Election 2016

Jane Fonda, Noam Chomsky and Harry Belafonte Jump Aboard the 'Stop Hate, Dump Trump' Campaign

Anti-Trump campaign aims to derail presidential bid built on racism and xenophobia.

A "Dump Trump" protest outside Trump Tower in NYC 12/20/2015.
Photo Credit: Alexandra Rosenmann

As Trump has dominated the Republican contest so far, Stop Hate Dump Trump, a coalition of union presidents, activists, actors, professors and others has emerged to fight his bigotry parade, and "to end hatred, fear mongering, bullying, racism in America." While other Republicans candidates have expressed similar intolerance, Donald Trump is one of the only people to come out and generate explicit racist stereotypes about immigrants and Muslims, and by the system of ratings has received more attention than any other candidate. Dump Trump seeks to raise awareness of his damage and reign in the fear mongering that appeals to so many Americans supporting him. 
 
Trump understands power and the aggressive use of power. He also understands tactics and independence. David Johnson of Campaign for America's Future believes that "if Trump gets the nomination, it will be the end of the Republican Party as we know it." What surprises him is that journalists aren't asking Trump the tough questions. "No one's asking about Donald's drug dealer helicopter pilot, about his dealings with the mob, about his failure to pay people for work that they've done or even his ground game during primaries."
 
Likewise, movement co-founder Kimberlé Crenshaw looks forward to seeing how the debate between the establishment and someone like Trump, with no prior experience in politics, plays out. To date, Harry Belafonte, Kerry Washington, Noam Chomsky, Alice Walker, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda have all joined the Stop Hate, Dump Trump campaign.
 
WATCH: Democracy Now! interview with Kimberlé Crenshaw below:

Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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