Jan 26 2016

The Dangers of Trump

Feature Stories | Published 26 Jan 2016, 9:30 am | Comments Off on The Dangers of Trump -

Print this Page Print this Page |

GUEST: Robert Jensen, professor of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, and author of several books.

With just a week left before the Iowa caucus, Republican front runner Donald Trump is so confident of himself that he made an outrageous statement: “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and wouldn’t lose any voters, ok? It’s, like, incredible.”

Trump’s normalizing of fascistic language has been the most dangerous aspect of this election. He has come under fire for retweeting posts from a white supremacist, pro-Nazi who posts under the handle @WhiteGenocideTM. Most recently he retweeted a photoshopped image showing himself flipping a switch on a gas chamber that held Jewish candidate Bernie Sanders.* And, Trump’s mixed-race spokeswoman, Katrina Pierson recently tweeted, “Obama’s dad born in Africa, Mitt Romney’s dad born in Mexico. Any pure breeds left?”

The media watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) has accused mainstream media executives of encouraging Trump in order to generate more ratings and hence more dollars.

* ERRATUM: Trump did not retweet a photo of Sanders in the gas chamber, but retweeted another tweet from the creator of the gas chamber photo. More details here: http://www.snopes.com/donald-trump-bernie-sanders-gas-chamber

Comments Off on The Dangers of Trump

Comments are closed at this time.