflammatory statements such as what Trump said Wednesday morning are words that terrorist groups love hearing, because they use that anti-Muslim, violent rhetoric as a perfect recruitment tool. And the worst part is, Republicans are too stupid to understand that.
This is why I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for liberals and progressives to get out and vote next year. We cannot allow Republicans to take back the White House. If we do, I’m not sure if this country will ever be able to recover from the unmitigated damage that they will do to the United States.
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