On Saturday, Donald Trump appeared on SNL and we all had a good chuckle at his silly dancing and hair jokes. Not even a week later, however, he has managed to remind us just how dangerous he is as a candidate. We’re not laughing anymore.
On Wednesday, Trump made the unfortunate proclamation that, if elected president, he would develop a “humane deportation force” that would forcibly remove illegal immigrants from the country.
"You're going to have a deportation force, and you're going to do it humanely and you're going to bring the country — and, frankly, the people, because you have some excellent, wonderful people, some fantastic people that have been here for a long period of time," Trump said to MSNBC’s Mika Brezinski.
These “wonderful people” are the immigrants that Trump thinks have enough value and manners to be allowed the privilege of being re-admitted to the country once he has given them the booth with his private army.
There is always that moment in post-apocalyptic movies where they show the rise of the evil dictator who has turned the world into a smoldering police state.
A comment like this could easily be a clip in the “Trump’s Deadly Rise To Dictator” montage.
In stating this idea, Trump is making a downright dangerous proclamation. Where does this line of thinking end?
It would be far too easy for a government that allows a shadow police the ability to burst into private homes and arrest “illegals” to also begin forcing all citizens to present their birth certificate in the streets or else risk the wrath of Trump’s secret police.
I can see no reason why this “humane deportation force” would not devolve into the same witch hunting monstrosities that existed in Soviet-era Russia and Nazi Germany.
Will children be encouraged to turn in “illegal” parents? Will neighbors rat out neighbors? Will those who speak out against the deportation force suddenly find that they are suspected of immigrant activity and removed from the country themselves?
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Trump is not funny anymore. We need to take him seriously, and take seriously the task of ensuring that the only time he ever sets foot in the White House is when he is wearing a visitor’s badge.
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