Bill Maher took on the uncritical media and their coverage of Donald Trump’s unbridled hate speech toward immigrants in this country, after shaming Republicans for not standing up against it.
Dana Rohrabacher (R-Stupid), defended Trump’s xenophobia by claiming he’s defending middle class Americans who are adversely affected by illegal immigration. That is utter bullshit. Middle class people benefit from immigrants who aren’t afraid to do the jobs they don’t want to do.
Michael Weiss nailed it when he said Trump is “a European-style demagogic politician in the American context.” That’s exactly right, and I’d go one step farther and agree with this article calling Trump a “proto-fascist.”
With that said, Maher takes on the whole thing, taking on the media monster that surrounds Trump, mocking them for claiming they have to cover him because he’s at the top of the polls.
The first half of the definition fits the Trump movement pretty well. His slogan “Make America Great Again” isn’t too far from the average political bromide, but its intention is much different than, say, Reagan’s “Morning in America.” Reagan did deal in his fair share of veiled race-baiting, but Trump straight-up rants about how non-white foreigners are ruining the country. From claiming unauthorized Mexican immigrants are drug dealers and “rapists,” to saying he wants to deport 11 million people, to arguing that China is “killing us” on trade, Trump’s political message is uncut xenophobia if not outright racism — all of which is coupled with how he, as a very masculine tough guy who will never back down, is going to fix everything.