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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

 
Trumpification and terrorism

by digby

Ted Cruz is literally saying it's time to stop being progressive and enlightened:

We Can No Longer Surrender to the Enemy Through Political Correctness 
Today radical Islamic terrorists targeted the men and women of Brussels as they went to work on a spring morning. In a series of co-ordinated attacks they murdered and maimed dozens of innocent commuters at subway stations and travelers at the airport. 
For the terrorists, the identities of the victims were irrelevant. They –we—are all part of an intolerable culture that they have vowed to destroy. 
For years, the west has tried to deny this enemy exists out of a combination of political correctness and fear. We can no longer afford either. 
Our European allies are now seeing what comes of a toxic mix of migrants who have been infiltrated by terrorists and isolated, radical Muslim neighborhoods. 
We will do what we can to help them fight this scourge, and redouble our efforts to make sure it does not happen here. 
We need to immediately halt the flow of refugees from countries with a significant al Qaida or ISIS presence. 
We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized. 
We need to secure the southern border to prevent terrorist infiltration. 
And we need to execute a coherent campaign to utterly destroy ISIS. 
The days of the United States voluntarily surrendering to the enemy to show how progressive and enlightened we can be are at an end. Our country is at stake.
He can try to out-Trump Trump but it won't work.  TV networks immediately called him to get he juicy comments and Trump he immediately started talking about torture.

He also boldly exploited the event for his own purposes:




Beat that, Ted.

You might want to save that tweet in a folder for the next time some wingnut accuses you of "politicizing" something.  It doesn't get anymore nakedly political than that. Sadly, there are plenty of people who will vote for him because they are afraid and for primitive reasons that make sense will think they'll be safer if a puerile megalomaniac is in charge.

Trump on "these people":



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