Thursday, December 10, 2015

Appealing to the Monster Inside

Clive Barker unintentionally explains everything about Donald Trump while talking about something else entirely:
Despite an international uproar and condemnation by President Obama and nearly all of those running for the presidency, Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims coming to the United States has the support of a sizable majority of Republicans – and a plurality of all voters.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 66% of Likely Republican Voters favor a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the United States until the federal government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists from coming here. Just 24% oppose the plan, with 10% undecided.
Among all voters, 46% favor a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, while 40% are opposed. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided.
You're not supposed to whip up passions and call for violence or discrimination, though, and that's where we're at, circa 2015. All the things you're not supposed to do work extremely well when measured against the metric of "what will get me positive poll numbers?"

If and when this translates into actual votes, we'll have a pretty good idea how many actual racists or bigots are participating in American democracy on the Republican side.

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