This post originally appeared on AddictingInfo.org.
Hillary Clinton has written an open letter to Donald Trump responding to his hateful plan to ban Muslims from entering the United States.
Trump’s policy proposal was greeted with jeers from across America, and even was slammed by some Republicans with the claim that it represents a fascist world view.
In her letter to Trump posted on Medium, Clinton is blunt about the harm in Trump’s half-baked plot:
Donald Trump has made a name for himself in this election by trafficking in prejudice and paranoia. Now he says he wants to stop all Muslims from entering the United States. It’s a shameful idea. It’s also dangerous. At a time when America should be doing everything we can to fight radical jihadists, Mr. Trump is supplying them with new propaganda. He’s playing right into their hands.
But instead of just speaking about what Trump said, Clinton also notes that his fellow Republicans have been engaged in hateful speech about Muslims as well.
Ben Carson says that a Muslim shouldn’t be President. Marco Rubio compares Muslims to members of the Nazi Party and refuses to rule out monitoring and closing of mosques. Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz have suggested that we implement a religious test for Syrian refugees — one that only Christians would pass. Chris Christie says not even 3-year-old Syrian orphans should be let in. And they insist on using the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” — in fact, they criticize anyone who says anything else — even though it drives the exact narrative the jihadists want to advance: that we’re at war with an entire religion.
The media has been quick to accept Republicans criticizing Trump, but they are speaking out of both sides of their mouths, as Clinton writes:
When you take a step back and see what the Republican field as a whole says about Muslims — not just one or two candidates for president, but nearly all of them — it’s hard to take seriously their attempts to distance themselves from Mr. Trump. He’s just articulating the logical conclusion of what the rest of them have been saying.
The right has been mainstreaming Trump’s brand of hate for a long time, slowly ratcheting up the rhetoric and pointing the finger at yet another minority group as the one to blame. The right tried to do to blacks, gays, Latinos and others what they are now doing to Muslims, and then when Trump attracts the spotlight for executing the strategy they built, they try to run away like cockroaches.
Not so fast.
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