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If elected, "strongman" Trump would build border wall and create "deportation force"

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OKLAHOMA CITY – In the recent Washington Spectator article by Rick Perlstein, headlined “Donald Trump and the ‘F-Word’”(“F” standing for “fascism”), the writer notes that Donald Trump’s ex-wife, Ivana, once noted that “the Donald” (aka America’s Il Duce), kept a volume of Hitler’s collected speeches near his bed. The speeches noted the Fuhrer’s vision of human life as a pitiless war of all against all,” notes Perlstein.

Yet, when asked about whether that was true or not, in a 1990 interview with Vanity Fair, Trump responded: “If I had these speeches, and I am not saying that I do, I would never read them.”

Like Hitler, Mussolini and Franco, the demagogic Trump has the dictatorial “strongman” mentality. He is obsessed with the military and state power. He seems eager to push some other countries around if elected. And so it makes sense that he would consider Chris Christie, an unapologetic advocate of the police state, as a potential running mate.

During Tuesday night’s GOP presidential debate, two of Trump’s competitors – Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush – made it clear that as chief executives in their respective states that they have the right solutions to deal with the immigration issue.

Kasich, clearly concerned about the cruel Trumpism and its heartless ideology regarding human beings and rounding up 11 million people, said: “Think about the families; think about the children. Come on, folks, we know you can’t pick them up and ship them across the border. It’s a silly argument. It’s not an adult argument. It makes no sense.”

Kasich, and to a lesser degree Bush, sounded sane amidst a panel of some seriously sociopathic individuals. And yet conservatives, evangelicals and “bum blockade”-styled Republicans rained blows upon Kasich’s head, in particular, as Politico noted today.

The right-wing reactionary press – like Charles Hurt over at the Moonie rag The Washington Times – suggested that Bush and Kasich should both be deported to Mexico and that having humanitarian concerns about people coming to the U.S. seeking a new life is somehow “reckless” and that it is part of a “lawless plot to eviscerate American sovereignty.” 

And with Trump bellowing now – as he did today on Morning Joe – that he will have an anti-migrant “deportation force” (no doubt Trump was taking lots of notes back when he had his nose in those Hitler books Ivana mentioned) he continues to go on and on about his much-touted border wall idea.

“It’s going to be a Trump wall,” the bigoted billionaire with a fourth-grade vocabulary told Morning Joe. “It’s going to be a real wall. It’s going to stop people and it’s going to be good.”

With each passing day, sane people think that Trump will “cross the line” and sink his chances of ever possibly being elected. And yet, for months now, Trump has been at the top of the field, much to everyone’s astonishment.

And that would include syndicated political columnist Michael Gerson, who nailed it this morning in his column “GOP voters’ love of the unserious.” Supporters of the GOP, in 2015, are responding glowingly to Trumpism because the man can't be shamed, no matter how low he sinks.

Right now, on the right, we have a wicked mixture of lumpenproletariat anger and confusion, Tea Party-fueled vitriol and latter-day know-nothingism. All of it was on display at last night's debate and out in the audience. Any notion of "compassionate conservatism," touted by George W. Bush 15 years ago, was drowned in the GOP bathtub and unceremoniously buried in the backyard some years back. Don't believe me? Ask Dubya's floundering brother.

Writes Gerson: "Think for a moment. What would it even mean for Trump to inflate his resume when his whole campaign is a hyperbolic inflation of his resume? How do you accuse Trump of mishandling his checkbook when he brags of bilking hapless investors through the bankruptcy laws, or makes money through gaming businesses that prey on gambling addicts and low-income people? How do you hold Trump to performance standards when part of his appeal as an outsider is a blustering, appalling ignorance of policy?"

Those questions just don't really matter to the ill-informed folks who are prone to hysterics and fearmongering. Let Trump do it, they think. And if elected, Trump will do it. I shudder to think what that might be.

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