Brian Kilmeade interviews Donald Trump. You can stop right there, you say. That is just too much stupid to be borne. You would be right to stop reading now. Don’t click to go on to the next page. Do not click that link.
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“I like to do one thing at a time,” Trump told Fox News host Brian Kilmeade. “I would knock the hell out of ISIS.”
“What about civilian casualties?” Kilmeade wondered.
“One of the problems that we have and one of the reasons we’re so ineffective, they’re using them as shields,” Trump explained.
According to the GOP hopeful, President Barack Obama was waging “a very politically correct war.”
“With the terrorists, you have to take out their families,” Trump said. “When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families.”
“They care about their lives, don’t kid yourself. But they say they don’t care about them. You have to take out their families.”
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
One of our presidential candidates is now saying that it is “politically correct” to try to avoid butchering small children (not that Obama has been particularly good at avoiding that). He has just announced his intent to slaughter whole families in the Middle East if elected president.
David Neiwert has a good analysis of this fascist trend in the Republican party, and he actually comes down on the side of saying that Trump is not actually a fascist, but not for the reasons you might think.
Trump is not fascist primarily because he lacks any kind of coherent, or even semi-coherent, ideology. What he represents instead is the kind of id-driven feral politics common to the radical right, a sort of gut-level reactionarism that lacks the rigor and absolutism, the demand for ideological purity, that are characteristic of full-bore fascism.
He’s not literally a fascist, despite the fact that his policies will have fascist outcomes. He’s too stupid to be a fascist.
But if you’re wondering where this came from, or where it may lead…
It is by small steps of incremental meanness and viciousness that we lose our humanity. The Nazis, in the end, embodied the ascension of utter demonic inhumanity, but they didn’t get that way overnight. They got that way through, day after day, attacking and demonizing and urging the elimination of those they deemed their enemies.