Robert Kiger is the head of Citizens For Restoring USA, a Super PAC that is supporting Donald Trump’s presidential bid. He appeared on CNN today to discuss (among other things) the protester who disrupted a Trump rally over the weekend and was assaulted by supporters of the billionaire’s campaign before being removed by security.
When asked by CNN’s Carol Costello if he had seen the video which was just played, Kiger claimed he had not seen it and said he was sick and tired of the Black Lives Matter movement. He also mentioned Chicago’s problem with violence in an attempt to de-legitimize Black Lives Matter.
“I think [Black Lives Matter] is a farce. I think they’re just there to disrupt,” said Kiger. “If they really care about black lives, they need to pick up a banner and go to the south side of Chicago, where black lives are being slaughtered on a daily basis.”
“So they don’t have the right to protest at a Trump rally?” Costello asked him.
“No they don’t, really,” he said. “Look, I wouldn’t go into a black church and start screaming ‘White Lives Matter.’ People are trying to elect a president.” (Source)
Kiger basically believes that he would be beaten up in a black church for saying such a thing, so therefore, it shouldn’t be a big surprise when a black protester is assaulted at a Trump rally. This is beyond the pale, but it is just par for the course in a campaign which has made strict conservatives like Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz seem nearly reasonable and moderate in comparison.
I’m not one for making Nazi comparisons, but the similarities between 1930s Germany and what we’re seeing at Donald Trump rallies are frightening. Obviously Trump is not Hitler, but the rhetoric his followers are gobbling up and demanding more of has a lot of the same hostile, ultra-nationalist and populist underpinnings of other fascist political leaders throughout history, including Benito Mussolini or Francisco Franco.
His lies about New Jersey residents cheering when the Twin Towers fell on 9-11 play well with his rabid base, who seem to have the empathy and critical thinking skills of a box of rocks. Trump lies faster than the media can fact check, and it doesn’t matter to his supporters who believe that any criticism of his statements is just the liberal media that hates his message and wants to take him down.
This isn’t an isolated case in American history; the anti-immigrant fervor at his rallies is just another resurgence of hatred we’ve seen in the past with the KKK and its predecessor, the Know Nothings of the 1840s and 1850s. For the head of his Super PAC to accidentally admit that Trump campaign events aren’t really meant for minorities, and that it shouldn’t be a surprise when a protester is assaulted, is very telling of how dangerous Trump’s rhetoric has become.
The fact that he continues to lead in the Republican primary polls is indicative of the very real self-inflicted predicament the Republican Party currently finds itself in. Donald Trump’s need for constant attention seems to have no low it will not stoop to, and it will ultimately tear the GOP apart.
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