Over the last few months I’ve learned to never assume anything Donald Trump says or does is going to “kill his campaign.” After all, this is a man whose inexplicable rise to the top of the Republican presidential polls began after he called most Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. He’s also managed to mock John McCain’s military service and bash Fox News’ Megyn Kelly with sexist remarks – only to see his numbers rise.
It does appear that Trump’s shtick has begun to wear on at least some conservatives as his numbers have dipped a bit from their highs just a few weeks ago. Also with the rise of candidates like Ben Carson, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, the longtime frontrunner seems to be getting desperate to hold on to his lead. That desperation seems to have culminated in what I do believe could be the catalyst that finally knocks him from the top of the GOP presidential leaderboard.
In case you haven’t heard, Trump has been going around promoting all sorts of nonsensical anti-Muslim fear-mongering. Well, he took things to a whole other level when he suggested that Muslims in the United States might need to register with a database and be tracked – a tactic that seems to be taken straight from pre-WWII Nazi Germany. He didn’t even rule out a requirement that Muslims may need to carry with them some form of ID (a badge, perhaps?) indicating their religion.
“There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases,” Trump said in response to being asked if he would support tracking Muslims. “I mean we should have a lot of systems. And today you can do it. But right now we have to have a border, we have to have strength. We have to have a wall, and we cannot let what’s happening to this country happen any longer.”
Though it seems that Trump may have even realized that he has gone too far. When he was later asked by an NBC reporter what would be the difference between his plan for Muslims and what the Nazis did to the Jews, he responded with a rather long pause, then repeatedly said, “You tell me!”
While I wouldn’t call it “panic,” per se, Trump’s “moment of silence” seemed to indicate that he might have just realized the ramifications of what he’s been saying. It’s one thing to spout off the typical hate and idiocy like he normally does, but it’s quite another to suggest some sort of radical anti-Muslim policy that seems borrowed straight from pre-WWII Nazi Germany.
Knowing Donald Trump, he’ll deny that he ever suggested such a thing, call anyone reporting that he did “terrible,” then take to Twitter to bash the “pathetic” media for daring to quote him verbatim.
But with Trump’s momentum already somewhat slowing down, suggesting Nazi-like policies to “track and monitor Muslims” I think could be what finally puts an end to his reign at the top of the Republican presidential circus.
Watch his comments below via MSNBC: