The Obama Administration is fed up with Donald Trump‘s bigotry and Islamophobia and after the real estate mogul turned demagogue said that Muslims should be banned from entering the United States, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that Trump’s comments “disqualify” him from the presidential election because the Commander-in-Chief must “preserve, protect and defend the U.S. Constitution.”
Something “The Donald” is clearly not ready, willing or able to do.
Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook added that, as the U.S. tries to strengthen and maintain international relations with Muslim allies, the virality of Trump’s statements breaches our national security.
Ernest, who also called Trump a “carnival-barker,” called out the GOP for remaining silent as Trump morphs into Adolf Hitler before the country’s very eyes.
“For Republican candidates for president to stand by their pledge to support Mr. Trump, that in and of itself is disqualifying,” Earnest said. “The question now is about the rest of the Republican Party and whether or not they’re going to be dragged into the dustbin of history with him. And right now the current trajectory is not very good.”
In a surprising turn of events, instead of circling the wagons around Trump, a plethora of GOP leaders have also denounced his statements, including the party’s golden boy, newly minted Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, and
Darth Vadar former Vice-President Dick Cheney.
“What was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for and, more importantly, it’s not what this country stands for,” said Ryan.
“His whole notion that somehow we need to say no more Muslims and just ban a whole religion goes against everything we stand for and believe in,” Cheney said in a radio interview.
Several of the Republican Presidential candidates have also expressed that they do not agree with Trump.
“Donald Trump is unhinged,” Jeb Bush said in a tweet. “His ‘policy’ proposals are not serious.”
“I disagree with Donald Trump’s latest proposal. His habit of making offensive and outlandish statements will not bring Americans together,” tweeted Florida Senator Marco “Water Bottle” Rubio.
In a radio interview New Jersey governor Chris Christie said, “Again, this is the kind of thing that people say when they have no experience and don’t know what they’re talking about. We do not need to endorse that type of activity, nor should we.”
Ohio Governor John Kasich released a statement saying, “This is just more of the outrageous divisiveness that characterizes his every breath and another reason why he is entirely unsuited to lead the United States.”
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said on MSNBC‘s “Morning Joe,” If you want to make America great again, reject this without any doubt or hesitation.”
Trump has said an infinite number of bigoted statements since he began his run for president, including his plan to close the border between U.S and Mexico because Mexicans, according to his twisted, racist logic, are “rapists” who bring “drugs and crime.”
Those comments cost Trump his business deals with NBC and Univision, but they didn’t stop him from spewing hate. Maybe the entire political leadership turning against him will, but probably not.
After all, as his hate speech grows, so do his poll numbers with 68 percent of his supporters saying they would follow him if he left the Republican Party and ran as an independent.