Take for instance a rather heated exchange between very conservative (borderline libertarian) S.E. Cupp and the national spokesperson for Trump’s campaign, Katrina Pierson. During this back and forth, Cupp was forced to sound borderline liberal after Pierson continued to suggest that there’s no difference between terrorists and normal Muslims.
“No one’s talking about allowing insurgents,” Cupp said. “You’re talking about not allowing regular Muslims. That’s what you’re talking about. No one’s talking about insurgents.”
“Yes, from Arab nations,” Pierson responded. “You know what? So what? They’re Muslim.”
“So what?” Cupp replied. “That’s not the nation we live in, Katrina.”
“But it is, S.E.,” Pierson stated. “Simply because you have people coming across through the refugee system and the visa system, including the woman that came in San Bernardino on a visa system, as well as some of the 9/11 hijackers. We have to put a pause to figure out how we could better vet these people.”
First let me start off by saying, while unimaginably tragic, 9/11 happened fourteen years ago. Can we stop pretending like we haven’t done a fairly good job of preventing that level of an attack since? In fact, I think we should all take a moment to realize that it’s been nearly a decade and a half since that horrific day and our intelligence community has done a pretty damn good job at preventing such an attack. Not that it can’t happen again, but to have gone even this long without anything remotely close to that level of destruction deserves to be noted.
Above all else, we should recognize that the dehumanizing way Donald Trump and his entire campaign are treating Muslims is great for doing one thing: Creating more terrorism.
When someone like Pierson speaks about Muslims like they’re animals, which she most definitely did during this exchange, that’s exactly what terrorists want. They want to be able to take these clips and soundbites to use them as recruiting tools by showing that the United States does indeed see all Muslims as a threat. It doesn’t seem like a stretch for them to say when a leading presidential candidate for one of our nation’s two largest political parties has said he wants to ban all Muslims from being able to enter the United States.
As I’ve said before, ISIS/Daesh isn’t going to need to worry about sneaking terrorists into the United States if this anti-Muslim rhetoric from the Republican party keeps going full force into 2016 and beyond. Their vile anti-Muslim propaganda is becoming so radical that they could start creating American-born Islamic terrorists based solely on the fear-mongering and hate Republicans are pushing here within our own borders. We’re already seeing a huge uptick in reports from Muslims all over the country where they’ve been harassed or mosques have been vandalized by people who’ve clearly been inspired by this radical right-wing rhetoric.
Enough is enough.
While my gut tells me this controversy might finally be what brings Trump down (at least somewhat) I still don’t say that with any sort of real confidence. After all, this is a guy who managed to become the overwhelming Republican presidential frontrunner despite calling most Mexican immigrants rapists, insulting a war veteran and mocking the physical disabilities of a reporter. So, at this point, it wouldn’t shock me to see his poll numbers continue to rise after reaching a low that even many conservative pundits think went too far.
Watch the exchange below via CNN:
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