It’s Time We Start Calling Trump What He Is: The Leader of His Own Hate Group

Looking at the calendar, I can’t believe it’s been over a year since Donald Trump announced he was running for president. What began as a joke to most people has erupted into the most absurd presidential campaign we’ve ever witnessed. The possibility of Trump being our next president isn’t just something I oppose because he’s a Republican. Donald J. Trump being our next president is something I oppose because he’s a pathological lying bigot who’s based most of his campaign on outright lies and would embarrass this country to such an extent the damage he would cause might never be undone.

But in all honesty, I don’t see Trump as a presidential candidate as much as I see him the head of his own hate group.

I’ve never seen a group of supporters so hostile, angry and flat-out hateful. These folks hate everyone from:

  • Anyone who remotely criticizes Trump.
  • Muslims.
  • African-Americans.
  • Immigrants.
  • Mexicans.
  • Other Republicans.
  • Liberals.
  • Women (at least Trump does).
  • Refugees.
  • Pretty much anyone who isn’t a Trump supporter.

Donald Trump has based his entire campaign on fear and lies to stoke the flames of hatred that exist among those who support him. These are people supporting a candidate who is quite literally saying that America is a “loser” that’s no longer great. That’s very similar to the sort of white nationalistic rhetoric hate groups use to rile people up into thinking that the United States is failing “them” because we’ve embraced equality and diversity.

These folks are rabid. I often avoid tagging Trump in anything I post about him on Twitter because my notifications will get bombarded with his supporters saying some of the most inane comments I’ve ever seen. And there’s absolutely no reasoning with them, either. It doesn’t matter what evidence you show them proving that almost everything Trump has told them is a lie, because it simply won’t matter. Unless it comes from his mouth, to them, it’s all just part of an elaborate conspiracy against Trump by the media and the “establishment.”

The bottom line is, most of Trump’s supporters aren’t lining up behind him because they care about this country. They’re eagerly rushing to support him because he’s preyed on their fear, their anger and their hatred toward basically anyone who isn’t a white, straight Christian conservative. These are people who support a candidate who’s belittled a war veteran, mocked a man with disabilities and referred to women going to the bathroom as “disgusting.” These aren’t “proud patriots,” they’re vengeful, hateful bigots. These are people who are terrified that “their country” is being “taken over” by people who aren’t just like them.

These aren’t people looking for someone to lead this nation for all Americans. These are folks who have simply rushed to embrace the most well-known racist, bigot and pusher of intolerance we have in this country – someone who’s been propped up by the conservative media for years. It just so happens that he’s running for president.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Matthew Chenault

    Care to elaborate on how Trump is a “racist” when all he stands against is illegal immigration? He doesn’t hate any particular race. He’s denounced racist organizations time and time again.

    What Trump stands against is just opening up the border and letting in millions of undocumented people come into the country, destroy the hard work of millions of Americans, and then bring the U.S. down a tier.

  • Mary Ann Dailey

    Allen, I’ve followed your posts for a while now and I’m a fan. Trump is a mendacious, bigoted xenophobic misogynist, who I’m beginning to consider a sociopath. His incendiary rhetoric is so inflammatory it defies belief. Keep exposing the Republican nomination process for the circus that it is during this election cycle!

    • smileysmilerton

      The actual writer of ‘Art of the Deal’ – Tony Schwartz – stated that if he were given the choice to rename the book, he would have chosen, “The Sociopath”.. direct quote.