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Pure coincidence, of course
Pure coincidence, of course

Donald Trump is already making us nostalgic for those innocent early days of his campaign, when he mostly came across as a buffoon bent on wrecking the Republican Party. He was so good at it that he had to angrily deny he was a Democratic plant.

Turns out the rumors and jokes were on the right track, but lacking in imagination. With his announcement Monday that if he were King of America, he’d keep all the Muslims out, it looks like he’s playing a far more insidious game. We need to look very closely — very, very closely — at whether Donald Trump is actually an agent of the so-called Islamic State, because there’s no greater propaganda gift an American presidential candidate could give the radical group than announcing the USA will exclude an entire religion from the First Amendment. They’re already celebrating in some bunker in Raqqa: “Hey guys! Get this into a recruiting video right now!” It seems only fair to ask: Is Donald Trump’s propaganda gift to ISIS an inside job?

Sen. Angus King, the independent from Maine and a member of the Senate Intelligence and Armed Services committees, believes Trump’s announcement is perfectly aligned with the ISIS agenda:

A gift to ISIS. This is literally their strategy. If you read about what they’re trying to do, they are actively trying to drive a wedge between non-Muslims and Muslims around the world, to push Muslims toward them, toward their extreme version of Islam. This is exactly the worst thing that we could do … They’re trying to convey to the Muslim world that this is a war of the West against Islam, the “new Crusades,” that’s the language that they like. And I’ve read some of their strategic writings, and they talk about exactly this kind of thing, where they want us to push our Muslims away and push them toward radicalization.

If Donald Trump’s actions align so closely with the goals of the craziest terrorists out there — the group that’s too extreme for al Qaeda, remember — you have to wonder: Isn’t that a little too convenient for mere coincidence? What better way to turn American Muslims against their own country than a leading presidential candidate formally declaring they aren’t really Americans? That American citizens traveling abroad would be banned from coming home because of their religion?

Sure, even if Trump were elected, he wouldn’t be able to enact such a policy with a wave of his hand, and if Congress got drunk and passed such madness, it would be declared unconstitutional by every court in the country. Again, however, we must ask: is this stunning ignorance of the basics of American law, much less this blithe willingness to discard fundamental American values, simply the result of political rabble-rousing? Or does Donald Trump disregard American law and values because he is not one of us, but a Mosquechurian Candidate planted by extremists who want to divide our great nation and destroy America from within?

Some may argue that radical Muslims would never make use of an infidel whose every word is anathema to them. After his announcement, Trump was heralded by a neo-Nazi website as the “Glorious Leader” for his plan. The Daily Stormer gushed:

Finally: Someone speaks sense … Get all of these monkeys the hell out of our country — now!

Heil Donald Trump — THE ULTIMATE SAVIOR.

Surely a man adored by neo-Nazis couldn’t be a secret ISIS operative? Ah, but having a bunch of insane Muslim-hating rabble on his side gives Trump plausible deniability; he can claim he’s willing to be politically incorrect to keep America safe. He could even denounce neo-Nazi supporters’ endorsements, “if that would make you feel better,” while noting their speech is protected by the First Amendment, insulating himself from accusations of trampling the Bill of Rights. There’s simply no limit to the cleverness of Trump’s ISIS overlords. We are so far down the rabbit hole we can see through the looking glass, people.

There’s really only one obvious conclusion: Donald Trump has to be an ISIS plant.

Because if he’s not, he must be the logical endpoint of years of Republican nativism and paranoia, the culmination of the Southern Strategy, as explained by Lee Atwater way back in 1981:

You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”

If Trump’s not an ISIS operative, then we’d have to acknowledge Trump is the strategy made flesh, the undercurrent brought to the surface, the pure Republican id in a time when jittery Americans are finally comfortable channeling their fear and hatred toward a convenient minority. Since “nigger, nigger, nigger” is still toxic, now they’re saying “Muslims need not apply” loud and proud. And by god, they’ll shout their bigotry all over TV, not giving a good goddamn that it confirms everything ISIS says about America.

We simply can’t believe a real American would stoop to anything the Pentagon has said would so stupidly help our worst enemies.

[Telegraph / Gawker / Salon / image: Montel Williams on Twitter]

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  • jviscont1

    upon further review, Mr Trump would like to alter the criteria to block only whirling dervishes and hashed up assassins from entering.

    • JohnnyZhivago2

      Don’t forget Young Turks!

    • SnarkOff

      Can we still have flying carpets and magic lamps?

      • JohnnyZhivago2

        Genies always get TSA Pre

        • JustPixelz

          Only because they’re over 70 years old.

      • Thepeoplevs.

        Nope… No more dreaming of arabian nights while whacked out on syrian rue… Its just white, european hallucinogens for you like broomsticks rubbed with nightshade and mushroom laced reindeer urine

    • Latverian Diplomat

      The dervishes are pacificists, I thought (Sufism).

  • JohnnyZhivago2

    Hey, I have an idea for Trump – to keep Mooslims off the Internet. Just like those “pop-up” things that ask if you’re 18 – we could have the Internet (everything, like Google, foxnews.com, etc) come up and ask “Are you a Mooslim?”

    I heard they have to tell the truth – or their head explodes or something?

    Good idea, eh??

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    I’m sure tRump’s comments sounded much better in the original German.

    • eddi

      Oy Vey!?

  • SnarkOff

    Say, you know who else rose to power after a long period of economic misery by using populist rhetoric to blame one particular religious/ethnic group for all of his country’s ills, and then used his position to systematically exterminate…ah, fuck it.

  • witsended

    A petition calling for Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump to be barred from entering UK has passed 100,000, meaning MPs will have to consider debating the issue.

    The petition went on Parliament’s e-petition website on Tuesday.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35052505

    • Playonwords

      snap! You posted while I was searching. :-p

      • witsended

        Posted Piers Morgan, Ann Coulter exchange which was amusing.

    • Donald E Niman

      Ah! Schadengasm!

      Even if the petition does not ultimately pass, the debate should be interesting to see.

  • JohnnyZhivago2

    Would Sinbad be barred from entering the US?

    If so, I might support this.

    • Thepeoplevs.

      Banning Sinbad, and yet Carrottop can still headline a theatre in vegas

      • SuspectedDemocrat

        No prop piece without justice!

      • Msgr_Moment

        Next they came for the gingers, and I was silent….

      • The Wanderer

        Carrot Top is Gallagher Lite.

    • Squirrel_t_robot

      I’m very popular in Kholdistan!

      • Lizzietish81

        A strangely Russian looking Arabian city

      • The Wanderer

        That’s not the Bluebird of Happiness! It’s the Grackle of Weltschmerz!

    • Donald E Niman

      But would Salty the Parrot be banned also, too?

  • SnarkTank

    Here’s what worries me most about Trump: He’s sliding that Overton Window so far to the right that he’s making whackjobs like Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and even Jeb! Bush look moderate.

  • Playonwords

    British Wonkers Sign the Petition “Block Donald Trump”
    https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/114003

    Also Msgr_Moment observed “I, Sarah” is the anagram for “Sharia”.

  • Lizzietish81

    This. So much This.

    It doesn’t matter that he can’t do what he’s saying, what’s important is whipping his base into a frenzy.

    Just like it didn’t matter that the PP tapes were fake, they achieved the desired result.

  • lucidamente

    Trevor Noah did a whole bit last night on Trump as part of “White Isis.”

    • Creepoman

      You can’t spell ISIS without SS

      • Msgr_Moment

        You can’t say Daesh without it sounding like Douche.

  • Dudleydidwrong

    Snark off: there’s an article in this morning’s NY Times (America’s paper of wreckord) by a professor of immigration studies and constitutional law. In it the learned man says that the newly-crowned president Trump COULD institute such an act by executive order and, based on precedent, the courts would find the action constitutional. Scary as hell.

    • Relativicus

      The immigration ban may be constitutional, based on precedents, but keeping American citizens who are Muslim out of the country is most definitely unconstitutional.

      • Dudleydidwrong

        And tRump has evidently backed off of that great idea, probably after his wife kicked him in the balls. Assuming he has balls.

      • Latverian Diplomat

        He acknowleged that, but he also said that Trump had backed away from that part of his proposal, so he was just going to talk about what remained of it.

  • Lot_49

    The courts would declare banning Muslim immigrants unconstitutional just the way they declared internment of Japanese unconstitutional in 1942.

    • Squirrel_t_robot

      As the courts would any mass deportation of people.

      Clearly, Donny really does not know much about the Bill of Rights.

      • eddi

        He might get Congress to suspend a few icky parts until they figure out what’s going on.

    • iGrover

      I see what you did there. ;)

    • Msgr_Moment

      I read that as 1492 and was thinking Spain and the Jews.

      • Lot_49

        Everyone expects the Spanish Inquisition.

        • Msgr_Moment

          I honestly did not expect that. Sorry.

        • Donald E Niman

          Uh, not meeeeee! OOOFF!!

      • eddi

        They had already got rid of their Muslims by then. But the Inquisition went after converted Muslims as well.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      There’s an op-ed in the NYT this morning from an actual Constitutional scholar who says that while the barring citizens from reentry part is unconstitutional, we’ve had so many absolutely arbitrary immigration policies over the years that there’s no precedent that would make a “no Muslims” immigration policy unconstituional.

  • witsended

    Piers Morgan gave US political commentator Ann Coulter short shrift when she spoke about Muslims on Good Morning Britain.
    With video.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/12/09/piers-morgan-ann-coulter-good-morning-britain-interview-muslims-immigration_n_8757326.html?

    • Playonwords

      You know America is really Right Wing when Piers Moron is a beacon of moderation.

      Morgan has clearly reached the end of his tether, telling Coulter: “Maybe it might be slightly more helpful to the American people if we deported you Ann Coulter from the US?”

    • Squirrel_t_robot

      Some people are creeped out by talking skeletons.

    • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

      Did he take Rupert Murdoch’s dick out of his mouth for the interview?

      • SullivanSt

        He probably had to do that a while back when he left News of the World for The Mirror.

  • Playonwords

    Please remember to recommend Wonkette article (the Heart at the top)

  • iGrover

    The new Furor.

    • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

      Fur-er.

  • freakishlystrong

    “First, they came for the Mexican rapists”..

  • Joshua Norton

    Heil Donald Trump — THE ULTIMATE SAVIOR.

    Any questions?
    .

    • stankbait

      Piece of shit is actually more reminiscent of George Wallace.

  • freakishlystrong

    This also allows far right, hateful conservatives to appear “moderate”.

  • Watch out! He’s got a knife!

  • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

    “Again, however, we must ask: is this stunning ignorance of the basics of American law, much less this blithe willingness to discard fundamental American values, simply the result of…” No study of, or experience in governance in general and American politics in particular?

    Why yes, I do believe that may explain it!

  • DahBoner

    Naaaah. Trump just exposed that 33% of Republican voters are racist dumb haters.

    But anyone who’s been paying attention already knows that…

    https://media0.giphy.com/media/VKoSar7nMeMuc/200w_d.gif

    • Gayer Than Thou

      I was reading something just this morning about the conspiracy theory that Trump is a Hillary plant, and the thing that struck me is that even if he and Hillary conspired to get him up there to say all kinds of awful racist things, he still had to find supporters among Republican voters. And find them he did.

      • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

        Alex Jones must be pissing his pants.

        • Playonwords

          I don’t think that’s piss

          • Donald E Niman

            I don’t think those are pants.

      • Muslims 4 Trump

        Yeah but this is the type of shit the Clintons would do. Those right-wing billionaires hate them for a reason.

  • Joshua Norton

    If by any remote possibility he was ever elected, his foreign relations would be quite interesting, seeing as how 9/10ths of the rest of the world leaders have pretty much publicly stated that they can’t stand him.

    • DahBoner

      “I’m such a great negotiator, they’re afraid to talk to me”

      https://media2.giphy.com/media/116S6GJEkPw8YE/200w_d.gif

    • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

      Sooo, better or worse than W?

      • Lizzietish81

        Worse. Much worse.

        Trump is like W but without the restraint.

      • SullivanSt

        People waited and saw with W. Drumpf is far too dangerous for that.

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        That faux compassionate conservatism shit is SO 1999.

  • Playonwords
    • tomamitai

      Don’t they call them “Wankers”? ;)

      • eddi

        Slightly different bunch.

      • stevola

        Today we are all wankers. No, wait…

        • Playonwords

          Well half of us are …

        • Donald E Niman

          Je suis Wanker, if applicable, otherwise Je suis Wonker.

          HTH

  • Left Coast Tom

    Clearly Trump has succeeded in destroying Godwin’s Law…it’s a bit hard to complain about Nazi references to someone who literally gets enthusiastic support tweeted at him from actual Nazis.

    • Creepoman

      His followers have already run Poe’s Law through the shredder. . .

      • SullivanSt

        He himself has doused the shreddings in gas and set them on fire.

        • Creepoman

          Watch out Murphy – he’s coming after you next!

          • FlownOver

            To be followed shortly by Ohm, Bernoulli and ultimately Newton.

          • Playonwords

            Never forget Coles Law

          • doktorzoom

            But don’t leave it out in the sun.

  • witsended

    Landmark Group, a retail giant with more than 170 stores across the Middle East, including Oman, has pulled Trump Home-branded products off its shelves of Lifestyle stores in response to the United States. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s call to ban all Muslims from entering the US.

    http://www.timesofoman.com/article/73279/Oman/Government/Donald-Trump?

    • Gayer Than Thou

      Except for the fact that I haven’t through it all the way through and it might actually be a bad idea, I’d like to see the tenant lists for his New York properties.

      • eddi

        Rich Saudis at Trump Tower do not count as Moslems. Which no doubt would come as a surprise to them.

  • Lizzietish81

    An idea hit me…to counter this we should let the rest of the world know that we think Trump is crazy too. So maybe a series of videos of Americans declaring that they are not supportive of this, they know Muslims or something to that effect.

    • Ryan Denniston

      You mean, white people should speak out and condemn the actions of a member of their race?

      • Gayer Than Thou

        #NotAllToupeeWearers

    • freakishlystrong

      They don’t let us, or those who represent us, on the mainstream teevee.

      • Lizzietish81

        Who cares about Mainstream? Viral on youtube.

        • Gayer Than Thou

          “It Gets Muslim-ier”? We’ll work on it.

    • Donald E Niman

      Good idea. I would volunteer, but (and you knew there would be a but), I live in Phoenix and cannot afford my own security detail. I fear for my three kitteh kats. And myself, also too. I guess I’m pussy #4.

  • At this point, I’m not so frightened of Trump getting elected as I am of the fact that there is a faction of the American electorate that is increasingly becoming radicalized towards fascism.

    • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

      Toss up.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      Right? Even if he loses, we gotta live with the fact that a significant percentage of our neighbors are incipient goose-stepping Brownshirts.

      • Cismontane

        Not my neighbors. I think there’s enough anti-Trump unanimity in my neighborhood to form a pretty substantial Warsaw-like Ghetto whence the Trumpsturmabteiling come calling in force… Us liberal yuppies and trustafarians, we will make our stand here!

        • FlownOver

          Because that turns out so well, eh?

          • Cismontane

            But it’ll be glorious! um.. but I think our rate of gun ownership is probably pretty low to non-existent.. so, um, wait…

      • eggsacklywright

        Waiting for the Reichstag moment.

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          Achtung!

        • The Wanderer

          That would have been 9/11/01.

      • Ryan Denniston

        My county voted 75% for Obama. In 2012. I think I’m probably ok.

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          Central Tucson-chez moi-is pretty blue. But the barbarians are literally at the gates.

        • Left Coast Tom

          78.9% here. Whew!

          • Gayer Than Thou

            I think that just means your county will be one of the first to go to the camps.

          • alwayspunkindrublic

            Can I come hide out in your basement on inauguration day?

        • FlownOver

          Planning to build a wall, are you?

          • Ryan Denniston

            Nah. The bonuses walls provide in Civ 5 aren’t as good as in past versions.

          • Cismontane

            Well.. If it’s a ghetto in the 1940s sense, Trump may just build that wall, to contain us in our liberal, libertine and diverse enclaves. Before they send in their Trumpsturmabteilung to deal with us. Cheers!

        • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

          Don’t move!

        • Reddishrabbit

          82% in my neighborhood.
          But where Trump lives, it was 82% so you never know…
          Actually at a bar once and I guy kept talking about a YouTube video that proves Obama was born in Kenya to OBL and Satan.

          • theCryptofishist

            Okay, who provided the gestational services?

    • freakishlystrong

      His supporters scare the shit out of me. He’s an ignorant bloviating racist, those assholes with the “Silent Majority” signs at his rallies are your neighbors.

      • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

        And all those small arms are hardly silent.

        • coozledad

          Where I live, the Republicans are pushing for concealed carry on county property. That means the health department, the department of social services, government offices…

          I think it’s just part of a broader effort at destabilization so they can steadily drift back to some form of peonage system.

          • Playonwords

            A sort of Fief-for-all

          • AntiDerpomeme

            I like what you did there!

          • Donald E Niman

            I fear that Serfing will become all also too popular.

      • Tendernob

        The term “Trump supporter” sounds like an ugly bra for holding up your racism and xenophobia.

        • Gayer Than Thou

          I was thinking ugly jockstrap, but either way…

        • Donald E Niman

          Oh, and I also think of the old ad where it says “it both lifts and separates.”

      • Redgyal

        And co-workers. ugh!

    • Ryan Denniston

      Also too, gun ownership.

  • Msgr_Moment

    Nope. He’s on Cruz Control. He will not stumble on his own, but be strategically pushed aside at the right moment by Raffi, but it will be done in such a way to leave no fingerprints.

  • Ryan Denniston

    “Because if he’s not, he must be the logical endpoint of years of Republican nativism and paranoia, the culmination of the Southern Strategy, as explained by Lee Atwater way back in 1981”

    Bingo. This is the combination of the Southern Strategy and the rise of movement conservatism in terms of actual control over the party, fueled by the rise of an alternative media just for conservatives (which reinforces a worldview untroubled by pesky tethers to reality), and 15 years of financial crisis, lackluster employment and wage growth, increased inequality, and growth in the fear of uncertainty to important needs like employment.

    • Randy Riddle

      The GOP could have shut down this racist bullshit years ago. They took advantage of it instead.

      Now, all of us are paying a heavy price for it.

      • Playonwords

        I posted the John Scalzi Blogpost about this

      • Ryan Denniston

        They thought they could ride the Tea Party to electoral success, but an important part of conservatism is a suspicion and paranoia of disloyalty and sabotage. This is why we had McCarthy, this is why we have RINOs, this is why Eric Cantor lost. Okay, so that last one was glorious. Point is, they thought they could ride it to success, but now the Establishment is seeing that it’s time is limited.

        • theCryptofishist

          Can Stalinist purges be far behind?

  • Cismontane

    Trump Raqqa luxury resort and casino.. providing diversion for the jihaddis? “Just look at all those animals, giving me all their money! Just shoveling their money into my pockets! I win! I always win! I’m a winner!”

    So, If Trump is helping ISIS and he’s also successfully using extortion and blackmail to make the Republican Party do his bidding (and face it, the only reason he’s even still allowed to play in their party is because they’re scared to death of what will happen to them if he makes an indie run of it), then wouldn’t that mean, by extension, that ISIS is controlling the GOP? And, by the transitive property, ISIS can be said to be running Reince and his boys? Oh boy, hilarity (or Armageddon) ensues…

    • OneYieldRegular

      The Hard Raqqa Cafe.

    • The Wanderer

      One can always hope that Trump is, in fact, a winner.
      Just like Charlie Sheen.

      • Cismontane

        Trump’s always a winner, in his mind.. and his bluster

  • alwayspunkindrublic

    My Favorite Facebook Idiot warns incessantly that Trump is secretly working for Obama. Apparently he found the birth certificate and everything seemed kosher, so he signed on to Bamz’ plan for Negro World Tyranny.

  • witsended

    Donald Trump, who has called for a blanket ban on Muslims entering the US to combat terrorism in the wake of a mass shooting, once attended a Sinn Fein fundraising dinner in the early days of the peace process when the republican party was wedded to the IRA.

    http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/donald-trump-attended-sinn-fein-fundraiser-amid-antiira-terror-protests-34273453.html?

    • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

      So that’s where he got his chops!

  • Thepeoplevs.

    Well, at least the GOP is no longer denying the giant steaming turd on its front lawn and are now just deciding whose job it is to clean it up…

    • Cismontane

      Well, as I said below, if Trump’s serving ISIS, and using extortion to control the GOP at the same time, then one could say that the GOP serves ISIS! Perish the thought.. Oh my…

  • Lizzietish81

    Another thing to consider is that he may not be working for ISIS, but for the military industrial complex to push more war. After all terrorism in the Mid East is good for business.

    Not to mention it detracts from more pressing problems like climate change and social injustice.

    • SullivanSt

      Who was it that first advised never to assume malice when incompetence was a sufficient explanation?

      • FlownOver

        Hitler?

        [Sorry – it’s become a reflex.]

      • Playonwords

        In this form it is Hanlon’s Razor

        • Donald E Niman

          Then there is Niman’s Retort:

          If both malice and stupidity explain it even better, then fuck it: Assume both.

      • edith prickly

        I’ve been assuming incompetence all along but he’s still dangerous. People are going to get attacked if he keeps this up.

        • eddi

          First a pig’s head. Next time random shooting. Then targeted shooting.

        • SullivanSt

          Totally agree… except that people have already been attacked (Boston homeless guy, the protester who Trump afterwards said “probably should have been roughed up”).

          • edith prickly

            Make that MORE people are going to get attacked.

      • eddi

        The results are the same.

    • Gayer Than Thou

      Or, you know, all those religious extremists in our own country who believe that Jesus wants to come back soon and he plans to do it after a terrible war that begins in the Middle East.

  • Lizzietish81

    Credo has a petition to tell MSNBC and CNN to stop giving this assclown free air time

    https://act.credoaction.com/sign/msnbc_cnn_trump?t=2&akid=16299.4953982.7NoO0_

    • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

      Amen.

    • JustPixelz

      But I so enjoy sending insulting tweets to @ChrisMatthews when he hands over his show to Trump.

    • JustPixelz

      While we’re at it, shows that let him phone it in. We should ban candidates from appearing without proof they’re wearing clothes.

      • FlownOver

        Now I’m gonna need a Costco-sized bottle of brain bleach. Thanks, Obama JustPixels.

  • janecita

    The great thing about living in the United States, is that there are plenty of minorities to blame for all our problem. Blacks, Chinese, Japanese, Irish, Latinos, Italians, and now Muslims. It’s always an outsider’s fault, because after all, white Americans are exceptional!

    • Gayer Than Thou

      Gay homosexual libel!!!!

      • Thepeoplevs.

        Yes, yes…
        You are a problem too…
        A FABULOUS problem…

      • janecita

        Sorry, I forgot about the Gay Mafia and their agenda.

      • Playonwords

        Is a Gay homosexual sort of extra homosexual or are they just happy homosexuals???

        • eggsacklywright

          That phrase is just to distinguish them from the non-gay homosexuals.

      • JustPixelz

        You’re gonna have to up your game. May I suggest:
        – throat cramming gay marriage down America’s throat
        – throat cramming Memories Pizza down America’s throat
        – throat cramming Obamacare down America’s throat

        • Gayer Than Thou

          Just at present I am preoccupied with the task of getting something crammed down my own throat. America can just wait her turn.

          • eggsacklywright

            Poor me. All I have in my froat is a froggy.

        • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

          – throat cramming throat cramming down America’s throat

      • The Wanderer

        Don we now our gay apparel!

      • arglebargle

        Don’t forget us Atheists. We poll lower than Muslims, or at least we used to. Wonder if we’ve moved up a notch yet?

        I’d put up a Baphomet statue in my yard, but I’m concerned my neighbor with her glowing virgin mary statues might feel I’m shoving it in her face.

        • Playonwords

          Have you though of getting some of those good (Celtic) Christian carvings of a Sheela na gig. Now that really would be pushing it in her face.

          • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

            Of course. They’re my neighbors.

            Keltisches Fürstengrab Rodenbach
            Eine aufsehenerregende Entdeckung versetzte im Jahr 1874 das Dorf Rodenbach in Aufregung. Am „Fuchshübel“ war ein keltisches Hügelgrab gefunden worden, das nun in aller Eile ausgegraben wurde. Wegen der wertvollen Grabbeigaben ist anzunehmen, dass es sich bei dem Bestatteten um einen bedeutenden Mann gehandelt haben muß. Das Keltengrab, das auf die Zeit um 400 v. Chr. datiert wurde, ist seitdem als „Fürstengrab von Rodenbach“ bekannt und gilt als bedeutendster Fund aus der La-Tène-Zeit nördlich der Alpen.

            Die Ausgrabungen förderten u. a. eiserne Waffen und bronzene Gefäße zutage. Die wertvollsten Beigaben aber waren ein goldener Armreif sowie ein goldener Fingerring. Alle Originalfunde sind im Historischen Museum der Pfalz in Speyer zu sehen.

            Repliken des Armreifes und des Fingerrings befinden sich u. a. im Reinhard-Blauth-Museum in Weilerbach. Zudem sind diese Schmuckstücke sowie alle anderen Funde als Nachbildungen im rekonstruierten Fürstengrab an der „Unteren Weißlach“, direkt am Wanderweg „Vor- und Frühgeschichte“, ausgestellt.

            Anläßlich der 700-Jahr-Feier der Gemeinde im Jahr 2000 wurde das Fürstengrab mit der Grabkammer und seinen Grabbeigaben rekonstruiert und kann während der Sommermonate besichtigt werden.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DC2gIe6R0CU

        • lroom

          Or you could do like this guy with a zombie nativity.

          http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/zombie-nativity-scene_56666ad3e4b079b2818fe5fd

          • arglebargle

            I saw that too. Awesome. That would counteract my other neighbor and her plywood snow men nativity scene. The war ain’t on Christmas, it’s on good taste.

          • Querolous

            I liked this one

      • Redgyal

        I’ll represent the race mongrels here.

  • Ryan Denniston

    The worst part about this is that Trump doesn’t actually believe any of this crap. He was simply trying to distract the media from a recent poll that showed him losing. But the thing is, he is tapping into and bolstering something very dangerous out there in Winger country.

    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2015/12/07/3729384/donald-trump-muslim-ban-ted-cruz-poll/

  • Randy Riddle

    My theory is that he thinks he’s in a tv reality show.

    • Ryan Denniston

      Notice that he constantly talks about the ratings he’s getting for his appearances on tv?

    • toomanyrappers

      You’re fired.

  • Angry and Short

    Lower class whites need someone on the rung below them. They need to feel superior to something. Whether it’s blacks Jews, Russians, teh Geighs, it doesn’t matter. They need someone to hate.

    • Ryan Denniston

      This is why they perceive every expansion of a right as a loss, not as a net gain. Probably secretly why they didn’t pass that UN treaty on the physically disabled a few years ago.

      • theCryptofishist

        Yeah, Santorum trotting out his developmentally disabled daughter to show he didn’t have any ill will towards the disability community.

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      Invertebrates. They’re the next lower rung. Why can’t they just hate amebas and leave everyone else alone?

      • eggsacklywright

        Euglenas unite!

        • Playonwords

          Hydra-headed monsters

      • Rick Hill

        Because an amoeba doesn’t know it’s at the bottom, you can’t insult an amoeba and you certainly can’t shoot one(in a completely safe environment for yourself, of course)

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          Yeah, I guess getting stupid on Bud LIte and going out ameba-knocking with baseball bats just doesn’t quite have the same cachet…

          • theCryptofishist

            Crawdads. They’re crunchy and pinchy and, all in all, not affected by their place in our affection.

      • Querolous

        “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the yeast of these my brethren,…”

    • Redgyal

      Why the need to hate? Never made sense to me.

  • coozledad

    Donald Trump is just Muslim rich.

  • Belasaurius

    “…if Adolph Hitler flew in today/they’d send a limousine anyway”

  • alwayspunkindrublic

    Chris Matthews-yes, I endured 10 minutes worth-had Cruz’s campaign manager nailed to the wall on the subject of courting Trump’s base of Gestapo voters. He could’ve roasted him on a spit and licked the bones clean, but instead-in typical AD/HD Matthews fashion-made a stupid quip, lost focus, and let the motherfucker off the hook.

  • witsended

    Saw this on the Trump facts twitter stream made me laugh.

    Donald’s hair pieces are crafted from finest ginger Pomeranian arse hair by lesbians in North England.

    • Reddishrabbit

      Pomeranian libel!!!

    • Count Awesome

      I would have guessed they were made out of unicorn manes by virgins in a sweatshop in Atlantis.

  • Thatsitfor Theotherwon
    • Gayer Than Thou

      I would love a way to sign petitions and make donations without giving any contact information. The last thing I need are more emails.

      • Thatsitfor Theotherwon

        Set up an asshole account on Yahoo (seems to be fitting), where all the assholes can send you garbage. Dump it all once a week.

      • Ryan Denniston

        They should have an upvote system.

  • Rick Hill

    Pffft. Laws, procedures, impossibilities, Constitution. You talk about such unimportant things without regard to what is paramount and of the most importance here: Turnip’s poll numbers. Have you seen them? Through the roof. If you are not concerned with what’s important to the Donald(not the duck) then you are what’s wrong with America.

  • Thepeoplevs.
    • Thepeoplevs.

      Its just not this easy to fix…

      • Rick Hill

        I think it’s also the reverse, Turnip has corrupted the hairpiece

        • therblig

          hell toupe?

  • JustPixelz

    STFU! Trump is a uniter. The ADL and CAIR have condemned him. Palestinians and Israelis don’t want him in their country (or countries depending on your interpretation). Even politicians in Scotland and England don’t want him.

    • doktorzoom

      OK, fine, but if he inspires a “We are the World” remake, things have gone too far.

      • Donald E Niman

        Ughgk! Bile tastes almost as bad as Rogaine.

      • Count Awesome

        Trump would commission the lyrics to be changed to “I Am The World”

      • Count Awesome

        What would Trumps lyrics be for this?https://youtu.be/bjQzJAKxTrE

  • Joe Beese

    Or is he working for… the Empire??

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KU_Jdts5rL0

    • Ryan Denniston

      Cheney libelz!!!

      • lroom

        Cheney is the Emperor.

      • greyXstar

        Vader LIBELZ!! Please stop this awful meme; even the guy who destroyed his daughters homeworld doesn’t deserve that comparison.

        • Ryan Denniston

          No one actually thinks that Cheney is equal to Vader. It’s more of a statement of frustration and powerlessness one felt at the time.

  • OneYieldRegular

    Trump allegedly kept a copy of Hitler speeches for his bedtime reading, so I predict that we’re next going to find out that his long-form birth certificate indicates he was born in Saudi Arabia.

  • crunchyknee

    Safety Dance.

  • MrBlobfish

    “A certificate of live birth is not the same thing by any stretch of the imagination as a birth certificate.”

    • Cindyinencinitas

      So he graduated from the Kim Davis school of how to do paperwork and something something law and junk.

  • doktorzoom

    Update: In response to Trump’s actions, President Obama has issued an executive order temporarily suspending Godwin’s Law.

  • Major_Major_Major

    Has Donald started a movement to reestablish eugenics? It seems that is the only missing piece to the puzzle.

    • The Wanderer

      Leben unwurdig leben.

  • JohnR

    Trump’s latest campaign rally. https://youtu.be/v_leY_LgOuQ

  • eggsacklywright

    At his coronation, The Don will have his own Cathedral of Light. I wonder who he will install as capos in his cabinet?

  • eggsacklywright

    And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,

    Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

  • Cismontane

    every time I see one of those Man in the High Castle TV ads on billboards in the train, I think of Trump. Except the castle would be a gold-tinted glass tower and the Nazi sigils would be replaced with giant golden Ts or maybe a stylized toupe.

  • FZsdaughter

    Yeah but talk about too little too late. If only we’d appreciated our muslin overlord Obama, we wouldn’t be here now.

  • Me not sure

    Doesn’t ISIS wear a black uniform like Oberguppenfuhrer Drumpf?

  • beatbort

    Push a bully and a blowhard too far and he becomes a Nazi. Sinclair Lewis imagined it perfectly in his novel “It Can’t Happen Here.” And George Orwell summed it up in 1984, this way: “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.”

    • Anarchy Pony

      The Iron Heel, also too.

  • Billy Croissant

    Trump seems to be Daesh’s token crazy white person, but I heard his end game is to get them to finance a casino in Syria (with hookers and blackjack!), declare bankruptcy and then ca-ching! cash in all that sweet sweet terrorist money. Worked for him in New York and Atlantic City.

    • Biff52

      Those hookers. They’re virgins, right?

      • Donald E Niman

        Trump advertises them as virgins.

        • doktorzoom

          Perhaps he’s met the ten-year-old pimp and his two twelve-year-old virgin sisters who were not really virgins and not really sisters and who were really only twenty-eight.

      • Whale Chowder

        Repeatedly.

    • Jay Vaughn

      Actually forget the blackjack.

  • Marla

    Trump is America’s Kristallnacht for anyone stupid enough to believe in him. Fuck this racist, xenophobic-spewing demagogue asshole with a big rubber dick. Then break it in two and use it to beat some sense into him.

    • Takoma DC

      I agree with all you wrote except the beat some sense into him part. It’s too late fir that. He needs to be removed from the earthly realm asap.

      • doktorzoom

        Dang, I hate to delete a regular, but the rules are the rules. And that comment was over the line. We still love you, but nope, we don’t wish for anyone’s death. Not even a scumsucking maggot like Trump.

        • Takoma DC

          I should have specified Alien abduction. Apologies.

  • Notreelyhelping

    Shakily, Pat Buchanan raised his head from the bartop. Black and white TV light played across his bloated features. “My son,” he croaked. “My son!”

  • Donald E Niman

    I’m sure Trump would be offended by the suggestion that he is working for ISIS. He would immediately insist that ISIS was really working for him.

    • Marla

      Trump would definitely use ISIS to build him another in a series of failed golf courses.

      • Donald E Niman

        Certainly any housing developments around ISIS golf courses would also fail. Golf balls taking out your windows is one thing. 7.62mm AK-47 rounds taking out your windows, doors, walls, furniture, and oh, by the way, people is totes another thing entirely.

    • Takoma DC

      He’s an awesome negotiator.

    • Count Awesome

      If that’s the case I’m waiting for him to tell them “You’re fired!!!”

  • Tendernob

    Donald Trump is what happens when you tell a child all his ideas are special.

    • Mehmeisterjr

      And give him a million dollars to play with.

  • Jay Vaughn

    If he attacks a bar I’m fucking out.

    • eggsacklywright

      Dunno, it didn’t hurt Davy Crockett’s image much.

      • Biff52

        When he was only 3!

      • JustDon’tSayDittos

        As they say in the Shire, I saw what you did there.

    • eddi

      No, the Beerhall Putsch started at a bar. They marched out to glory and Dolphie ended up behind bars.

  • Donald E Niman

    In related news: Yesterday, Godwin’s Law was demoted to “Godwin’s Suggestion”. Today, it was further downgraded to “Godwin’s Hint.”

    I suspect that in the near future, it will become “Godwin’s What?”

  • Anarchy Pony

    How long til the TrumpenSS come knocking?

  • Tendernob

    Why are people shocked that Trump is leading polls? This is a nation that asked no questions when a restaurant started using Doritos as taco shells.

    • greyXstar

      Hey! Those things are amazing!

      • Cindyinencinitas

        I still can’t get over the fact that this country calls tortillas “taco shells” at all.

    • Hardly Ideal

      Dorito tacos? I’m still mad over the Double-Down and Famous Bowl.

    • Left Coast Tom

      In fairness, I think it’s stretching things to call Taco Bell a “restaurant”.

      • Count Awesome

        They’re an establishment, duh.

        • Celtic_Gnome

          Not an organization? Is that because of the Messican?

  • Biff52
    • Bill Slider

      Jeb! will fix it.

    • Left Coast Tom

      Manzanar…

      • Biff52

        I live about 30 miles north of Manzanar, and visit frequently.

  • Ian Abrams

    Boy, would it ever be irresponsible not to speculate.

  • eddi

    Jonnyfreakinouter! Even The Tea Party are mealy-mouthing on Trump’s statement. A weak-ass walkback, but still calling him a megalomaniac is a little harsh.
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/12/09/tea-party-turns-on-megalomaniac-strongman-donald-trump.html?google_editors_picks=true

  • akryan

    I hate how all of sudden prominent Republicans are acting so shocked by this sort of speech. Trump didn’t just start saying this stuff out of nowhere. The teatards were formed based on racial and religious aggrievement and their paranoia was encouraged and given legitimacy by mainstream conservatives. But now everyone is acting like this “no muslims or dogs allowed” language is fully Trump’s own. I’m pissed that no one in the media is holding conservative’s feet to the fire over the fact that they created the space for a guy like Trump to succeed.

    • Whale Chowder

      This would require the media to take the time to correlate cause and effect, i.e. do their job.

      In other words, pshyeah, right.

      • Takoma DC

        Nowadays they’re simply glorified stenographers.

      • Mehmeisterjr

        That’s Comedy Central’s job.

    • lroom

      I totally agree. They have been saying awful things about Muslims as well along with every other minority.

    • Takoma DC

      ^What he said.

  • Ralph Crown

    A better question is, does DT work for the Cruz campaign? Once he flames out, anyone else will look reasonable, and the bar gets dropped to another new low. It’s not like elections matter any more anyway.

    • greyXstar

      So much this! Notice every prominent Republican lined up to slam Trump yesterday (even though they’ve all said equally vile shit), except Cruz. He’d be even worse than Trump!

      • Takoma DC

        Cruz is just shameless. His proboscis is perfectly shaped for Trump’s anus.

        • greyXstar

          They’re all shameless. Cruz is shameless and a sociopath.

          • Cindyinencinitas

            He’d say Trump is Yasser Arafat if it would get him one more vote.

          • greyXstar

            Sayyy, have you ever seen Trump and Yasser Arafat in the same room at the same time?

    • Takoma DC

      You’re so right. It’s only going to get worse.

    • Zhu Bajie

      I can’t believe Trump would work for someone else.

  • JParkerSD46

    When are the wingnuts going to start calling Trump a traitor for aiding and abetting radical Islam extremists? Oh, yeah…never. They reserve that just for Obama.

    • Hardly Ideal

      Back when Obama got elected, my dad warned that “we won’t recognize this country anymore” by the time he left office.

      He was right, but not for the reasons he was thinking of. We now live in an age where we can’t even agree on what color the sky is.

      • thenearesthippie

        Why are you bringing COLOR into this???!!!11 YOUR the RACIST!!!eleven!11!

        • Querolous

          Oh the huemanatee-tee

  • I am absolutely convinced at this point that Donald Trump has a major cocaine problem. It explains so much.

    • Angela Ruzzo

      Early onset dementia????

      • No way, cocaine. He has endless energy, he apparently never sleeps considering he talks to the media pretty much any time day or night, and he’s super paranoid.

        • Cindyinencinitas

          And his wife’s a former model. She married her dealer. Old, predictable story.

    • lroom

      I was thinking meth

      • Takoma DC

        A lot of meth labs in Florida. But I think he has a personality disorder.

  • Mavenmaven

    Make fun of Trump all day, what worries me is the 30% of the Republican voters supporting him, who have now been “radicalized”.

    • toomanyrappers

      Donald Trump seperates the plutocrats from their voters. They must reap what they sow.

      Trump is fantastic. Just like the people that support him, he’s a stupid asshole. With him on the ballot, those 30% are marginalized and the rest of us can make a sensible choice.

      He’s a black hole where we can throw stupid votes.

      He’s great.

      • tinker12

        I hope to gawd that Trumpet is the GOTP nominee!

      • Takoma DC

        I don’t know if it’s true that they’re “marginalized.” Look at what happened in French elections. If the French are that stupid, the Americans can only be stupider.

        • toomanyrappers

          Wingnuts need their own party. There are dangers, but separating the plutocrats from their fake populist platform outweighs the risks. In the long run, separating the rich old men from the angry white masses presents opportunities to negotiate real changes–to reverse our income and opportunity gaps.

          Trump can pull the angry stupid masses off the GOP bandwagon. With them adrift, their representatives will need to differentiate themselves from the GOP plutocrats–and the base appeal of the entire enterprise is populism.

          It sure beats watching them vote against their interests every year.

          Divide and conquer.

          • Takoma DC

            I think Trump will both divide and conquer the gop. That’s what I meant by not being certain they’ll be marginalized. As Doktor Zoom said Trump is a crystallization of everything the gop has stood for the last 40 years. If San Bernardino hadn’t happened (and no future terrorist attacks between now and election day) your scenario would probably happen. Just as the same transformation happened to the democratic party but in the positive. I fear more republicans support Trump than what current polls show. I believe he’ll be the gop nominee. I think the election will be much much closer than I ever believed possible. Fascism is here.

          • toomanyrappers

            Demographics are the enemy of the GOP. Trump can’t win without extending his appeal beyond white males. He’s a dead end.

            Just imagine what will happen on the real campaign trail. If you thought Romney had a slip of the tongue, just wait. What happens when someone records a candid Trump?

            You worry too much. Just carrying white men isn’t enough.

          • Takoma DC

            With all due respect I think you may be too cavalier.

            I’ve seen far too many Trump lawn signs in affluent neighborhoods and too many Trump bumber stickers on expensive cars with female drivers to be afraid.

            Since SB even more so. Since French elections my fear has increased. Not of terrorists but of the stupidity of the American people.

            I hope you’re correct. But with the news today about SB attackers, it’s not good for democrats.

          • toomanyrappers

            So, would you say most women are affluent white women? Like I said, demographics are the natural enemy of the GOP.

            Trump is even more toxic outside of white voters than Romney–and he will lose more steam on the campaign trail.

            The gold mine is Trump’s history. While the GOP lacks a single opponent determined and able enough to dismantle him–and claim moral high ground, the Democrats will not be as inept and gunshy.

          • Takoma DC

            Around my way, I only see affluent white people supporting Trump. Yet the reports are his supporters are poor and uneducated?

          • Takoma DC

            I hope you’re right.

    • Zhu Bajie

      Ordinary working people, blue or white collar, have lots of economic problems. Neither R’s nor D’s address those problems. Being attracted to a demogogue who blames scapegoats is pretty common.

  • Angela Ruzzo

    I am not an expert on constitutional law, but wouldn’t what Trump suggested require an amendment to the Constitution? That would take years to pass, with no guarantee of success. Of course, he could pull out the National Security card and bypass the Constitution, but there would be so many legal challenges that that would take years too.
    Meanwhile, how do you define “Moslem”? Some Sunni Moslems believe that Shiite Moslems are not real Moslems, and vice versa. Even Christians can’t all agree on who is a Christian. I have Baptist relations who believe that Catholics and Mormons are Satanists, and not Christians at all. This is a big can of worms that politicians should stay out of. What would be the next step? Would we create Religious Police like the ones in Saudi Arabia? Would we have an Inquisition that seeks out secret Moslems?

    • Lord-Nash

      The fact that even Republican leaders are speaking out in revulsion on this means he’s crossed the line. Sure, there are idiots who still agree with him, but those numbers aren’t enough to elect a preznit.

      • Angela Ruzzo

        You might be surprised. Most of the people I talk to where I live are ordinary, white, working-class and middle-class Midwesterners, some educated and some not, most over age 50, and I’d say that half of them agree with Trump – they’d like to see all the Moslems leave and no more be admitted. This is what they think in their secret heart of hearts and have said in front of me. None of them would have voted for Trump before, but they might actually think they have more in common with Trump now than they did before. I don’t think it will influence them to vote for him, should the occasion arise, and I don’t think any of them would actively participate in the rounding up of Moslems, but if OTHER people did it for them they would not be unhappy. This is because they are ignorant and don’t know any Moslems personally. It’s easy for some people to dislike other people they don’t know anything about, especially when the media keeps lying to them. This was the purpose of racial segregation – keep people apart, keep them from getting to know each other, and they will fear each other.

        • Lord-Nash

          Like I said in another post: people like him because he says what they’re thinking, if they’re stupid.

      • Zhu Bajie

        The typical Nazi was an ordinary person. Weimar Republic voting returns have been studied extensively. The typical Nazi voter was a small town business man or a farmer, lived in northern Germany, and Protestant, which in Germany means Lutheran.

    • Hardly Ideal

      I hate to invoke a slippery slope, but I too have to wonder where this all ends? Who’s next? Jews? Catholics? Protestants? Papists?
      http://i3.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/168/448/God_Macro_3.png

      • Angela Ruzzo

        It’s like the poem says:
        First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
        Because I was not a Socialist.
        Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
        Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
        Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
        Because I was not a Jew.
        Then they came for me—
        and there was no one left to speak for me.
        Rev. Martin Niemoller, Lutheran Pastor, Germany, 1946

      • Usedtobeyellerdawg

        It’s those Hare Krishna’s with the flowers I tell you! Ticking time bombs…

      • Zhu Bajie

        Wonketteers and others mocking the Dear Leader.

    • Zhu Bajie

      Semi-private death squads.

      • Angela Ruzzo

        How would one write that up on one’s resume?

        • Count Awesome

          It would be written as “armed political stooge”.

        • Zhu Bajie

          Consultant

        • Zhu Bajie

          Maybe slaughter house worker.

    • Takoma DC

      Ignorant white American Christians define “Muslim” as anyone who looks a certain way. These stupid people consider anyone who looks Middle Eastern as Muslim. So this will include many Middle Eastern Christians, some people of Spanish, Italian and Greek ancestry, some Latinos, and of course Indian Hindus.

      They still haven’t figured out how to feel about light-skinned light-eyed western garbed Muslims like the King of Jordan. Nor do they yet know what to do about Asian Muslims. Or how to differentiate between Christian black Africans and Muslim black Africans. But since they pretty much already hate all blacks and Asians and have always discriminated against blacks and Asians, it’s all good.

      • Angela Ruzzo

        The problem will be with Eastern European Muslims, such as the Bosnians. They don’t dress distinctly and look like Europeans. The second generation has assimilated to a considerable degree. One can only tell they are Bosnians by their names and the food they cook.

        • Takoma DC

          I totally forgot about the group you mention. They pose a problem for the Muslim-hating white Christians too.

          I also forgot white people who’ve converted to Islam. These people confuse the BeeJeebus outta’ the hate group.

          Pretty soon they’ll propose a Islamic symbol for all Muslims to wear to better and immediately id them.

          It’s my understanding that Shiite Muslims were originally Zoroastrians (non-Arab). Then Sunni (Arab) in Persia (Iran) began persecuting Zoroastrians and their temples and cultural centers desecrated and eventually most were destroyed.

          Many were killed. Many converted to Islam (superficially) to save their lives and that of their family. The Sunnis claimed Allah told them they had to spread Islam throughout the world. Prior to this violent time (6th-7th centuries) Persia had been a peaceful productive nation with a great culture.

          Back then the children would’ve been forced to learn and use Arabic. I find it interesting that none of my modern day Shiite friends know Arabic. However my French Sunni friend is fluent in Arabic.

          • Angela Ruzzo

            The division began immediately after the death of the Prophet Mohammed as a disagreement over who should succeed him. The Sunnis felt that Abu Bakr, the prophet’s closest friend, should be the next Moslem leader. But the Shiites claimed that Mohammed had annointed his son-in-law, Ali, as his successor. The Sunnis won, but a split occurred which was was cemented when Ali’s son was later killed by the ruling Sunni’s troops – an event which the Shiites commemorate every year. About 40% of Sunnis today don’t regard Shiites as true Moslems. Zoroastrians WERE persecuted in Persia, and many did convert to Shia Islam, but they were not its founders.

          • Takoma DC

            So you do know the reason for the differences? I guess my Shiite Persian friend doesnt know her own culture’s history. Thanks!

          • Angela Ruzzo

            I used to study religious history and know the answer, but it’s been so long that I would now have to go look it up. There are differences in doctrine, ritual, law, theology and organization, but I don’t remember all the details. Here is a brief summary
            http://islam.about.com/cs/divisions/f/shia_sunni.htm

          • Takoma DC

            It’s my error. I thought you posted you didn’t know the difference between Shiite and Sunni. My mistake.

            I have Muslim friends who’ve explained some of the differences within historical context. It’s very interesting.

          • Angela Ruzzo

            No problem. It’s been 40 years since my Comparative Religions class, you reminded me that it’s time to take a refresher.

  • TheBidenator

    Donald Trump supporters have always been the real assholes on the GOP side- remember the people with purple heart band aides in ’04? Trump supporters. Remember the cruel tea bagger who threw money at that vet who just wanted health care? Trump supporters. The racist internet trolls who love George Zimmerman, the paranoiacs like Pam Gellar…the point is, Trump hasn’t radicalized anyone. He’s just carrying the banner of the fascist, hardest right factions of the GOP which the party itself is to blame for catering to for so long whilst utilizing the Overton Window. The Donald Trump moment is not one for American democracy, after all right wing populists only come to power in special circumstances. Instead it’s a moment for the GOP which has spent fourteen years of screaming rage and seven years of complete refutation of even its own rudimentary policy goals in order to portray its rivals as socialists.
    This is the moment for the Republican party to wholesale expel Trumpites, the John Birch Society, the far right extremists and become a center-right party less driven by ideology than in favor of compromise. That’s one way of looking at it…the other is the GOP gave away the store to the nutjobs years ago and Trump is just the wages of this decision- Republicans have made their beds now they can lie in it…

    • Pecker Rider of Pern

      If you get rid of the Trumpen proletariat, who would be left to vote Republican? The 1% can buy candidates, but they can’t win elections by themselves.

    • Zhu Bajie

      The GOP has been expelling it’s center right types for a long time now.

  • Enfant Terrible

    This is Kristallnacht in slow motion.

    • DahBoner

      I’ve been saying 1929 was 1999.

      “The Great Forgetting”

  • Greg Fuderer

    Oh. Fuck lee Atwater

  • greyXstar

    Trump isn’t even the biggest problem. The real one is that the media has been covering him so much, that they’ve left Cruz alone. Cruz has said equally vile shit, and even worse, like how he wants to shut every part of the government except defense. He’s spoken at rallies advocating for Christian theocracy, and hasn’t been called on it. He welcomed endorsements from domestic right-wing terrorists, and largely got a pass. It makes it all the easier for him to shift to the center for the general, because the media sure as hell isn’t gonna remember stuff that they didn’t report on in the first place.

  • diogenez

    I’ve created a petition to denounce Mr. Trump. Please sign and share:
    https://www.change.org/p/us-voters-denounce-donald-trump

    • Count Awesome

      I signed your petition “because the rhetoric Trump uses is divisive, hateful, and marginalizes entire groups of people for his own ends”.

      • diogenez

        Thank you. I’m not convinced that petitions accomplish much, but I also felt the need to do *something*.

  • Peter4011

    I applaud Dok for using the entire unedited Atwater quote. We need to never forget what racist Ssholes these people are.

  • Takoma DC

    Doesn’t he ever want to fuck his hot immigrant wife? Or isn’t she American enough for him now?

    • Zhu Bajie

      He probably has a secret harem.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    Donald Trump: Daesh’s man of the year.

    • Querolous

      !0¡

  • Redgyal

    And what you sow you shall reap. Next topic.

  • Rasilom

    “We simply can’t believe a real American would stoop to anything the Pentagon has said would so stupidly help our worst enemies.”

    But but but, they always say shit like that. It’s almost like they can’t breath in without exhaling some toxic, racist, bullshit, knee jerk, dog whistle to their A Idiot base. I wish we couldn’t believe that they would say this vile crap, but I do believe that they can, have and will continue to do so. Remember it isn’t really about our country, our reputation or our long history, it is all about their bottom line and a lust for power.

  • Zhu Bajie

    You’re assuming that Trump is more subtle and willing to co-operate with others than he probably is. You are also assuming, mistakenly, that Da’Esh cares about US elections. Whoever is elected in the US will behave violently towards Arabs, and Da’Esh’s leaders know this.

  • Zhu Bajie

    A neo-nazi endorsement of Trump is not surprising. Trump and the Trumpies are the sorts of people who are attracted to fascist-type movements. They go together like flies and sh(t.

    • Takoma DC

      I’m fairly certain they endorsed him a few months ago before San Bernardino attack. For some strange reason it wasn’t reported by many news outlets.

  • tinker12

    Lee Atwater eventually realized he was an @zzhole — http://www.nytimes.com/1991/01/13/us/gravely-ill-atwater-offers-apology.html

    • Mehmeisterjr

      Too little, too late.

      • OneDemin EOr

        Took the words out of my mouth.

  • Paperless Tiger

    The business world is full of little Hitlers like Trump. They don’t know shit about democracy.

    • OneDemin EOr

      The vast majority of CEOs in our wonderful capitalist system have many sociopathic traits.
      Which explains Trump, of course.

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  • Antimassacree

    Their code name for The Donald:

    Vanilla ISIS

    • Me not sure

      ISIS, ISIS, baby!

      • Count Awesome

        Donald is going to be ‘Under Pressure’ soon.

  • Me not sure

    These have started showing up on bridge pilings around the city of my birth, Hot-lanta.

    • Mintie

      As if Trump would be so gauche as to tough a bill so small.

      • Me not sure

        He’s pretending to have yoooomility?

      • DahBoner

        I’m thinking he would wear a charm bracelet with billion dollar coins on it, though…

  • Scott1960

    Well sure, the Pentagon says this sort of talk would help ISIS, but were those LEFTIST Pentagonians???? HMMM???? HMMMMMM?????

  • OneDemin EOr

    Yes, Dok, you are right on target. If Dick Cheney is the Dark Lord Vader, Lee Atwater was certainly Emperor Palpatine. He begat Karl Rove, the personification of a fat Nazi from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”. Who has now begat Jabba the Trump (although Jabba is more attractive). And on and on.
    May you roast in Hell, Lee Atwater.

  • Me not sure

    … on the other hand maybe they’re working for him.

  • iamnotascientist

    I’m just saying…mere days after a couple of radicalized islamic – American terrorists kill a bunch of people we are talking more about how horrible it would be if we kicked out and banned all the muslims from America. Its fascinating. Trump changed the entire direction of the conversation. From “Hate The Muslims!!!” to “Well…We Shouldn’t Really Hate Hate Them…I Mean, That Would Be Anti-American, Disgusting And We Would Suck Really Bad If We Did What That Asshole Just Said We Should Do…” Its kind of beautiful in a way…

    No, he’s probably not a democratic plant. He probably is just a self-obsessed, misogynistic, disgusting pig of a blowhard. Sighhh…But it sure would be one HELL of a lot funner if he was a plant and a secret cabal of democratic schemers sat around, passing a joint, giggling and plotting what the next ridiculous bullshit offering would be from the red head.

    I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin…

  • Takoma DC

    Not sure if it’s just my imagination but I think MSNBCs’ Chris Hayes repeated Doktor Zoom’s article, if not point-by-point, just about – on this evening’s program.

  • Celtic_Gnome

    I read through all the comments, and Dok did not get one shout-out for Mosquechurian Candidate. Have we become that jaded?

    • BackDoorMan

      … I’m so jihaded, I’m three weeks behind in getting my fatwonk on…

    • Takoma DC

      I love it!

      No not jaded. Just busy & lazy.

      Happy New Year!

  • VandeGraf

    Donald Trump is working for Donald Trump. The rest is all just peripheral manipulation.

  • BeliTsari
  • Thaumaturgist

    It’s well-known in fly-over country that Donald Trump is working for Hillary. (She did attend his wedding.)

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