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Editorial: Trump has crossed the line into bigotry

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is continuing his campaign of hate, insults and belligerence. Yet in this abnormal campaign cycle, his poll results keep trending upward.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is continuing his campaign of hate, insults and belligerence. Yet in this abnormal campaign cycle, his poll results keep trending upward.

Trump’s latest hate proclamation was that all Muslim individuals, including those who hold American citizenship, should be banned from entering the United States until the country reviews its re-entry, immigration and visitation policies and procedures.

He has also called for national registry of all Muslims.

Trump’s proposals are simply bigoted, offensive, un-American and, finally, unconstitutional.

Frankly, Trump’s Muslim prohibition is encouraging the same type of hatred that members of ISIS preach and practice against non-Muslims.

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In addition, his Muslim proposals aid the enemy ISIS, by feeding fuel to its anti-Western propaganda message.

Should the United States have halted entry and immigration by all Christians and created a national registry of Christians when an American-born terrorist Timothy McVey bombed the Oklahoma federal building in 1995, killing 168 and wounding more than 600?

Jeb Bush’s Twitter response was to the point. He tweeted: “Donald Trump is unhinged. His ‘policy proposals are not serious.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., was correct when he said Trump’s proposal “is not conservatism. … (His proposal) ”is not what this (Republican) party stands for. And more importantly it is not what this country stands for.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ken., said such a Muslim ban proposed by Trump would be “completely inconsistent with American values.”

It is encouraging to see Republican leaders step up and call out Trump for his bigotry.

One U.S. Marine called Trump out last month with this tweet “Hey @realDonaldTrump, I’m an American Muslim and I already carry a special ID badge. Where’s yours? #SemperFi #USMC.” and then displayed his Armed Forces ID badge.

Candidate Trump is taking advantage of Americans’ fears of possible terrorist attacks. He is encourages fear, bigotry and xenophobia just to build his own campaign momentum.

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Trump’s indictment of Muslims en masse is racism in its simplest form. And it is feeding the anti-Muslim bigotry wave of Islamophobia that is creeping across our country.

World history is full of examples of politicians have whipping up fear and taking advantage of scary times to obtain power and then take over with dictatorial powers. Sometimes they even attempted to erase an entire race of mankind or sector of a population, something ISIS has practiced in Syria and Iraq towns.

Hopefully, Republicans will soon wake up to Trump’s bigoted message toward Latinos, Muslims and women, just to name a few of his recent targets. Trump’s hatred campaign may be fueling his popularity, but it is seriously degrading the image of the Republican Party and is harming America’s stature in the world.

America is better than that.

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