Solomon Jones on the two Americas: His and Donald Trump’s
Written by Solomon Jones on November 24, 2015
I don’t want my children to grow up in Donald Trump’s America.
Trump, you see, envisions a country that is defined by insult and derision, by hateful rhetoric and by the steadfast belief that only those who agree with him have the right to express their opinions.
Trump surprisingly has been successful with that strategy, but it’s not Trump who worries me. It’s his fans.
Because when Trump says that Mexican immigrants are killers and rapists, or insults Sen. John McCain’s service to this country, or insinuates that Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly’s job performance is tied to her menstrual cycle, some of Trump’s followers can’t separate rhetoric from reality.
How else to explain their senseless attack on a Black Lives Matter protester who came to one of Trump’s rallies to exercise the very American rights that Trump claims he wants to protect?
The incident – just the latest in a campaign I’m convinced will be repackaged and sold as a reality-show-style documentary – occurred during a Trump campaign rally in Birmingham, Ala.
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