Faced by a surge from the Ted Cruz campaign in Iowa, Donald Trump has ratcheted up his anti-immigration rhetoric in order to counter the first legitimate candidate to challenge him. Well, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has had the best response so far to Trump’s newest ridiculous proposal that we should temporarily bar all Muslims from entering the United States.
Via the Tampa Bay Times:
“I am hereby barring Donald Trump from entering St. Petersburg until we fully understand the dangerous threat posed by all Trumps,” Kriseman tweeted.
About two hours after he posted it, more than 2,000 people had already retweeted it.
Kriseman’s jab at GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump played off of Trump’s sweeping statement Monday that he would bar all Muslims from entering the U.S. (Source)
It is important to point out that this announcement was meant as a joke, and Mayor Kriseman likely would have no legal grounds to bar Donald Trump from Saint Petersburg even if he was serious. The fact remains that while satirical in nature, Mayor Kriseman’s statement makes a very good point about Trump’s dangerous rhetoric.
At first, the Trump campaign seemed to be an elaborate Poe. Poe’s Law states, “Without a clear indication of the author’s intent, it is difficult or impossible to tell the difference between an expression of sincere extremism and a parody of extremism.” There are a number of satirical pages on Facebook which pretend to be conservative, and the insane things that Donald Trump says seem to echo the likes of Christians for Michele Bachmann – except that he appears to be serious.
Even though Mayor Kriseman cannot bar Donald Trump from Saint Petersburg, it is a clever condemnation of the Trump hate machine that keeps on rolling just a few weeks before the beginning of the 2016 primaries.
Donald Trump has brought out the worst people in the Republican Party, and his anti-immigration message has been embraced by Neo-Nazis. Dr. Ben Carson has begun his slow descent from the primary polls, and the most serious challenger to Trump is Senator Ted Cruz who has welcomed the endorsement of an anti-choice activist who called for the killing of abortion doctors, and has attended a conference by a radio host who wants the government to kill gay people.
This is the Republican Party we are faced with today, an extremist group in which either of the Bush presidents or Ronald Reagan would be considered liberals. We can’t ban Donald Trump or Ted Cruz from our cities as Mayor Kriseman has jokingly stated, but we can ban them from the White House by turning out to vote in 2016.
Donald Trump may seem to be a political stunt gone terribly wrong, but the fact remains he could very well win in 2016 if liberals get disengaged, and that would be perhaps the darkest turn in American political history we have ever seen.
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