Trump Is So Conservative He’s Not Even On The American Political Map

Donald Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States yesterday, and – blessedly – has been met with criticism and backlash from his fellow Republicans. Lindsey Graham called the proposal “absurd”:

Jeb Bush said that Trump is “unhinged”:  

John Kasich called the proposal “outrageous”:

Marco Rubio called it “offensive and outlandish”:  

Ted Cruz gave a simple “That’s not my policy,” Carly Fiorina called the proposal an “overreaction,” Dick Cheney said that “It’s a mistaken notion” that “goes against everything we stand for and believe in,” Chris Christie told Michael Medved that it’s “a ridiculous position” that “won’t even be productive,” and Ben Carson reiterated that although he thinks everyone coming into the United States should be monitored, “I do not and would not advocate being selective on one’s religion.”

And, to top it all off, Trump told TIME today that he doesn’t know whether or not he would have supported America’s Japanese internment camps during World War II:

“I would have had to be there at the time to tell you, to give you a proper answer,” he said during a recent interview in his office in New York City. “I certainly hate the concept of it. But I would have had to be there at the time to give you a proper answer.”

Trump added that he believes wartime sometimes requires difficult choices. “It’s a tough thing. It’s tough,” he said. “But you know war is tough. And winning is tough. We don’t win anymore. We don’t win wars anymore. We don’t win wars anymore. We’re not a strong country anymore. We’re just so off.”

And look, OK, I get it, we can’t be anachronistic, who knows, etcetera etcetera, but our prerogative as the human race is to learn from our past mistakes. As TIME points out, in 1988, Ronald Reagan signed legislation that apologized to Japanese Americans for the internment camps that said that “The internment of the individuals of Japanese ancestry was caused by racial prejudice, war hysteria and a failure of political leadership.”

If we applied moral relativism to every single situation, you could punch someone in the face and a day later be like, “I don’t know if it was wrong, maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t, I’m not there now. It’s tough.” The question isn’t hard to answer: We decided, as a country, that the internment of Japanese Americans was wrong. It’s the benefit of retrospect.

Not even Ronald Reagan, may he rest in peace, is on Trump’s side, here. Basically only Ann Coulter is, so I guess there’s that?

Martin O’Malley called Trump a “fascist demagogue,” and the thing is, if you’re too conservative for the American right, you might actually be a fascist demagogue. Trump’s politics apparently aren’t even on the American political map. So if there’s one silver lining to Trump’s cloud of horse dung, it’s that America can be a scarily conservative place sometimes, but clearly, at heart, we still about our own and each other’s freedoms.


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