The thing that got my goat, when people started shrieking and howling over the latest thing Trump said, was the sheer hypocrisy of it all.
When Donald Trump called for a sweeping ban on Muslims entering the US he received an avalanche of criticism:
Mia Farrow, actress: “Yes of course. Trump is a fascist”
Stephen King, author: “That anyone in America would even CONSIDER voting for this rabid coyote leaves me speechless”
J.K. Rowling, author: “Voldemort was nowhere near as bad”
Boris Johnson, London Mayor: “The only reason I wouldn’t go to some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump”
Piers Morgan, journalist: “Donald, you’re wrong. Your demand is so completely, utterly and dangerously wrong that I can’t sit back and say nothing”
Jeremy Corbyn, Labour leader: “Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering the US is an attack on democratic values and affront to common humanity”
Zac Goldsmith, Conservative politician: ‘Donald Trump is an appalling creature and I just pray that when America gets off this funfair ride that they’re on at the moment, they recognise that Donald Trump is one of the most malignant figures in modern politics”
Jeb Bush, US politician: “Donald Trump is unhinged”
Lindsey Graham, US politician: “You know how you make America great again? Tell Donald Trump to go to hell”
Jack Dromey, shadow home office minister: “I do not believe that a man who stirs up religious and racial hatred at a time when our country is under threat of terrorist attack should be allowed within 1,000 miles of our shores”
The hypocrisy? The hypocrisy is that, while calling for freedom of movement and tolerance for Muslims, most likely all these people are busy practising the most complete intolerance towards smokers, as they systematically strip them of the freedom to smoke anywhere.
For example, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has no compunction in saying “Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering the US is an attack on democratic values and affront to common humanity”, while he himself voted (in disregard of his own party’s manifesto) to ban smoking in public places, “exile smokers to the outdoors”, and effectively expel them from society. What hypocrisy. What inhumanity.
Jeremy Corbyn sees Muslims as sharing our “common humanity”, but not smokers.
And that’s why I have no time whatsoever for him or any of his fellow hypocrites.
And it’s not a trivial matter that Trump is addressing. What’s at stake in all this is nothing less than the continuing existence of sovereign nation states.
“You have to do something to secure the border,” Trump said. “We don’t have a country without a border. Without a border, we just don’t have a country.”
The same applies in Europe and everywhere else. If you want “the free movement of peoples across the EU”, you want the liquidation of every single sovereign state in Europe. You want no more Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, etc, etc. And you also won’t be wanting the languages and cultures that have grown up in these sovereign states over hundreds (and even thousands) of years either.
Donald Trump is quite right to want to secure America’s borders. Any American patriot would have the same goal. And any English patriot. And any French patriot. And so on.
In what sense is it any different to wish to secure the borders of a country than it is to wish to secure one’s own house and home from intruders? If you will not defend your own country, you will not defend your own home either. You will in effect be abolishing the ownership of all property, and bring everything into common or public ownership. You wouldn’t be able to own a house, or a car, or even a pair of shoes.
I don’t know whether Trump’s proposal to stop all Muslim immigration is practicable. But something has to be done. No wonder Trump’s numbers are up again.
And after Trump’s Muslim comments, he is up eight points in South Carolina. I’m telling you, folks, they are just speechless and stunned no matter where you look inside the Washington establishment. The Republican Party, Democrat Party, media, think tanks, you name it. They can’t believe this. And I said yesterday, I have never seen the disconnect like it is today. I’ve never seen the people that run this country, the leaders of our country in Washington — I have never seen in my lifetime, and even in the recent history prior to my birth.
The disconnect is just as great in the UK. And I dare say right the way across Europe too.