“Like many Jewish journalists who reported on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, I spent the 2016 election being harassed by a motley crew of internet racists who coalesced around the future president. They sent me threats, photoshopped me into gas chambers and hurled an uncreative array of anti-Semitic slurs my way.”
Act 1. Obama's 2012 "red line" blunder sent a clear message that Assad/Putin can do whatever they please in Syria and the US won't do anything about it.
Act 2. Trump's bizarre infatuation with Putin plus it's non-interventionist rhetoric sends an even clearer message that Assad/Putin can do whatever they please in Syria and the US won't do anything about it.
The undercurrent of racism and xenophobia in Trump's campaign is to me its scariest aspect. And the worst part of his electoral victory is that those who are racist and xenophobic now feel vindicated and emboldened to do so publicly.
I'm not claiming that "if you voted for Trump then you are racist". But I do think that those who voted for Trump need to acknowledge that this problem exists and that they chose to put it low enough in their list of priorities that it wasn't enough to deter them from voting from Trump.
Prediction: We already saw an uptick in hate crimes this past year. It will be worse this coming year.
Re: Elections tomorrow, in case you have not voted early.
This is not about some of the most commonly discussed issues disqualifying Trump to be president (i.e. racism, sexism, demagoguery, etc.).
This is about Trump's stance on nuclear weapons and NATO. I don't think Trump being president means nuclear war. But I do believe that his stance of these issues are yet another example of how incredibly, deeply unprepared he is to be president of the United States.
Major candidate to US presidency tweets an image with stereotypical antisemitic imagery and ...
a) Does it knowingly.
b) Is so ignorant that does not realize why it's bad.
c) Does not lose any votes over it.