Donald Trump counters condemnation with a warning

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Ban on Donald Trump entering Britain to be debated in Parliament after 100,000 people sign petition against ‘hate speech’.

Another U.S. newspaper is trying to vividly slam Donald Trump over his recent suggestion to keep all Muslims out of the U.S. as a means of blocking terror attempts.Donald Trump’s excuse for his latest offensive idea, to ban all Muslims from the country, is the same one he used when he insulted Mexican immigrants, women, and prisoners of war: People are just being too “politically correct.” “I wrote something today that I think is very, very salient, very important and probably not politically correct, but I don’t care,” he told supporters at his rally in South Carolina on Monday night after releasing a policy statement about barring an entire religious group.

A planned visit to Israel by Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump drew a welter of criticism from across the Israeli political spectrum on Wednesday over his call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States.More than 100,000 people have signed petition to ban Donald Trump from Britain for ‘hate speech’, which means the idea could now be debated in Parliament. Here’s the front page of Wednesday’s issue of the New York Daily News, which is taken over by a political cartoon showing the GOP presidential hopeful grasping the head of the Statue of Liberty, with the rest of the statue lying prone.

The Republican frontrunner also demanded ‘a total and complete shutdown’ of Muslim immigration into America, which David Cameron said was ‘divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong’. The image echoes images of jihadist fighters and their headless victims, while the headline is inspired by the famous poem written by German Pastor Martin Niemöller, an outspoken foe of the Nazis, about how intellectuals in his country allowed the party led by Adolf Hitler to purge their targets, one by one. So while Trump is asserting his right to free speech, he is at the same time calling into question the listener’s right to complain about what he’s saying. “It’s a verbal jiu-jitsu,” said Derald Sue, a psychology professor at Columbia University. “When you say, ‘I have no time to be politically correct’ what you are doing is turning the tables on the person raising a legitimate issue.

The prime minister’s bureau said on Wednesday that the meeting has been scheduled a couple of weeks ago, before Trump made his controversial comments. Mr Trump has been condemned on both sides of the Atlantic for his ‘obnoxious, repellent and dangerous’ outbursts which led British politicians to describe him as a ‘hate preacher’. But as I watched Trump propose a plan to halt the entry of all Muslims into the country and receive hearty cheers of approval from a campaign crowd, it no longer seemed especially amusing. Playing to U.S. fears about radical Islam after the California gun rampage, Trump has shrugged off domestic and international outrage at his comments. It became mainstream in the U.S. in the 1990s with the rise of backlash against identity politics, but there were earlier references to it in the 1970s around the feminist movement, though the usage then was more sarcastic.

Get in line: Several U.S. mayors don’t want him setting foot in their turf; Taiwanese animators are poking fun, and now more than 100,000 Brits are looking to ban him. William Safire, in a 1991 New York Times column, deconstructed the term: “The phrase began as an assertion by liberal (progressive, concerned) activists and then was turned into an attack phrase by conservative (right-wing, heartless) passivists.” That same year, President George H.W. He added: ‘Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life. All of this plus reports his Republican brethren are starting to split over his views doesn’t seem to faze him in the least: Trump rejected claims that he is a bigot in an interview with Barbara Walters on Tuesday, adding that he has Muslim friends who agree with him: ”I’m a person that has common sense.“ Bush, in his commencement speech at the University of Michigan, used the term to describe an assault on free speech. “The notion of political correctness has ignited controversy across the land,” he said. “And although the movement arises from the laudable desire to sweep away the debris of racism and sexism and hatred, it replaces old prejudice with new ones.

Mr Trump also tried to use the terror attacks in Paris to bolster his argument and said: ‘Look at what happened in Paris, the horrible carnage, and frankly, if you look at Paris, and I hate to do this because the Chamber of Commerce is going to go crazy, but Paris is no longer the same city it was. It declares certain topics off-limits, certain expressions off-limits, even certain gestures off-limits.” That sentiment has been festering within the political right for almost three decades.

Max Boot, a right-leaning fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations went on Twitter to say that “ Trump is a fascist.” Jeb Bush’s national security advisor, John Noonan, chimed in and characterized Trump’s ideas as fascism. “Nothing else to call it,” he tweeted. The letter, drafted by MK Michal Rozin, was primarily signed by opposition lawmakers from Meretz, Zionist Union, Joint List and Yesh Atid – as well as two coalition MKs – Yakov Margi of Shas and Roy Folkman of Kulanu. “While leaders around the world condemn the Republican presidential candidate’s racist and outrageous remarks, Netanyahu is warmly embracing him,” Rozin said. “Their meeting in the end of the month backs up [Trump’s] racist statements, thus disgracing Israel’s democratic character and hurting its Muslim citizens.” Earlier, MK Ahmad Tibi (Joint List), who is among the signatories on the letter, said he had asked for the “neo-Nazi” not to be admitted to the Knesset. That call was echoed by MK Omer Bar-Lev the Zionist Union, who on Twitter deemed the real-estate billionaire turned Republican candidate a “racist.” The censure was joined by Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party. Even some conservatives who disagree with the substance of Trump’s speech, will evoke the famous quote from a biography of Voltaire, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Others find refreshing his ability to speak freely without consequence. Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, a senior Likud lawmaker and Netanyahu confidant, described Trump’s rhetoric on Muslims as harmful from an “I recommend fighting terrorist and extremist Islam, but I would not declare a boycott of, ostracism against or war on Muslims in general,” Steinitz told Israel’s Army Radio. “We in the state of Israel have many Muslim citizens who are loyal,” he said. “On the contrary, the extremists and the terrorists should be distinguished from the loyal citizens, and in the United States, too, there are loyal Muslim citizens.” “He is a demagogue.

And we as Jews, and also as Israelis, know what a demogogue is, historically,” Zell told Army Radio in a separate interview, saying he was voicing his own opinion rather than a “The Republican party has a long list of candidates worthy of the presidency, and we have to change the leadership in the White House, which has caused a lot of damage, but Donald Trump is not the answer,” Zell said. It tells the offended person or group that they have no right to express their feelings, shutting down any further discussion and putting them immediately on the defensive. “I think with political correctness, in the world of Donald Trump it’s used to bully people out,” said Peter Smagorinsky, University of Georgia linguist professor. Labour’s shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn said he was ‘was appalled by his comments which have caused deep offence and sought to divide communities for political gain when we should be bringing people together’. And, while the anti-political correctness rhetoric is nothing new in GOP politics, Trump’s cavalier attitude toward blatantly hateful speech has intensified it. “So many “politically correct” fools in our country. It’s only way 2 defeat political correctness.” And another in July who wrote, “Glad U R Man Enough 2 Speak the Truth in this Pathetic Politically Correct World.” Matthew Woessner, a political science professor at Penn State University, Harrisburg, is among those who believe that people, especially on college campuses, have taken concerns over offensive language to an extreme.

Carly Fiorina attacked both Mr Trump and President Obama in her response, saying; ‘Trump’s overreaction is as dangerous as President Obama’s under-reaction.’ ‘Everyone visiting our country should register and be monitored during their stay as is done in many countries. Woessner said all too often people on the left will label someone a racist or sexist who makes “a nuanced and respectable policy argument.” But he said on the right people are too quick to label criticisms as political correctness. “We have to get away from labeling the opposition and get to the substance,” he said. “[Trump] is damaging our political discourse, rather than defending on merits, he thinks [attacking political correctness] will give him a free pass. But the idea that we’d turn away refugees because of religion is a new low.’ ‘Just put out a very important policy statement on the extraordinary influx of hatred & danger coming into our country. It described the word as a “microaggression” because it’s dismissive of people’s feelings about what they find insulting or degrading. “There should be nothing politically correct, there is no correctness,” he said. “Using that as a criticism (Trump) is tapping into our cultural history.” Takooshian noted that one of the earliest uses of the term “politically correct” was in Communism and referred to the “correct” party positions.

Still, his appeals to hypernationalism, his scapegoating of ethnic groups, his fear-driven appeals to disgruntled working-class voters and his presentation of himself as the strong man who can fix every problem through the force of his will all have echoes of fascist political leaders of the past. And he has clearly learned that many people will accept a leader’s Big Lie — or at least his constant fibs and fantasies — as long as he never backs down and is able to counterattack against the liberal news media or “weak” rivals who are part of a corrupt party establishment. When asked to articulate who would be included in this plan – Muslim immigrants or American Muslims who are currently abroad – Trump spokesman Hope Hicks told The Hill: ‘Mr. Some observers — the ones who have been mistakenly predicting Trump’s political demise for six months — are saying he may have finally gone too far. One — the usually insightful Rachel Maddow on MSNBC — weirdly speculated that Trump may be intentionally trying to run his own campaign off a cliff before inevitable failure in the primaries proves too great a blow for his massive ego.

On her own Fox show, Megyn Kelly — who has no great love of Trump after the insulting comments he directed at her during and after the first Republican debate last summer — spent more time excoriating the mainstream media for giving Trump hours and hours of free air time than she did criticizing Trump himself. While MPs responded by calling for Trump, whose mother was Scottish, to be banned from entering the UK, the wider public decided to jokingly warn him about what life is like here in radical Britain. My prediction (in this year when all predictions are a fool’s game) is that Trump will not be hurt and might actually gain if he becomes a target at next week’s GOP debate in Las Vegas. Some claimed Big Ben is now a minaret, Buckingham Palace is a mosque, the Queen must wear a hijab and people must ride camels ‘in the Islamic State of of London Trump warned us about’.

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