You really have to hand it to Donald Trump. Just when you think he can’t possibly get any more ignorant or racist, he manages to “trump” himself and show us just how deep the stupid hole can go. And yesterday, when Trump proposed that every Muslim in the United States be forced to enter into a “database,” he managed to set a whole new standard of hatred and bigotry.
You don’t need much of an imagination to draw the obvious parallels between Trump’s “database” plan and Jews being forced to register in Nazi Germany. The similarities are uncanny, really: through fear-mongering and hateful rhetoric, Trump is helping push Islamophobia to unprecedented new levels, with a tone and fervor not too different from that of Adolf Hitler’s verbal attacks on Jews in the 1930’s.
But one proud American Muslim is having none of that. Sergeant Tayyib Rashid of the United States Marine Corps ripped Trump’s Islamophobia and xenophobia in what is definitely one of the best social media takedowns of the year.
Sgt. Rashid shared an image of his military ID, along with the message “Hey @realDonaldTrump, I’m an American Muslim and I already carry a special ID badge. Where’s yours?”, pointing out the fact that Trump never served in the military, despite Trump claiming previously that his having attended a military boarding school counts as military service.
Of course, Trump didn’t actually propose forcing Muslims to carry ID badges, though there isn’t much of a line of distinction between that and what Trump actually proposed, which in the eyes of most sensible people is practically just as terrible. After all, Hitler started with the registration stuff first. The Star of David emblems came later.
For his efforts, Sgt. Rashid’s already been met with some pretty nasty bigotry on Twitter, with one ignorant user asking if he was related to the Fort Hood shooter, to which Rashid cleverly responded “Funny thing – I was going to ask if you were Timothy McVeigh’s cousin or sister. #Bigotry”
But as negative as some of Trump’s supporters have gotten, Sgt. Rashid has also taken in his fair share of compliments, with over 14k likes and 11k retweets as of the time this article is being written. Here’s hoping those positive messages continue to outweigh the bigoted ones.
Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign has been based almost purely on bigotry and fear from the very moment he announced his bid… a moment in which he referred to Mexicans as drug dealers and rapists. And you’d think a message like that, spewing like a squashed cannoli that someone had packed with pure hate, would fail to find a target audience in 2015. But Trump is running as a Republican, so I suppose none of us should be all that surprised.