Donald Trump says we’re all too politically correct. But is that also a way to …

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100,000 sign petition to ban Donald Trump from Britain after Muslim comments.

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. Donald Trump’s suggested ban on all Muslims entering the US would cost the country as much as $18.4billion (£12.2billion) in tourism spend, new research has shown. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump points to a supporter at a Pearl Harbor Day rally aboard the USS Yorktown Memorial in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, December 7, 2015. © Randall Hill / Reuters More than 100,000 Britons have signed a petition calling for US Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump to be banned from the UK. If your sole source of information were Donald Trump, you’d think the answer was not much – apart from murdering its citizens and trying to destroy its values.

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. Trump’s remarks were made in the wake of a mass shooting at a Californian care home, carried out by two Muslims who the FBI say had been radicalized. “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,” he said. If only, you might well think, Scotland had had the same thought about Trump before he was allowed in to blight Aberdeenshire with another of his golf resorts.

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. What Trump doesn’t seem to grasp is his country’s history, and how many American achievements worth celebrating are the work of the kind of people – Muslims – he wants to keep out. 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. Roosevelt, who imprisoned over 110,000 people in government camps after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. “If the United Kingdom is to continue applying the ‘unacceptable behavior’ criteria to those who wish to enter its borders, it must be fairly applied to the rich as well as poor, and the weak as well as powerful.” Prime Minister David Cameron criticized the remarks, saying it was “wrong” to question the ability of London’s police.

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. Cameron called Trump’s proposed Muslim ban “divisive.” Mayor of London Boris Johnson said the Republican frontrunner’s comments were “ill-informed” and “complete and utter nonsense.” He said the remarks were an insult to “London’s proud history of tolerance and diversity.” “We would not normally dignify such comments with a response, however on this occasion we think it’s important to state to Londoners that Mr Trump could not be more wrong.” 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.

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. Among those who served under the command of chief of the continental army, General George Washington, in the war against British colonialism were Bampett Muhammad, who fought for the Virginia Line between the years 1775 and 1783, and Yusuf Ben Ali, who was a North African Arab. Some have claimed that Peter Buckminster, who fired the gun that killed British Major General John Pitcairn at the battle of Bunker Hill and later went on to serve in the Battle of Saratoga and the battle of Stony Point, was a Muslim American. 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.

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. By giving these Muslims the honour of serving America, Washington made it clear that a person did not have to be of a certain religion or have a particular ethnic background to be an American patriot. 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. 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.

That system consisted of, as he once described it, “three, four or possibly more frames, braced frames, or shear walls, joined at or near their edges to form a vertical tube-like structural system capable of resisting lateral forces in any direction by cantilevering from the foundation”. The result was a new generation of skyscrapers that reduced the amount of steel necessary in construction and changed the look of American cityscapes. 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. Islamist terrorists may have blown up the World Trade Center, but without Khan’s innovation of the framed tube structure, the twin towers probably wouldn’t have been constructed in the first place.

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. Nor would the John Hancock tower, with its distinctive exterior X-bracing (devised by Khan), or the Sears tower (also made possible by Khan’s variant on the tube structure concept, the system was the so-called “bundled tube”), both in Chicago.

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.

Among other buildings on which Khan served as structural engineer is the US Bank Centre in Milwaukee and the Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis. 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.

If it weren’t for this Muslim, arguably, the US air force wouldn’t be quite as good at its work that, as we know, sometimes involves bombing other countries, some of them populated chiefly by Muslims. Hosts Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Brian Killmeade on Fox and Friends concluded that it was President Obama’s lame leadership that had forced Trump to take protecting the country to an extreme.

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. In 1963, the Pakistani-born Muslim neurosurgeon invented an intraventricular catheter system that can be used for the aspiration of cerebrospinal fluid or the delivery of drugs. He also developed the first coma score for classification of traumatic brain injury and developed, too, the US’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, which, as part of its mission, focuses on traumatic brain injury. In 2012, five Republican Congress members wrote to the state department inspector general and claimed that she had “immediate family connections to foreign extremist organisations”. The range of Muslim rappers spans the obvious – Yasiin Bey (the Artist Formerly Known As Mos Def) – and the superficially unlikely – T-Pain, taking in such luminaries as Nas, Andre 3000, Lupe Fiasco, Ice Cube and Busta Rhymes.

The expression of Muslim belief through hip-hop has frequently been mediated through fringe groups such as the Nation of Islam and the Five-Percent Nation, and the language they use has bled into the rap argot. As one half of Eric B & Rakim, the man known to his mum as William Griffin – but to fans as Rakim Allah – dropped frequent allusions to Muslim religion and culture into songs that quickly propelled him to the top of the MC list. His unique flow and gravitas helped to usher in the brilliant “Afrocentric” era of hip-hop in the late 1980s and allowed more Muslims to profess their faith on record. There’s an often jarring disconnect between songs about dealing dope and love of Allah on releases by such influential artists as Scarface and the Jacka, and modern mainstream hip-hop is markedly less vocal about Islam.

Obama was making a point after the San Bernadino shootings. “Muslim Americans are our friends and our neighbours, our co-workers, our sports heroes. Farah Pandith worked in the George W Bush administration at the National Security Council as a director for Middle East Initiatives and then in the department of state as adviser on Muslim engagement in Europe. She says Islamic State is exploiting a crisis of identity for young Muslims. “Muslim millennials are growing up in a post-9/11 world and are asking questions about culture versus religion, being modern and Muslim.

The people who are answering their identity crisis questions are not parents or family or community voices that in the past may have helped young people navigate their identity. He joined Obama’s presidential council of advisers on science and technology (PCAST), an advisory group of the nation’s leading scientists and engineers to advise the president and vice-president and formulate policy in the areas of science, technology and innovation, in 2011. When he joined PCAST, the White House hailed this Muslim Egyptian-American as one who is “widely respected not only for his science but also for his efforts in the Middle East as a voice of reason”. When Rupert Murdoch tweeted in January: “Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognise and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible”, Aziz Ansari counter-tweeted: “Rups can we get a step-by-step guide?

And then there’s Dave Chappelle, who came to our attention as Ahchoo in Mel Brooks’s 1993 film Robin Hood: Men in Tights and is now a leading American stand-up. Why? “I don’t normally talk about my religion publicly because I don’t want people to associate me and my flaws with this beautiful thing,” he told Time magazine in 2005. “And I believe it is beautiful if you learn it the right way.” – © Guardian News & Media 2015

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