Donald Trump is a dangerous man. His xenophobic rhetoric in regards to Muslims and Hispanics has proven appealing to a sizeable share of the U.S. population.
If elected President, Trump plans to build a wall along the border of the U.S. and Mexico to stop Hispanic illegal immigrants and “criminals who crossed our border illegally only to go on to commit horrific crimes against Americans”. This plan ignores the impracticality of constructing a barrier along the U.S./Mexico border while also playing to the mistaken perception held by many Americans that all illegal Hispanic immigrants are taking “American” jobs and committing crimes, while not beneficially contributing to the U.S. economy or society in general.
Trump’s call for a total ban on Muslims entering the U.S. until the U.S. government can guarantee that there is no affiliation between a foreign terrorist group such as ISIS and a Muslim seeking entry to the U.S., ignores the fact that there are millions of U.S. citizens living in the U.S. that are Muslim.
Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric is fueling the already simmering anti-Muslim sentiment held by a portion of the U.S. population that is reacting more out of emotion than logic to a perceived Muslim threat.
As a public figure, especially one running for the office of President of the U.S., Trump should have the sensibility to not exploit the fears and prejudices of the fringes of society in order to maintain poll rankings and to garner votes – unless that is his strategy.
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