This time last year, if you had told most people that Donald Trump was going to launch a presidential campaign that would steamroll through a whole herd of candidates and emerge as the overwhelming winner of the GOP’s presidential nomination, they would have laughed and called you crazy — yet here we are.
It’s not just the fact that somehow Trump ultimately won the Republican party’s presidential nomination, it’s that he’s done so by running one of the most controversial, vile and absurd campaigns in modern U.S. history. From the seemingly endless list of outrageous comments and policy proposals, to the fact that almost nothing Trump says is actually true, his whole campaign has been an absolute sideshow.
It seems MIT professor Noam Chomsky agrees as he unloaded on Trump, calling him a “clown” who’s done nothing but pander to people who are “angry at everything.”
“Every time Trump makes a nasty comment about whoever, his popularity goes up. Because it’s based on hate, you know, hate and fear” Chomsky said. “And it’s unfortunately kind of reminiscent of something unpleasant: Germany, not many years ago.”
“He’s a clown, literally, he could be in the circus,” Chomsky added. “He’s getting huge support from people who are angry at everything. Mostly white males. Working-class, middle-class, poor white males. And their wives and traditional families. They are furious about everything.”
Chomsky is absolutely right.
I’ve often referred to Donald Trump’s campaign as a comments section from a conservative blog that magically sprung to life to run for president. That’s why things like facts and reality don’t matter, because all he’s done is say almost exactly what you see conservatives ranting about in the comments section of just about every article you read online. It’s even been rumored that prior to officially launching his campaign, Trump had people study the comments left by Republicans on conservative blogs and social media accounts, then based his campaign around what they saw.
For decades the Republican party has thrived on pushing hate, anger, paranoia and fear. Donald Trump has perfectly capitalized on all the “work” the GOP has been putting in, making tens of millions of Americans so irrational that they’ll believe damn near anything as long as it sounds like something they want to hear.
While the success of Donald Trump’s campaign caught nearly everyone off guard, it really shouldn’t have. In a lot of ways he’s been the perfect Republican candidate. He’s an arrogant blowhard who sells fiction while pandering to the bigotry, racism and ignorance the GOP has used to galvanize their voters for decades. When you get right down to it, someone like Trump winning the Republican presidential nomination shouldn’t have really been a question of if it could happen — just when.
Well, we now know the answer to that.
All we can hope for now is that rational voters all across the country come together this November to make damn sure Donald Trump doesn’t become our next president.
Watch Chomsky’s comments below:
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