Democracy Gone Astray

Democracy, being a human construct, needs to be thought of as directionality rather than an object. As such, to understand it requires not so much a description of existing structures and/or other related phenomena but a declaration of intentionality.
This blog aims at creating labeled lists of published infringements of such intentionality, of points in time where democracy strays from its intended directionality. In addition to outright infringements, this blog also collects important contemporary information and/or discussions that impact our socio-political landscape.

All the posts here were published in the electronic media – main-stream as well as fringe, and maintain links to the original texts.

[NOTE: Due to changes I haven't caught on time in the blogging software, all of the 'Original Article' links were nullified between September 11, 2012 and December 11, 2012. My apologies.]

Friday, March 11, 2016

Donald Trump Bristles At The Idea He’s Inspired Kids To Act Racist

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump refused to take any blame for the behavior of children across the country who are using his anti-immigrant platform to taunt other kids.

Journalist Cokie Roberts raised the issue during an interview with Trump on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Wednesday, questioning him about incidents in which children reportedly told their classmates they'd be deported if the business mogul wins the presidency, and about white high school students who reportedly chanted "Build a wall!" to a rival, largely Latino high school.

"Are you proud of that?" she asked.

Trump rebuked Roberts for her question. "I think your question is a very nasty question, and I'm not proud of it because I didn't even hear of it, okay? And I certainly do not like it at all when I hear about it," he replied.

He immediately pivoted to his campaign motto, reminding the audience that his aim is to "make American great again" by revitalizing the U.S. job market.

Roberts pushed Trump to stay on topic. "When you talk about deporting people and you talk about building a wall and you talk about banning Muslims, doesn't that have an effect on children?"

Yet he continued to talk over her, specifying that it's "illegal immigrants" he wishes to deport. The border wall he's promised to build, Trump said, will have a "big, beautiful door, because we want people to come into our country."

"But what about the children, Mr. Trump?" Roberts pressed.

The business mogul didn't answer. He continued to highlight his campaign message before describing America as "troubled" because "we can't beat ISIS."

Trump has a history of shrugging off racist incidents. He missed several opportunities, for instance, to reject former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke's support for his candidacy. He has also told protesters, many of whom are minorities, to "get the hell out" of his rallies.

Original Article
Author: Willa Frej

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