#StopHateDumpTrump Launches Pushback Against Trump's Toxic Campaign
It started out as a joke. A farce, really. Like reality television, we all knew it wasn't really real, but more like an overly dramatized interpretation of reality that the casually political were watching play out in primetime. I am as guilty as anyone. I thought Trump's candidacy couldn't possibly be real. I try to believe in the best in people and humanity, and I thought for sure the Republican Party wasn't completely overrun with the Tea Party, that old Chamber of Commerce types had the money and so controlled the direction of their party. But that was the rub; Trump never needed to kiss the ring of big donors.
As Trump's polling numbers began to climb, politicos expected he would try to appear more mainstream to win over more voters, but instead he doubled down. His brand of hate and anger got worse. One could say that the train has now left the station, but it's more like it's left the asylum, and every misguided person who is searching desperately for someone to blame for their lot in life is on board the Trump Express.
Wednesday, a coalition of advocates, academics, faith leaders and artists launched a new campaign to highlight the venom-fueled rhetoric of Donald Trump and get people to sign on to a commitment that they will speak out against it. #StopHateDumpTrump will build a coalition of Americans who believe in the diversity of a great nation and don't want our country to become the land of Trump's racism, bigotry and chauvinism.
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“Trump is a frontrunner candidate who promises to build a wall on our borders, humiliates and denigrates Muslims, women, immigrants, racial minorities as part of his stump speech, allows protesters to be beaten at his rallies, and in fact, encourages hostility toward anyone who disagrees with him,” the activist and playwright Eve Ensler wrote on StopHateDumpTrump.com.
“We are offering Americans a chance to be heard and engage in action, as Trump’s campaign gains momentum even as he increases his hateful and divisive rhetoric,” Ensler continued. “We also intend to put the media and political institutions on notice that they are accountable for normalizing Trump’s extremism by treating it as entertainment, by giving it inordinate and unequal air time and by refusing to investigate, interrogate or condemn it appropriately."
Trump's history of hate goes way back. His choice to attack Rosie O'Donnell on her appearance rather than discuss the issues was just the beginning. Like a schoolyard bully, he opts for insults instead of understanding. "If I were running ‘The View,’ I’d fire Rosie," Trump said. "I mean, I’d look her right in that fat, ugly face of hers, I’d say, ‘Rosie, you’re fired.’"
When it comes to people of color, his insults are even more obscene. Who could forget his insulting announcement speech attacking Latinos and immigrants? His fans even beat a homeless Latino man in Boston. African Americans aren't safe from Trump's hostility either. He once tweeted false information he got from Bill O'Riley, that, "80 percent of all the shootings in New York City are blacks — if you add Hispanics, that figure goes to 98 percent, 1 percent white." There's also his bizarre assertion that "laziness is a trait in blacks."
Psychologists call Trump a textbook case of a narcissistic personality disorder. "He’s so classic that I’m archiving video clips of him to use in workshops," clinical psychologist George Simon told Vanity Fair. What does that say for the people who are inspired by his hate?
“We hope that the diverse and passionate group of individuals that immediately agreed to sign on to this campaign will inspire a collective awakening amongst Americans to speak out, create and join initiatives that bring attention to the many who reject Trump’s vision for the country,” said KimberlÃ© Crenshaw, law professor at Columbia and UCLA, who spearheaded Say Her Name, a campaign to draw attention to black women killed or sexually assaulted by the police.
“In a true democracy, there has to be a line between deliberative debate and mob rule," Crenshaw said. "Trump has crossed the line and much of the media media has exacerbated the problem by treating his remarks as entertainment, effectively encouraging his competition to do the same. We have already seen the hateful and exclusionary rhetoric taking place at his rallies, where opponents have been beaten, threatened and ejected. This is not a made-for-TV movie. This is real. If we don’t want this country to take another step down that road, then we all need to speak up."
"Our democracy cannot be left in the hands of those who would rather watch or participate in a train wreck than stop it,” concluded Crenshaw.