If conservatives liked the way Donald Trump talked about illegal immigration, they should love the way he has addressed the Chattanooga terrorist attack that left four Marines dead. Think what you will about the real estate icon, he has the right idea when it comes to the problems that ail this nation. Can his rough-around-the-edges brand of common sense translate into presidential leadership? Impossible to say. But right here, right now, there’s no one else on the right spitting the kind of conservative wisdom that Trump so effortlessly employs.
Appearing on The O’Reilly Factor Thursday, Trump said it was outrageous that Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez was able to carry out his attack so easily. “They are just sitting there as targets,” Trump said of the Marines, all of whom were forbidden from carrying weapons. “It’s absolutely disgraceful.”
Trump didn’t stop there. He also slammed President Obama for failing to identify the murders as an act of Islamic terrorism. “If we’re going to fight elements that are causing tremendous problems, at least we have to start being not so politically correct,” he told O’Reilly. “It’s going to get worse in our country. We better start fighting tougher than we are fighting right now.”
No, but Mr. Trump, Mr. Trump! Don’t you know that we might hurt someone’s pwecious feewings if we call out Islamic terrorism for what it is? This guy was probably motivated by something else, right? Maybe he was pissed about Caitlyn Jenner winning that ESPN award. Maybe he was upset about the removal of the Confederate flag in South Carolina. I mean, can we ever really know?
Unless liberals can find a right-wing scapegoat at arm’s reach, they prefer to see each mass murderer as a separate entity. It’s the only time they break from the usual “category first, identity later” philosophy. When it’s one of their precious minorities doing the shooting, it’s just a lone crazy. When it’s a white man, it’s a symptom of American evil.
Donald Trump may not be making a lot of friends in his quest for the White House, but he is certainly making a lot of sense. It’s a sign of how twisted this country has become that his statements have made him a villain to the mainstream media. And it’s a sign of how anemic the Republican Party has become that his statements are seen as shocking at all. Maybe if more Republicans were willing to talk this way, we wouldn’t be in the shape we’re in now.